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Sen. Ted Cruz Suggests GOP Primary Voters Should Moderate Debates (Video)

| by Kathryn Schroeder
Sen. Ted Cruz.Sen. Ted Cruz.

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas suggested GOP debates should be moderated by primary voters, and offered his "dream team" of debate moderators during an interview following the Oct. 28 CNBC debate (video below).

"Why is it that we keep having debates where the moderators, no one in their right minds thinks the moderators will actually vote in a Republican primary?" Cruz asked Sean Hannity of Fox News during an interview after the debate on Oct. 28. "In my view, Republican primary debates ought to be moderated by people who would vote in a primary."

During the debate, Cruz criticized the moderators, suggesting they are the reason Americans mistrust the media.

“The questions that have been asked so far in this debate illustrate why the American people don’t trust the media,” Cruz said during the debate. “This is not a cage match.”

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He continued his criticism during the interview with Hannity.

"We've seen now over and over again where the media … they are the Democrats' cheerleaders, and in these debates … every question is an insult, every question is asking one Republican to attack another Republican," Cruz said.

Cruz offered up his “dream team” of moderators for a GOP debate.

”How about a debate moderated by Sean Hannity, Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh," Cruz said. "Now that would be a debate!"

“I’m in,” Hannity responded, adding that he thinks conservative radio hosts Limbaugh and Levin would also agree.

Hannity added that Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman, would be a good moderator.

Priebus voiced his displeasure with the CNBC moderators shortly after the debate.

“I was very disappointed in the moderators. I'm disappointed in CNBC," Priebus told reporters, CNN reports. "I thought they would bring forward a pretty fair forum here tonight. But I think it was one gotcha question, one personal low blow after another."

Hannity also said it was a “gotcha debate,” to which Cruz agreed.

Cruz is not the only candidate to show displeasure with the CNBC debate and mainstream media.

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said during the debate that the media is a super PAC for Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.

Donald Trump slammed the debate's “ridiculous questions.”

Ben Carson told reporters on Oct. 29 he will be requesting a new debate format.

‎"We need a change of format," Carson said during a press conference in Lakewood, Colorado. "Debates are supposed to be to 'get to know the candidates,' what is behind them. What it has turned into is a gotcha." ‎

Carson plans to reach out to the other candidates to “lay out a plan” going forward.

The next Republican debate is scheduled for Nov. 10, hosted by Fox Business.

Sources: The Sean Hannity Show, CNN, Opposing Views / Photo credit: Screenshot/YouTube