Just after the news hit that Donald Trump was not going to participate in this week's Republican debate, Sen. Ted Cruz issued a direct challenge on Mark Levin's national radio show.
Pointing out that Trump's missing the debate was a disservice to Iowa's voters — and suggesting that it was due to fear over confronting Megyn Kelly — Cruz offered to directly debate Trump one-on-one.
Here's what he said:
"And so if Donald is afraid of Megyn Kelly, I would like to invite him on your show to participate in a one-on-one debate between me and Donald, mano a mano.
Now, we could do it a number of ways, we could have, we could have you moderate it, Mark, we could have Sean Hannity moderate it, we could have Rush Limbaugh moderate it. But, you know what, if he's afraid of Megyn Kelly, if he's afraid of you and afraid Hannity, and afraid of Rush, then we could do it without any moderators whatsoever.
I'm happy to go an hour and a half, mano a mano, me and Donald, with no moderators anytime before the Iowa caucuses. That's what a candidate who actually wants to work for the people, wants to earn the support of the people, will do is just stand up and defend your record."
Trump has not yet responded to Cruz's one-on-one debate challenge.