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Ted Cruz: My Rivals "Take A Stick To Donald Trump," But "I Like" Him

"I don't think the people are interested in the battle of personalities and the soap opera."

Posted on August 17, 2015, at 11:26 a.m. ET

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Ted Cruz continued defending Donald Trump last week, saying that, unlike other Republicans, he refuses to "take a stick" to the real estate tycoon.

"Every press interview, question one, two, three, and four is they want you basically to bash Donald Trump," Cruz told radio host Heidi Harris last week.

"That's their favorite thing to ask about. And sadly, a number of other Republican candidates running for president have taken that bait and have jumped in and taken a stick to Donald Trump."

"I like Donald Trump," Cruz continued, "and I'm glad that he has focused attention on illegal immigration. It's a very important issue."

Cruz said, as he often says, that he refuses to bash other Republicans.

"But when the press asks me to engage in bashing other Republicans, I ain't gonna do it," said Cruz. "I don't think the people are interested in the battle of personalities and the soap opera. What they're interested is real leadership to solve the enormous problems facing this country."

Cruz, to be sure, doesn't always follow his own rule against "Republican on Republican violence." Just last month Cruz, in a fiery speech on the Senate floor, leveled accusations of lying at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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