Ted Cruz has come up with a novel idea that would likely be a first in American history.
The Republican presidential contender challenged a termed out President Obama to debate him over remarks Obama made on Tuesday in the Philippines, where the president mocked GOP candidates for expressing concerns about the safety of American citizens in allowing Syrian refugees into the U.S.
Obama said the Republicans “are scared of three-year-old orphans.”
“I want to encourage you, Mr. President, come back and insult me to my face,” Cruz said. “Let’s have a debate on Syrian refugees right now. We can do it anywhere you want. I prefer it in the United States and not overseas where you’re making insults. It’s easy to toss a cheap insult when no one can respond, but let’s have a debate.”
Now that’s a match up America would love to see, but Cruz wasn’t finished.
“I got to tell you, it’s utterly befitting of the president to be engaging in those kind of personal insults and attacks,” he added.
Video: Obama leaves EMPTY CHAIR during moment of silence for Paris, strolls in late
Some on the left hyperventilated over Cruz daring to challenge the president, as if he intended to assault Dear Leader. But they conveniently overlook a number of occurrences where a petulant Obama called out those who fell out of favor with him, to include the U.S. Supreme Court during his 2010 State of the Union address.
The reaction on social media to Cruz’s challenge was mostly in the spirit of fun, save the expected cynicism of the left. Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
To the Octagon! I'd pay serious money to see this fight https://t.co/S5YcV34HR4
— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) November 18, 2015
@MarcACaputo Count me in. Who’s taking the bets for this?! My $ is on Cruz, for intellect alone!
— Anna (@Mstwinkle1966) November 18, 2015
I mean, Ted Cruz just basically said “Come at me, bro” to the President of the United States. https://t.co/xButIiTIQ3
— Will McAvoy (@WillMcAvoyACN) November 18, 2015
@WillMcAvoyACN He actually didn’t, if you watch the video and hear the tone, but thanks anyways.
— Michael (@Michael2014abc) November 18, 2015
Everyone, meet behind the gym after last period. https://t.co/IHND7j9tkC
— Julie Roginsky (@julieroginsky) November 18, 2015
@julieroginsky No Julie, It’s more like meet me out in the middle of Main St. at high Noon. Just an American calling out a coward.
— USRoute41 (@USRoute41) November 18, 2015
@mmurraypolitics Somebody call Ron Burgundy. Gonna be a rumble…
— Paul Singer (@singernews) November 18, 2015
@stholeary So the President throwing out schoolyard taunts = Presidential. Cruz throwing out schoolyard taunts = not Presidential. Got it.
— Chris Lloyd (@chrisrlloyd) November 18, 2015
— Ben Cushing (@bmcushing) November 18, 2015
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