The Republican presidential debate Thursday opened with Senator Ted Cruz thanking voters in Iowa and momentarily acting like Donald Trump.
Trump was gone but not forgotten at the Fox-Google debate as moderator Megyn Kelly began the night by asking candidate Cruz to address the “elephant not in the room.”
The Texas senator responded by insulting the other candidates on the platform.
“Let me say, I’m a maniac. And everyone on this stage is stupid, fat and ugly,” he said. Then, turning to neurosurgeon Ben Carson next to him, he added “And Ben, you’re a terrible surgeon.”
“Now that we got the Donald Trump portion out of the way,” he said, to laughter and applause, “I want to thank everyone here for showing the men and women of Iowa the respect to show up.”
Before his jab at Trump, Cruz took the opportunity to thank residents in Iowa for their hospitality to his family and promised, if elected, he would not forget them.
“If I am elected president, keep an eye on the tarmac because I’ll be back,” he said. “Because Iowa in 2017 will not be fly-over country, it will be fly-to country.”
Watch Cruz’s opening remarks in the video below.
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