GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz said today that ABC News anchor and former Clinton White House staffer George Stephanopoulos has no business moderating any 2016 presidential debates.
Cruz was asked in the Senate hallway this afternoon whether Stephanopoulos should host any debates following today’s revelation that he gave $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation without it disclosing it while officially covering the organization for ABC News.
“Of course not,” Cruz responded, according to a transcript provided to The Federalist by one of his campaign communications staffers. “Debates should not be moderated by partisan Democrats who are actively supporting one of the candidates.”
Stephanopoulos announced earlier this afternoon that he does not plan to moderate ABC’s Republican primary debate scheduled to be held in February of 2016 in New Hampshire.
“I won’t moderate that debate,” Stephanopoulos told Politico. “I think I’ve shown that I can moderate debates fairly. That said, I know there have been questions made about moderating debates this year. I want to be sure I don’t deprive viewers of a good debate.”
He did not, however, say whether he planned to moderate any 2016 Democratic primary or general election debates or if he planned to recuse himself from all 2016 campaign coverage due to his apparent conflict of interest.