During an interview on The Kelly File with Megyn Kelly, Ted Cruz proved he wasn’t going to play any gotcha games, even if the questioning was coming from a Fox News host.
After explaining that combating illegal immigration would be a complex matter, best tackled in multiple stages, Kelly asked a rather simplistic question for Cruz:
“If you have a husband and a wife who are illegal immigrants, and they have two children who are here, who are American citizens, would you deport all of them? Would you deport the American citizen children?”
Of course, this is a question that no conservative candidate could answer without coming away looking bad. If Cruz answers that he’d let them stay, then he’d lose the conservative audience for taking a seemingly sympathetic approach with amnesty. If he says he’d deport them, then obviously it would mean to the simple-minded that he hates children of illegal immigrants.
Cruz, to his credit, called her out for the question after trying to give a well-reasoned explanation several times.
Via the Daily Caller:
KELLY: That doesn’t sound like an answer. Mr. Trump answered that question explicitly last night on “The O’Reilly Factor.” Will you do so now? … Unlike you, you’re dodging my question. You don’t want to answer —
CRUZ: No, no, I —
KELLY: He said he would. Donald Trump? They’re all gone —
CRUZ: Megyn, I’m not playing that game —
KELLY: Under his policy, what would a President Cruz do? Do the two American citizen children of two illegal immigrants, who are born here, the children. Do they get deported under a President Cruz?
CRUZ: Megyn, I get that that’s the question you want to ask. That’s also the question that every mainstream media, liberal journalist wants to ask —
KELLY: Is it an unfair question?
CRUZ: It is a distraction from how we actually solve the problem.
Cruz would also take another dig at Kelly, saying it was the type of “question Barack Obama wants to focus on.”
Watch the back and forth below…
Kelly was heavily criticized by conservatives for her debate performance earlier this month, with some saying that more brutal questions were delivered to candidates such as Cruz, Trump, and Carson. Others felt she and her co-moderators gave softball questions to more moderate Republicans such as Jeb Bush or Chris Christie.
Comment: Are Megyn Kelly and Fox News helping to decide the ‘most electable’ Republican again this year, much as they did when helping to pre-select John McCain and Mitt Romney?