Cruz Throws Down Gauntlet In Challenge To Debate Biden On Gun Control


Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) challenged Vice President Joe Biden to debate him on gun control Friday after learning about Biden’s vague plan to approach Congress with a new plan to restrict gun ownership:

“I would like to invite the Vice President to engage in an hour-long conversation and debate: how do we stop crime? If Vice President Biden really believes that the facts are on his side…then I would think he would welcome the opportunity to talk about the sources; the causes of violent crime — who is carrying it out, and how we can do everything humanly possible to stop it.”

Cruz’s remarks came in a speech to the National Rifle Association’s leadership forum.

Biden announced Thursday he would be launching a cross-country trip to appeal for expanded background checks and gun trafficking laws, but that he and President Barack Obama hadn’t yet discussed the plan.

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  • JimH

    It wouldn’t be a debate.
    It would be Ted having a battle of wits with an unarmed man.
    In order for this to work Joe would have to do the opposite of what he normally does.
    He would have to “open” his mind and “shut” his mouth.

    • Noelle Swartz

      So true. In fact, Cruz would mop the floor with Biden. Thankfully, although Cruz is a gentleman, he wouldn’t allow the buffoonery that Paul Ryan suffered through during the VP debates. This is an encounter I would pay to see. Cruz is like a walking computer with his facts and knowledge of the Constitution, not to mention his breadth of vocabulary.

      • Jana

        That’s why we elected him, and he is doing a good job. Most of the Republican Rhinos and the Democrats are mad at him. Esp. McCain the head Rhino! Hooray.

    • Jeff

      Kind of like you having a conversation with a normal person? It is highly unlikely Biden will debate Cruz. The maxim is: you don’t punch down. The minor leaguer would love a chance to go against the established star; the star has nothing to gain and everything to lose by being seen with the upstart (Ted Cruz aka Joe McCarthy).

  • Doc Sarvis

    Cruz is nuts thinking we can stop crime!

    • Jana

      The only way we are going to stop crime is to quit being soft on crime. We need to start enforcing the laws we have and punishing the guilty, not just give them slaps on the wrist and let them go.

      When someone commits murder, and I mean murder, not killing someone in the heat of the moment or a crime of passion, but premeditated murder, the death penalty should prevail. We have all but stopped giving the death penalty. The person murdered was given the death penalty! But oh no, we are too civilized for that. Then certain people want to blame God for children being murdered and raped when man abolished the penalty that was established for these crimes.

      We have made prisons a place where criminals go to learn new tactics and where they can get drugs and even somehow manage to run their gangs from their cells.

      Something is mighty wrong with this picture.