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Ted Cruz fires back at CNN host accusing him of hiding from tough questions

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) shot back at CNN's media critic Brian Stelter for criticizing him over network appearances about the Florida school shooting. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) fired back at CNN's media analyst Brian Stelter after he challenged him for not appearing on the cable news network after the horrible school shooting in Florida.

Here's how the feud began on Twitter:

Stelter posted a screenshot from CNN with several Republican lawmakers who they claimed were unwilling to appear on CNN but went on Fox News after the Florida school shooting.

"'What are they afraid of?' CNN calling out [Florida Gov. Rick Scott], [Sen. Ted Cruz], [and Sen. Marco Rubio] for avoiding interviews," he tweeted.

How did Cruz respond?

"Gosh, I seem to recall doing not 1, not 2, but THREE town hall debates w/ @BernieSanders on @CNN Each 90 min long," Cruz responded on Twitter.

"You can accuse me of many things, but being afraid of CNN is not one of them....," he added.

Stelter responded, asking, "Why did you appear on Fox but not other networks today?"

Cruz's senior communications director Catherine Frazier called his accusations "pointless" and "stupid."

"I’ll also note we weren't even invited on "New Day" until 8:11am," she added, "39 minutes before the show ends. What a nice heads up before being gratuitously criticized on air."

Rubio (R-Fla.) was also criticized for saying that it is so far unclear if any new legislation proposed would have stopped the Florida school shooter.

One last thing…
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