Ted Cruz deals with Trump-less debate by channeling the Donald at his worst

"I'm a maniac," Cruz said, "and everyone on this stage is stupid, fat, and ugly"

By Scott Eric Kaufman
Published January 29, 2016 7:21AM (UTC)
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Texas Senator Ted Cruz kicked off the GOP's Trump-less Iowa debate by getting a little something out of the way -- Donald Trump.

"I'm a maniac," he said, impersonating the current front-runner, "and everyone on this stage is stupid, fat, and ugly."

Turning to neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Cruz said "Ben, you're a terrible surgeon."


"Now," he concluded, "we've got the Donald Trump portion out of the way."

Check out our GOP debate recap here:
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