According to the Des Moines Register:
“Cruz challenged Trump to the debate after Trump said Tuesday he will not participate in Thursday’s Fox News debate. Cruz told his West Des Moines audience that he has booked a venue for 8 p.m. Saturday at Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City for a two-hour debate.”
He and Trump are the still leading the pack in the Republican race ahead of the Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses, according to recent polls.
U.S. Sen. Cruz, a Texas Republican, had several supporters with him as he spoke at the anti-abortion rally at Noah’s Event Center in West Des Moines, including Tony Perkins, of the Family Research Council; Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa; Bob Vander Plaats, of The Family Leader; and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
Perkins said Cruz is the candidate he most trusts to choose anti-abortion Supreme Court justices.
The Des Moines Register also reports:
“The large audience cheered multiple times during Cruz’s stump speech, in which he noted several priorities, including his belief in the “right to life,” his promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act and his commitment to preserving citizens’ right to bear arms.
Cruz also reiterated that he plans to visit all of Iowa’s 99 counties before the Feb. 1 caucuses.”