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Megyn Kelly Pushes Ted Cruz On Debate Demand: 'How Would It Work?'

The Texas senator suggested over the weekend that only journalists who voted in a Republican primary should moderate GOP primary debates.

Fox News host Megyn Kelly grilled Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on her show Tuesday for suggesting that the only journalists who should be allowed to moderate future GOP debates are those who have voted for Republicans in the past.

"How would it work?" Kelly asked Cruz. "Would we have to submit our voting records to you or some committee?"

Cruz spoke at the Iowa GOP’s Growth and Opportunity Forum on Saturday, where he suggested that the only journalists that should be allowed to moderate a Republican primary debate are those who have voted at least once in a Republican primary election.

“How about instead of a bunch of attack journalists, we actually have real conservatives?” he told the Iowa crowd on Saturday. “Could you imagine a debate moderated by Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin?”

Cruz doubled down on his proposal on "The Kelly File," saying that "the one rule change that I think the RNC ought to think about is saying that if you have never in your life voted in a Republican Party primary, that you shouldn't be moderating a Republican primary debate."

Kelly pushed back on the notion.

“Let me challenge you on that. Do you have any idea whether Bret Baier or Chris Wallace have voted in a Republican primary?” Kelly asked Cruz, who admitted to not knowing either of the Fox News journalists’ voting records. “Neither do I, but I can tell you that they are the two most fair, talented journalists in the business.”

She pointed out that under Cruz’s proposal, both of her colleagues could potentially be excluded from moderating future debates. 

“My guess is that they probably have voted in a Republican primary,” Cruz responded. “I can certainly tell you that Chris Wallace, Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly are not liberals.”

Cruz's proposal is part of a larger Republican blowback against the media following last week's widely criticized CNBC debate. 

Earlier this week, The Washington Post published an open letter from Republican lawyer and pro bono debate negotiator Ben Ginsberg that listed a series of demands that television networks would have to comply with during future debates. The list of demands was compiled following a meeting with a dozen GOP campaigns on Sunday. Following the publication of the letter, a number of Republican candidates have pledged not to sign it.

Cruz is one of the latest candidates to come out against the letter, telling Kelly on Tuesday that he is "not interested in signing on to a letter of demands."

Watch the full clip from "The Kelly File" above.