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Cruz on Trump Skipping CPAC: 'He Was Told Conservatives...Were Going To Be Here'

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Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, pauses as he speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Friday, March 4, 2016, in National Harbor, Md. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)AP

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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, continued his offensive against Donald Trump at Friday's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) outside of Washington, D.C. The senator from Texas even opened by reminding the crowd that Donald Trump would not be attending.

“I think someone told him Megyn Kelly was going to be here. Or worse, he was told there were conservatives who were going to be here,” Cruz said.

When Fox News’ Sean Hannity asked Cruz about Mitt Romney’s speech against Trump, the senator suggested that Romney’s concerns are legitimate because they are widespread.

“The concern Mitt’s expressing is a concern people have all over this country,” he said during his appearance.

The GOP candidate continued to attack Trump for previously funding democratic candidates and funding senators who were a part of the Gang of Eight, who tried to get immigration reform passed. But when the question came up concerning a brokered convention, Cruz continued his argument that it was simply a dream of the establishment.

“Anytime you hear someone talking about a brokered convention it is the Washington establishment in a fevered frenzy,” the senator said. “All of their chosen candidates, all of the golden children, the voters keep rejecting… If you want to beat Donald Trump, here’s how you do it. You beat Donald Trump with the voters," Cruz said.

Cruz showed no desire to go to a brokered convention and continued to assert that he is the only candidate who can beat Trump during the primary battle. He cited his wins over the front-runner during the election so far. “Super Tuesday made clear that only one campaign has beaten Donald Trump and only one campaign will beat Donald Trump,” the republican candidate said.

And while attacking Trump took up a good portion of Cruz’s talking points, he also surprised the room by saying he does agree with Sen. Bernie Sanders on one issue.

“I agree with Bernie Sanders. Bernie Sanders talks all the time about the corruption in Washington...Bernie’s right. When he’s defining the problem he is exactly right,” Cruz said.

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