WASHINGTON (AP) — Here are the latest developments from the 2016 race for president, one week out from the Iowa caucuses. All times local.

8:45 a.m.

Ted Cruz is mocking Donald Trump’s decision to skip Thursday’s FOX News Republican presidential debate, taunting him on Twitter and creating an image of his face on the illustrated body of Disney tycoon Scrooge McDuck, sitting on top of bags of money.

Cruz on Tuesday responded to Trump’s decision to skip the debate in Des Moines by challenging him to a one-on-one debate, “mano-a-mano.” Cruz is following that up on Wednesday with a satirical message on Twitter, linking to a clip of the song “Brave Sir Robin Ran Away” from a film by the British comedy troupe Monty Python.

Cruz created an online petition showing a mock-up of Trump with the Disney character’s body, sitting on bags of money, on top of a mountain of gold coins, encouraging supporters to “Tell Ducking Donald: Debate Ted Cruz.”


7:20 a.m.

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is accusing FOX News anchorwoman Megyn Kelly of being “completely obsessed” with his candidate, and says most people tuned in to the first FOX News Republican debate because Trump was on stage.

His comments to ABC’s Good Morning America Wednesday follow a statement by Trump a day earlier that he would not participate in the upcoming FOX News GOP debate, scheduled for Thursday.

The feud between Trump and Kelly began during the first FOX News debate in August, when Kelly asked the candidate if previous, disparaging comments he has made against women reflect the temperament of a president.

On Tuesday, Trump called Kelly a “lightweight reporter.”

Lewandowski said Wednesday that Trump will instead spend his time with wounded veterans in Des Moines, Iowa. The state hosts the country’s lead-off presidential contest on Feb. 1.


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