The Wisconsin primary is just days away as the remaining Republican candidates fight for the state's 42 delegates up for grabs. During a CNN town hall event in the Badger State on Tuesday night, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz attempted to criticize the media for their endless coverage of Republican front runner Donald Trump, but ran into a wall when he directed his attack at moderator Anderson Cooper.

Cruz vs Cooper

When Trump announced his candidacy for president last summer, most political pundits and members of the media didn't give him much of a chance at victory.

Fast forward to present day and the billionaire real estate mogul is the odds on favorite to become the GOP nominee. With his surprising surge, the media has covered Trump ad nauseam, which has caused envy among his opponents. As Mediaite pointed out on March 29, Cruz attempted to criticize the media over their coverage of Trump, and was met with backlash from Cooper.

After Cooper pressed Cruz on how he was late to attack the former host of "The Apprentice," often praising Trump during the early stages of the campaign, Cruz turned the attention to the media.

"The media was engaging in a love-fest, giving Donald Trump $2 billion in free media," Cruz told Cooper.

The popular CNN host responded, "It sounds like you were engaged in a love-fest though." Cruz answered back, questioning why CNN and other networks allow Trump to call in during live shows.

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In a quick and fiery response, Cooper put Cruz on the spot, asking, "We've asked you for interviews pretty much every day and you’ve declined every offer on my program." The Texas senator had no answer for Cooper, instead deflecting back to his feud with Trump.

Primary status

The Republican National Convention is scheduled for this July in Cleveland, Ohio. While Trump is leading the way with 736 delegates, Cruz is not far behind with 463 to his name.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has refused to drop out of the race, but with only 143 delegates, is considered a long shot to become the party's nominee.

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