Ted Cruz on Lindsey Graham-Donald Trump Feud: 'Who Cares?' (Audio)

Ted Cruz has a lot of "friends." The Texas firebrand known for throwing Republican leadership under the bus on a regular basis dismissed the feud between Lindsey Graham and Donald Trump in a scrum with reporters Wednesday. That feud, of course, includes Graham's charge of Trump being a "jackass" and Trump's retaliation of giving out the phone number for Graham's old-fashioned flip-phone. "Who cares?" Cruz said. "Let's focus on the issues that matter for the American people." Cruz 'Friends' With Trump, Graham Cruz had just presided over a Judiciary subcommittee hearing on Supreme Court activism. The presidential hopeful was asked about his proposed Supreme Court reforms — he wants justices to face the voters on the ballot — before the conversation quickly turned to the Trump-Graham brouhaha. Cruz dismissed such questions as the media encouraging "Republican-on-Republican violence." Cruz, who has been called a "wacko bird" by Graham's buddy Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who is in his own tiff with Trump, instead refers to his rivals as "friends." “Donald Trump is a friend. I'm a fan of Donald Trump's. Lindsey Graham’s a friend. I'm a fan of Lindsey," the Texas senator said. "Each of them are big boys and they can take care of themselves." Instead, Cruz redirected the conversation, saying the more important issues are the Supreme Court — which was the subject of his hearing — and the Iran deal. And Cruz is only too happy to direct his flair for superheated rhetoric on those issues. "If Iran acquires a nuclear weapon, the odds are unacceptably high they would use that weapon. Who in their right mind would give a nation led by a theocratic, radical, Islamic zealot, the Ayatollah Khamenei who leads chants of 'death to America' – who in their right mind would give Iran nuclear weapons and the ability to murder millions of Americans in a flash of light?" said Cruz. "That is an issue we should be talking about, not which political candidate is bickering with another political candidate." Related: Graham-Trump Cellphone Debacle Might Be Hassle for Senate Tech Team See photos, follies, HOH Hits and Misses and more at Roll Call's new video site. Get breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call in your inbox or on your iPhone.