Conservative radio host Sean Hannity and Sen. Ted Cruz had a testy back and forth on the host's Tuesday show, with Hannity telling the Texas senator at one point that he was "getting sick of" Cruz dodging "legitimate questions."
The interview got off to a tense start right off the bat. Hannity suggested Americans were wondering about what role delegates play in the process of choosing a nominee, with talk of a contested Republican convention heating up.
"Sean, with all respect, that's not what people are concerned about," Cruz said. "I'm campaigning every day. People are concerned about bringing jobs back to America. People are concerned about raising wages. People are concerned about getting the federal government off the backs of small businesses, and people are concerned about beating Hillary" Clinton.
Cruz said the media "loves to obsess" about the process of choosing a Republican nominee for president. He said what amounted to "whining" from Donald Trump's campaign about the delegate process being unfair is "silly."
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U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, speaks at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. Cruz was scheduled to speak on the scope of treaty power in the U.S. Constitution. Photographer: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg via Getty Images
LYNCHBURG, VA - MARCH 23: Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) stands on stage his his daughter, Catherine Cruz, 4, left, his wife, Heidi Cruz, and his older sister, Caroline Cruz, 6, right, after he made a speech announcing his candidacy for a presidential bid at Liberty University on Monday March 23, 2015 in Lynchburg, VA.(Photo by Matt McClain/ The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas and former 2016 presidential candidate, takes the stage with his family during the 2016 Texas Republican Convention in Dallas, Texas, U.S., on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Paul Ryan made clear Thursday that he is sticking with his extraordinary gambit that he isn't ready to support the Republican nominee for president unless Donald Trump can demonstrate that he's Republican enough. Photographer: Laura Buckman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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Hannity came back at Cruz, telling him that he hears from people who tell him that they "find this whole process confusing."
Trump has went on a tear over the past several days, calling the delegate process "rigged" after a series of contests in which Cruz's campaign outmaneuvered Trump in the battle for delegates. If no candidate reaches the required 1,237 delegates to lock down the Republican nomination, many delegates that would be bound to Trump on the first convention ballot could vote for a different candidate on subsequent ballots.
Hannity pointed out that the Cruz campaign has focused on wooing delegates who might be able to switch their vote from Trump to Cruz on a second convention ballot.