With only two weeks remaining before the Republican caucus, the rivalry between top bets Donald Trump and Ted Cruz becomes more heated, with both parties throwing scathing words at each other.
During an interview with George Stephanopoulos on last Sunday’s episode of This Week, Donald Trump said that he doesn’t think Cruz has a “great chance” of winning and added that he is a “nasty guy,” no one likes him, and that it is difficult to make deals with a guy like him.
The business tycoon is now asking the Texas senator about the loan that Cruz reportedly took out in 2012 during his campaign for senator, which he failed to disclose in the final campaign finance documents.
Donald Trump criticized Cruz for not revealing the truth about all the funds raised for his campaigns, and that he not only borrowed from Goldman Sachs, but also from Citibank.
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) January 17, 2016
The former TV host also opined on why the senator chose not to reveal such details.
“You know why? He wants to look like Robin Hood that he’s the one protecting the people from the banks while he’s actually borrowing money and personally guaranteeing it and not disclosing it, which is illegal,” Donald Trump told Stephanopoulos during the interview.
However, the senator has, time and again, dismissed accusations that he intentionally decided to withhold these details, saying that it was merely a “paperwork error.”
In addition, Trump is also putting the blame on Cruz for supporting now-Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts back in 2005.
Donald Trump Blames Ted Cruz and Chief Justice John Roberts for ObamaCare
Trump said that Cruz “fought like hell” in order for Roberts to be Supreme Court chief justice, which Trump believes was a disaster.
“He turned out to be an absolute disaster because he gave us Obamacare,” the presidential candidate said.
On the other hand, the Texas senator also spoke up against Donald Trump during a campaign in South Carolina on Saturday, as well as an interview with Fox News on Sunday.
In the Fox interview, Cruz explained what he meant when he said that Trump has “New York values,” a term he equates with being “far left” and “liberal.”
Ted Cruz Slams Donald Trump for His “New York Values”
Cruz told host Chris Wallace that back in 1999, Trump himself said that his politics is a “reflection” of where he lived.
According to Cruz, having “New York values” means that while Donald Trump is against abortion, he is open to legalizing it. In addition, he pointed out that the billionaire does not have a clear position on gays in the military and gay marriage.
Cruz also mentioned Trump at another campaign held last Saturday. He said that he is making the 69-year-old businessman nervous, and that Trump’s numbers have been dropping in recent polls. He also said that Trump does not react well to such pressure.
“You know in terms of a commander-in-chief, I think we ought to have someone who isn’t springing out of bed and tweeting in response to the latest polls. Stable and steady and a calm hand to keep this country safe,” Cruz said, clearly bashing Trump’s inability to keep calm.
In addition, a report cited that when Trump was leading the Republican polls in September, he was asked whether Cruz, who was born in Canada to an American mother, is eligible for presidency.
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 15, 2016
Donald Trump responded that he believed Cruz is in good standing.
However, as the polls leading to the Republican caucus reveal a tighter race between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, the former now believes the latter may face legal issues concerning his citizenship.
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