The feud between Republican presidential rivals Donald Trump and Ted Cruz continues to intensify and both teams are playing to win.
The Texas senator took to social media before Sunday’s Democratic presidential debate to ask “which team” Trump would play for.
Cruz posted a video of the front-runner praising Bill and Hillary Clinton over the years along with the question:
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 18, 2016
Cruz’s hard-hitting jab was in response to an attack from Trump during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week” when the real estate tycoon called Cruz a “very nasty guy.”
“Look, the truth is, he’s a nasty guy,” Trump told host George Stephanopoulos. “Nobody likes him. Nobody in Congress likes him. Nobody likes him anywhere once they get to know him. He’s a very –- he’s got an edge that’s not good. You can’t make deals with people like that and it’s not a good thing.”
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) January 17, 2016
Before Cruz posted the combative tweet, super PACs supporting the candidate released an ad with audio of Trump spewing compliments about the senator, even calling him a “very special guy.”
The audio was from a clip published in 2014 by BPR, when the two were friends.
Behind the scenes: Cruz super PAC donors huddled Sunday and had this ad ready. A response to Trump on ABC: https://t.co/CxS5bbDEzW
— Robert Costa (@costareports) January 18, 2016
Trump phoned in Monday to “Fox & Friends” to respond to Cruz’s attack and showed no sign of letting up in the war of words.
Evoking Ronald Reagan, the candidate said “everybody’s views change,” noting that the former president was once a “strong liberal” before becoming “quite conservative.”
Trump pointed to Cruz’s shifting position on immigration to illustrate his point, repeating his claim that the senator is “very unpopular in Washington.”
Trump was asked to respond to comments from conservative stalwarts Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin who don’t want him attacking Cruz.
“I have to do what I have to do,” Trump said. “I want to make America great again… You have to get deals done. We can’t always keep invoking executive orders like Obama does because he can’t get deals done.”
“Everybody hates Ted,” he reiterated, suggesting that Cruz cannot make deals.
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