US polls: Cruz says ‘affair with 5 women’ a lie, sees Trump’s hand

  • Reuters, Washington
  • Updated: Mar 26, 2016 20:13 IST
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz speaks to the media on a campaign stop on Friday. (AP)

Republican contender for the White House Ted Cruz on Friday dismissed a tabloid report accusing him of extramarital affairs as “garbage” and held Donald Trump responsible for it.

The two men have feuded bitterly in recent days over their wives, calling each other names — Cruz called Trump a “sniveling coward” — and now the tabloid report.

The National Enquirer accuses Cruz of extramarital affairs with five women without naming them or providing any proof. Some of the women insinuated have since rubbished the report.

“Let me be clear, this National Enquirer story is garbage,” Cruz told reporters at a campaign stop, bringing up the subject himself. “It is complete and utter lies.”

“It is a tabloid smear, and it is a smear that has come from Donald Trump and his henchmen,” he added, alleging the tabloid was aligned with the flashy real estate tycoon.

Trump denied in a Facebook post he had anything to do with the report: “I have no idea whether or not the cover story about Ted Cruz in this week’s issue of the National Enquirer is true or not, but I had absolutely nothing to do with it, did not know about it, and have not, as yet, read it.”

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Donald Trump with his wife Melania Trump during a campaign event in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (AP)

As Trump closes in on the party nomination, there is mounting sense of urgency in the Republican party leadership to try and stop him, and it’s banking on Cruz to do that.

But Trump leads Cruz by a wide margin in the count of delegates needed to clinch the nomination 739 to 465 (John Kasich is a distant third with 143). They need 1,237 to win.

With 20 more states still to hold their nominating contests on the Republican side, the rivalry between Trump and Cruz is getting muckier and, according to some, uglier.

A partially nude picture of Trump’s wife Melania Trump, from her days as a top model, was used by an anti-Trump group of conservative to canvass support for Cruz.

Trump retaliated, by retweeting a post that ran an unflattering mugshot of Cruz’s wife, Heidi Cruz, along side a glamorous Melania Trump, headlined “A picture is worth a 1,000 words”.

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