- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday said attacks on his wife, Heidi, should be beneath GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump and that Mr. Trump would be better off sticking to Mr. Cruz himself if he wants to get into a character fight.

“When Donald gets scared, when he gets angry, when he’s threatened, he begins yelling. He begins screaming. He begins, often, cursing,” Mr. Cruz said on CNN’s “New Day.” “And he begins trying to be a bully.”

“So last night, Donald threatened my wife. He went directly after my wife,” Mr. Cruz said. “And I got to tell you that, number one, Heidi, my wife — she’s the daughter of missionaries in Africa; she is my best friend in the world.”

“And if Donald wants to get in a character fight, he’s better off sticking with me. … Heidi is way out of his league,” Mr. Cruz said.

“It reveals a lot about character, reveals a lot about class that Donald’s instinct is to try to attack my wife and sully her,” Mr. Cruz said. “That should be beneath Donald.”

On Tuesday evening, Mr. Trump had tweeted: “Lyin’ Ted Cruz just used a picture of Melania from a G.Q. shoot in his ad. Be careful, Lyin’ Ted, or I will spill the beans on your wife!”

That was an apparent reference to an ad from an anti-Trump super PAC not affiliated with Mr. Cruz or his campaign.

Mr. Cruz said Wednesday that Mr. Trump had a “very bad night” and that the billionaire businessman got “blown out of the water” in Utah.

“And he is seeing Republicans uniting behind our campaign,” Mr. Cruz said. “He’s very dismayed, so he wants to drag it into the gutter, he wants to drag it into personal attacks, and at the end of the day, I have no interest in that.”

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