As Cruz rises in U.S. presidential polls, Trump calls him 'maniac'

Cruz greets Trump onstage as they address a Tea Party rally against the Iran nuclear deal at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonBy Doina Chiacu and Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump had a new target on Sunday, calling fellow White House contender Ted Cruz “a little bit of a maniac” as the U.S. senator passed him in an Iowa opinion poll.Cruz’s dogged pursuit of conservative Iowa voters has paid off in the form of a 10-percentage-point lead over Trump in the state, where the first presidential nominating contest will take place on Feb. 1. Unlike the other Republicans seeking their party’s nomination for the November 2016 presidential election, the U.S. senator from Texas has embraced Trump and avoided publicly criticizing the popular candidate. “I don’t think he is qualified to be president,” Trump said on “Fox News Sunday.” “I don’t think he has the right temperament.

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