As tensions escalate, Cruz calls Trump a 'sniveling coward'

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Cruz looks on as Trump speaks at the Republican U.S. presidential candidates debate sponsored by CBS News and the Republican National Committee in GreenvilleBy James Oliphant WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The feud between Republican presidential contenders Donald Trump and Ted Cruz over their spouses heated up on Thursday, with Cruz calling the party front-runner “a sniveling coward” for threatening his wife on Twitter. The senator from Texas also sharpened his attacks on Trump’s conservative credentials, linking the brash billionaire to disgraced New York politicians Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner. Cruz continued bashing Trump for making Cruz’s wife, Heidi, a target of social-media barbs.

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