Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas are going after each other with only two weeks left before the Iowa caucuses (video below).
Trump told ABC News' “This Week” on Jan. 17:
Look, the truth is he's a nasty guy. He was so nice to me. I mean, I knew it. I was watching. I kept saying, "Come on Ted. Let's go, okay." But he's a nasty guy. 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. It's not a good thing for the country. Very nasty guy.
On Jan. 16, Trump tweeted a 2015 story from The New York Times about Cruz attending a dinner and reception in New York City that was hosted by two wealthy gay hoteliers.
"Ted is the ultimate hypocrite," Trump added in the caption. "Says one thing for money, does another for votes."
Cruz has come out against gay marriage and mocked Trump for his "New York values."
The billionaire reality TV star also tweeted on Jan. 16, "When will @TedCruz give all the New York based campaign contributions back to the special interests that control him."
Cruz responded with a tweet on Jan. 16: "Even Donald Trump himself says #NewYorkValues are different from the values in Iowa and across the country."
Cruz also linked to a 1999 video (below) of Trump explaining how he is pro-choice and supports gay rights based on his life in New York City.
“People want to know how you’re different," Cruz spokesman Rick Tyler told POLITICO on Jan. 15. "It’s time to tell how we’re different.”