Cruz, who polls indicate is actually leading Trump in Iowa ahead of the February 1 caucuses, has been embroiled in controversy over the loans for failing to list them on his Federal Election Commission (FEC) reporting statements. Cruz doing the same thing to trump but what about this factor now, these talk show hosts like rush Limbaugh weighing in. "Unlike a number of candidates in the field, we don't view any of these one states as a must-win for us". "It's not how it works".
But Cruz's response has been to double-down: Saturday he released a video of Trump saying in 1999 that "Hey, I lived in New York City and Manhattan all my life so my views are a little bit different than if I lived in Iowa, perhaps, but [gays openly serving in the military] is not something that would disturb me".
"Don't listen to what we say as candidates", Cruz said urging voters to look at the candidate's records.
"If when the battle is being fought and you don't stand up and show up to fight, then your credibility when you're a presidential candidate when you say, 'Gosh, I really care about amnesty, ' becomes a little suspect", Cruz said.
Limbaugh warned in December that Trump was using "left-wing, liberal language" in attacking Cruz when he went went after him for opposing ethanol subsidies.
Trump began the morning slamming Cruz in a series of tweets, taking a break to appear at a campaign event in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, before resuming his tirade.
Trump also hit Cruz for criticizing him for embodying "New York values", citing New Yorkers' resilience after the September 11, 2001, attacks and the firefighters who came from across the United States to help. The Times earlier had reported that Cruz had not disclosed a loan from Goldman Sachs for the same campaign.
Cruz, who is competing with Trump for the GOP nomination, added that if Republican voters want a nominee who will "cozy up to Chuck Schumer - by the way he's written checks to Chuck Schumer, I never have - then you ought to be backing him".
Before Trump took the stage, state co-chairman Steve Stepanek urged audience members to stay engaged and get out to vote on primary day, February 9. He said that he is making the 69-year-old businessman nervous, and that Trump's numbers have been dropping in recent polls.
"You know cities are cities, but they're basically people, their brick and mortar and they're people and he spoke very disparagingly about the people of New York", Trump told the crowd.
Trump declared Saturday morning that Cruz was a "natural-born Canadian". But speaking to reporters at a church not far from Charlotte on Saturday, Cruz, who once declined to attack Trump, shed any caution he may have had about laying into his top rival.
Trump also went after the other front runner in the republican race, Ted Cruz, saying the Texas Senator would be beholden to big donors if elected.
During the GOP debate, Cruz got into hot water for suggesting Trump had NY values.