At a town hall in Madison, Wisconsin, moderator Kelly asked Cruz if he has ever committed adultery.
“I have not,” the Texas senator replied. “That attack was complete and utter garbage. It was complete lies. And it came from Donald Trump and his henchmen. Those reports, they’re not a little bit true, not slightly true.”
Although Trump previously denied any involvement in the National Enquirer report published in late March, Cruz maintains that the billionaire businessman is to blame, adding on Monday that the Trump campaign has been circulating the report.
“It’s completely made-up nonsense. It’s simply not true,” Cruz said of the article. “I have always been faithful to my wife. I love my wife. She’s my best friend in the world. This is the kind of garbage the Trump campaign engages in. You know why? Because they can’t debate substance.”
Cruz added that the only person quoted in the report is Trump’s former political adviser Roger Stone, who, Kelly pointed out, parted ways with the real estate mogul in August. Nevertheless, Cruz claims Stone is now “the campaign’s attack dog, spreading lies and personal smears,” Yahoo News reports.
When Kelly asked whether the personal lives and marital indiscretions of presidential candidates should matter to the public, Cruz replied, “I don’t think it is a state secret that Donald’s personal life hasn’t been immaculate but I have no interest in going there.”
Cruz previously accused Trump and “his henchmen” of peddling the report, telling reporters after a campaign stop in Wisconsin on March 25 that the real estate mogul “will lie and go to sleaze. Well, that sleaze has no place in politics, and I hope the American people are fed up with it.”
Trump denied playing any role in the report in a statement at the time, saying, “I have no idea whether or not the cover story about Ted Cruz in this week’s issue of The National Enquirer is true or not, but I had absolutely nothing to do with it, did not know about it, and have not, as yet, read it.”
Cruz’s wife, who has frequently stumped for her husband on the campaign trail, appeared with him on stage following Monday’s town hall.
The senator touted his loving marriage and “partnership” with Heidi during a recent rally, saying, “Heidi and I talk a dozen times a day on anything, on everything.”
He added that they chose one another because they both wanted “a partnership of equals who loved each other and did everything together.”