Cruz: Trump 'embodies New York values'
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWhatever you think the Alabama special election means, you’re probably wrong This week: Congress gets ball rolling on tax reform Week ahead: Senators work toward deal to fix ObamaCare markets MORE (Texas) is hitting rival Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pens op-ed on kindergartners learning tech Bharara, Yates tamp down expectations Mueller will bring criminal charges Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open MORE as embodying "New York values," adding new fuel to the growing rivalry between the two men in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.  

With Trump repeatedly raising questions about Cruz's eligibility to run, the Texas senator is beginning to fight back, and late Tuesday offered several pointed criticisms of the billionaire businessman.

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"Donald comes from New York and he embodies New York values," Cruz said during an interview on "The Howie Carr Show." "Listen, the Donald seems to be a little bit rattled."
 
"This race is turning more and more into a two-person race, between me and Donald," he continued. "What we're seeing is conservatives are uniting behind our campaign."
 
Cruz repeated the line that Trump embodies New York values on Fox News's "The Kelly File," saying when asked to elaborate, "The rest of the country knows exactly what New York values are."
 
"I got to say, they're not Iowa values and they're not New Hampshire values," he added.
 
Trump has for a second week called into question Cruz's Canadian birth. Cruz's mother was an American, and he says he is a natural-born citizen under the Constitution.
 
Trump has cited a liberal Harvard professor, Laurence Tribe, to argue that the citizenship question is unsettled. That drew another rebuke from Cruz.
 
"Why are Hillary's strongest supporters backing Donald Trump?" Cruz said.
 
"I do think it's interesting that Hillary Clinton's key supporters are doing everything they can to echo Donald's attacks on me," he reiterated during his Fox News appearance.
 
Asked about Clinton's remarks that Trump "was basically a Democrat before he was a Republican," Cruz said on Carr's show: "Hillary would know well how to identify Democrats."