Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Memo: Will Mueller play hardball with Trump? Mexican presidential candidate vows to fire back at Trump's 'offensive' tweets Elizabeth Warren urges grads to fight for 'what is decent' in current political climate MORE bashed Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTen dead after shooting at Texas high school Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers target Chinese tech giants | Dems move to save top cyber post | Trump gets a new CIA chief | Ryan delays election security briefing | Twitter CEO meets lawmakers For cable commentators, the 2016 GOP primary never ended MORE as "Lying Ted" as Thursday night's GOP debate continued its fireworks.  

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Cruz and Rubio had ganged up on Trump, accusing him of waffling on his tough talk on immigration. They specifically noted reports that Trump made off-the-record comments to The New York Times about immigration and questioned whether those comments would undercut his rhetoric.
 
"That's why this New York Times tape is so troubling, beacuse what's been reported is Donald told the editorial board of The New York Times, 'What I'm saying on immigration, I don't believe. I'm not going to build a wall, I'm not going to deport people,' this is all just rhetoric for the voters," Cruz said. 
 
"If he didn't say that, he has an easy solution — simply release the tape." 
 
Trump struck back when Cruz repeated the attack a few minutes later.
 
"You're the lying guy up here. You're the one, you're the one," Trump said. 
 
"I've given my answer, Lying Ted. I've given my answer."
 
While Trump debuted the pejorative nickname for Cruz during a Super Tuesday rally, it's the first time he's used it on a national forum.