Cruz channels Aaron Sorkin film in Trump fight

Republican presidential candidate Ted CruzTed CruzDem lawmakers rally Muslims against Trump Anti-Clinton super-PAC looks to inflame intraparty tension with Sanders backers The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE on Wednesday appeared to reference an Aaron Sorkin film while pushing back on rival Donald TrumpDonald TrumpHow did Hillary Clinton do? Pundits react to speech Winners and losers of the Democratic National Convention Trump unloads on Clinton moments after speech MORE's threat to bring his wife into the campaign.

"She is way out of his league. If he wants to get in a character fight, he should stick with me,” Cruz told George Stephanopoulos during an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America."

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Cruz used the same line during an interview on CNN's "New Day," saying, "If Donald wants to get in a character fight, he's better off sticking with me, because Heidi is way out of his league."
 
Comparisons were immediately drawn to a scene in Sorkin's "The American President" where President Shepherd, portrayed by Michael Douglas, defends a character named Sydney Ellen Wade.
 
"You want a character debate, Bob, you better stick with me, 'cause Sydney Ellen Wade is way out of your league," Douglas's character says in a memorable moment during the 1995 film.
The line was part of Cruz's pushback against Trump threatening to "spill the beans" on his wife.
 
The Texas senator has made pop culture references a theme in his campaign, invoking films "The Princess Bride" and "Jerry Maguire" and TV show "The Simpsons" at times.

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