Republican presidential candidate Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGOP senators introduce Trump's plan to claw back billion in spending Pro-Trump super PAC raises .5 million in 6 weeks Trump has exposed Democratic hypocrisy on prison reform MORE on Wednesday appeared to reference an Aaron Sorkin film while pushing back on rival Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump and Kim fight PR war as summit talks collapse Trump appears to confirm deal on Chinese firm ZTE Judge rejects Manafort's attempt to throw out some charges 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.