Presidential races

Trump: Establishment rallying behind me to stop ‘nasty’ Cruz

GOP front-runner Donald Trump says establishment Republicans are warming up to his presidential bid because they’re terrified of Ted Cruz being the party’s nominee.

“I think the establishment actually is against me but really coming on line because they see me as opposed to Cruz, who is a nasty guy who can’t get along with anybody,” Trump said in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Monday.

“Look, at a certain point, we got to make deals,” Trump continued. “We can’t have a guy who stands in the middle of the Senate floor and every other senator thinks he’s a whack job. You have to make deals, you have to get along, that’s the purpose of what our founders created, and Ted cannot get along with anybody. He’s a nasty person.”

{mosads}Both Trump and Cruz are viewed as outsider candidates and largely despised by the political class, which is holding out hope that a mainstream Republican like Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie or John Kasich can break out in the crowded field.

But with only one week to go before the Iowa caucuses, Trump and Cruz are running one and two in Iowa, while the moderate candidates are splitting support and, with the exception of Rubio, mired in single-digits.

The tight race between Trump and Cruz has shattered a tenuous peace between the two.

In recent weeks, Trump has been assailing Cruz for being an opposition figure who is incapable of working with his colleagues to get things done and making a pitch to the evangelical voters who have migrated into his rival’s camp.

Cruz, meanwhile, has sought to highlight Trump’s past support for liberal causes, and has honed in on the issue of eminent domain, which gives the government power to seize a private citizen’s land.

One Cruz ad accused Trump of colluding with “Atlantic City insiders to bulldoze the home of an elderly widow for a limousine parking lot at his casino.”

Trump shot back at that ad on Monday.

“He tells lies,” Trump said. “He says I knocked down some woman’s home … had bulldozers — I didn’t knock it down some woman’s home, she didn’t want it.”

Trump also offered a full-throated defense of eminent domain, saying its integral to building out the nation’s infrastructure.

“The word eminent domain — you wouldn’t have roads, you wouldn’t have airports you wouldn’t have hospitals, you wouldn’t schools,” Trump said. “You have to have eminent domain.

“By the way, the Keystone Pipeline is all eminent domain,” he continued. “You wouldn’t move that thing ten feet without taking that land on which it sits. And by the way all of those people get paid a lot of money, it’s not like they take it. They take it and pay a lot of money. But he makes a big deal out of eminent domain — you wouldn’t have a country, you wouldn’t have one highway in this country, you wouldn’t have a railroad, you wouldn’t have anything.”

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