Heidi Cruz, the wife of Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, denies that her husband's campaign put out an ad that uses a nude image of Donald Trump's wife, Melania. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Heidi Cruz, the wife of Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, waded into a controversy between her husband and rival Donald Trump over a campaign ad featuring a nude image of Trump's wife, Melania. Heidi Cruz told reporters on Wednesday that her husband's campaign was not responsible for the ad which features model Melania Trump, lounging nude with a caption saying, "Meet Melania Trump. Your next first lady. Or, you could support Ted Cruz on Tuesday." The ad angered Trump, who took to Twitter to defend Melania, and threatened to "spill the beans" on Cruz's wife. He later deleted the tweet. Heidi Cruz told reporters that "most of the things Donald Trump says have no basis in reality." Trump said Cruz was behind the ad, which appeared on Tuesday, the day of nominating contests in Utah, where the heavily Mormon electorate favored Cruz in its caucuses, and in Arizona, which gave Trump a victory in its primary vote. The ad said it was from Make America Awesome, a Super PAC that is allowed to promote a candidate but not coordinate with the campaign. Trump did not indicate what kind of beans he intended to spill about Heidi Cruz, who is on leave from an executive job at Goldman Sachs while campaigning, but her husband quickly came to her defense on Twitter. "Pic of your wife not from us," the U.S. senator from Texas said. "Donald, if you try to attack Heidi, you're more of a coward than I thought. #classless."