Snapshots: Rhetoric between Trump, Cruz heats up

Indianapolis — Assailing each other with no letup, Republican front-runner Donald Trump and challenger Ted Cruz traded insults, charges and more Tuesday as Indiana voters went to the polls in what could be an all-but-decisive presidential primary election.

Texas Sen. Cruz, who is facing a critical moment for his struggling campaign, unleashed a blistering attack against Trump, calling the businessman “amoral” and warning the country could “plunge into the abyss” if he is elected president.

Trump, growing increasingly confident about his chances of clinching the GOP nomination, responded by saying Cruz “does not have the temperament to be president of the United States.”

Earlier Tuesday Trump had rehashed unsubstantiated claims that the Texan’s father, Rafael Cruz, appeared in a 1963 photograph with John F. Kennedy’s assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald — citing a report first published by the National Enquirer.

During one of his final stops in the state, a visibly exasperated Cruz let his frustrations with Trump fly, calling him a “pathological liar,” a “serial philanderer,” ‘’kooky,” ‘’nuts” and “terrified with strong women.”

In this Feb. 1, 2016, photo, Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas greets his father Rafael as his mother Eleanor Darragh applauds during a rally in Des Moines, Iowa. Republican front-runner Donald Trump rehashed claims Tuesday that his rival Ted Cruzs father has links to President John F. Kennedy’s assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.

Clinton turning focus to Trump

As Indiana voters head to the polls, Hillary Clinton says she is turning her attention to the general election.

The Democratic front-runner said in an MSNBC interview Tuesday that her attention needs to be on beating GOP front-runner Donald Trump, if he wins his nomination fight. She adds that such a matchup would be “a tough campaign against a candidate who will literally say or do anything.”

Clinton called his statements on issues like foreign policy, abortion and wages “scary.”

She said Trump “has given no indication that he understands the gravity of the responsibilities that go with being commander in chief.

Clinton added that will be a “big part” of her campaign “because at some point he’s going to have to be held to the standard we hold anybody running for president and commander in chief.”

Clinton also said she has not been contacted by the FBI for an interview as part of the investigation into her private email server.