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The Republican nominating contest between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz took another ugly turn as the two candidates tussled over a National Enquirer cover story alleging that the Texas senator had extramarital affairs.

In a statement to the press, Cruz called the story "garbage" and laid blame directly at Trump.

"It is complete and utter lies. It is a tabloid smear, and it is a smear that has come from Donald Trump and his henchmen," Cruz said to reporters.

Cruz specifically pointed to veteran GOP operative and Trump pal Roger Stone for e-mailing the article to prominent Republicans and reporters, and separately noted Trump's friendship with National Enquirer CEO David Pecker.

"David is good friends with Donald Trump. In fact, the National Enquirer has endorsed Donald Trump," he said.

Trump issued a statement saying that he didn't know whether or not the story was true, but said that he had "absolutely nothing to do with it" or the National Enquirer.

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