"A picture is worth a thousand words" - Donald Trump compares his wife to rival Ted Cruz's

It comes after a photo of Melania Trump was used by Cruz supporters

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (left) speaks as Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz (right) listens at the University of Miami | Image: Wilfredo Lee / AP/Press Association Images

US presidential hopeful Donald Trump has switched tactics in his campaign - by comparing his wife to his rivals.

Mr Trump tweeted an unflattering photo of Senator Ted Cruz's wife, Heidi, adding that "A picture is worth a thousand words".

Beside Mrs Cruz in the edited photo is Mr Trump's wife, Melania.

In response, Senator Cruz said: "Donald, real men don't attack women. Your wife is lovely, and Heidi is the love of my life".

While Mrs Cruz, who also has a Twitter account, has not responded to Trump's tweet.

It comes after a photo of Melania Trump - originally shot for GQ Magazine - was used by Cruz supporters online.

It shows her in a nude pose, with the caption: "Meet Melania Trump. Your next First Lady".

Donald Trump attacked Cruz, saying: "Lyin' Ted Cruz just used a picture of Melania from a G.Q. shoot in his ad. Be careful, Lyin' Ted, or I will spill the beans on your wife!"

But Senator Cruz denied having any involvement, replying: "Pic of your wife not from us. Donald, if you try to attack Heidi, you're more of a coward than I thought".