Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz responded on 28 April to a report that retired House Speaker John Boehner had called him Lucifer. Boehner, a Republican, weighed in on the presidential race during a talk at Stanford University on Wednesday, according to the student newspaper, saying he could vote for his golfing and texting buddy Donald Trump but harshly criticising Cruz.

Lucifer in the flesh, Boehner said of Cruz, who is a staunch fiscal conservative and who angered many of his colleagues in Congress by leading a government shutdown in 2013. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a b***h in my life, he added.

Cruz, a US Senator from Texas, said Boehner was allowing his inner Trump to come out. When John Boehner calls me Lucifer, hes not directing that at me. Hes directing that at you. What Boehner is angry with me for is not anything Ive ever said to him. I havent said much of anything to him. What Boehner is angry with me for is is standing with the American people, is energizing and encouraging House conservatives to stand with the American people and actually honour the commitments weve made, Cruz told reporters before a rally in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

On 27 April, Cruz named former Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina as his running mate should he win the partys nomination, a move that could help him draw womens support.