GOP FRONTRUNNER SAVAGES NEAREST RIVAL WITH BLISTERING EARLY STATE SPOT
Billionaire businessman and GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has a new television ad out this week blasting U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas – his closest competition in national polls as well as early-voting Iowa and South Carolina.
Trump’s ad – entitled “Clear Difference” – depicts Cruz struggling to defend his position on the issue of illegal immigration. Specifically, it shows him wilting under questioning from Fox News’ Bret Baier during a disastrous interview last month.
During his exchange with Baier, Cruz attempted to explain his sponsorship of a 2013 immigration amendment as being part of a broader effort to “defeat Marco Rubio’s amnesty” bill.
At the time, however, Cruz claimed he was “not (trying) to kill immigration reform” and that he wanted Rubio’s legislation to pass.
Baier slammed Cruz for the disconnect – and for inaccurately stating during a GOP debate that he had “never supported legalization.”
At the time, Cruz said he supported a bill improving “legal immigration” – one that “allows those here illegally to come out of the shadows.”
“We should look for areas of bipartisan agreement and compromise to come together,” Cruz said at the time.
Ironically, a political action committee supporting Cruz has run ads attacking Rubio’s bill – equating it to the open borders ideology espoused by U.S. president Barack Obama.
Support for amnesty has been among the forces contributing to Rubio’s undoing during the 2016 “Republican” primary – which Trump has dominated in no small part due to his aggressive opposition to illegal immigration.
Anyway, here’s Trump’s spot …
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“Ted Cruz is a total hypocrite and, until recently, a Canadian citizen who may not even have a legal right to run for President,” Trump said in a statement accompanying the ad. “He didn’t disclose loans, pretending he’s Robin Hood, when he’s just another all talk, no action politician. Had I not brought up the subject of illegal immigration, an issue which Ted Cruz is very weak on, nobody would even be talking about it. I will build a great wall, and Mexico will pay for it.”
Trump’s new ad is running in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina – where voters go to the polls on February 1, February 9 and February 20, respectively.
According to Trump’s campaign, he will spend a combined $2 million per week in those three states pushing the spot.
According to the latest aggregate polling from Real Clear Politics, Trump and Cruz are running neck-and-neck in Iowa – with “The Donald” enjoying a narrow 2.6 percentage point lead. However, a recent CNN/ ORC poll in Iowa showed Trump leading Cruz by 11 percentage points.
In New Hampshire and South Carolina, Trump is dominating the rest of the field.