Trump, Cruz release adverts targeting each other’s record
DONALD Trump is launching an offensive against Ted Cruz in South Carolina, calling him the “worst kind of Washington insider” in a wide-ranging attack advertisement that paints him as dishonest, unsavory and inconsistent.
Cruz and Trump have both laboured to position themselves as the race’s outsiders, a claim that Trump looks to rebut in the new South Carolina spot, CNN reported.
“What kind of man talks from both sides of his mouth on amnesty for illegals on national television – and still denies it?” a narrator said in the advertisement. “Who took more than a million dollars in sweetheart loans from Wall Street banks, and fails to disclose it as required by law? Who runs a campaign accused of dirty tricks, and tried to sabotage Ben Carson with false rumors?”
Those claims by the Trump advertisement reference Cruz’s failure to not properly report loans he received during his 2012 Senate campaign and alleged misconduct by his campaign toward Carson on the night of the Iowa caucuses. Cruz has admitted he made mistakes on both charges.
– the worst kind of Washington insider, who just can’t be trusted,” the spot concludes.
The advertisement, captured by advertising tracker CMAG/Kantar Media, began airing in the Greenville, South Carolina, media market on Monday evening, the night before the New Hampshire primary.
Cruz and Trump are expected to compete for top billing in South Carolina, a state that Cruz’s campaign has identified as the rubber match between the two likely winners of the first two early voting states, Iowa and New Hampshire. Cruz beat Trump in Iowa, and
Trump is expected to win in Tuesday’s Granite State contest.
South Carolina’s Republican primary is scheduled for February 20.