During the most recent Republican debate, presidential candidates Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas sparred over the business mogul’s moderate stance on Planned Parenthood. The Cruz campaign has since aired a negative ad attacking Trump’s praise for the women’s health provider (video below).
During the CBS-moderated debate on Feb. 13, Cruz attacked Trump for his previous remarks regarding Planned Parenthood, a health care provider that the majority of GOP politicians have pledged to defund.
The Texas senator accused the business mogul of being a liberal disguised in conservative clothing.
“Donald has this weird pattern,” Cruz said, according to Yahoo Politics. “When you point to his record, he screams ‘liar.’”
Trump defended his previous remarks about Planned Parenthood while calling Cruz a “liar” and a “nasty guy,” shouting over the senator.
“It does wonderful things, but not as it relates to abortion,” Trump said. “Wonderful things that have to do with women’s health.”
In August 2015, Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity that while he did not approve of Planned Parenthood’s abortion services, he was supportive of the overall organization.
“They do good things,” Trump said, according to The Hill. “There’s two Planned Parenthoods, in a way. We have to help women. A lot of women are helped. So we have to look at the positives for Planned Parenthood.”
Earlier that week, Trump had referred to Planned Parenthood as an “abortion factory” during the first GOP debate of the 2016 cycle.
Following the latest Republican debate, the Cruz campaign has dropped an advertisement in South Carolina that replays Trump’s positive remarks about Planned Parenthood, according to The New York Times.
“Donald Trump -- just plain wrong,” the ad concluded.
Cruz has also rolled Trump’s moderate stance on Planned Parenthood into the Feb. 13 death of Justice Antonin Scalia, whose passing leaves a vacant seat in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Republican lawmakers and presidential candidates have sworn to block any attempt by President Barack Obama to replace Scalia. During the debate, Cruz insinuated that Trump would not install a justice suitable for the conservative agenda.
“If Donald Trump is president, he will appoint liberals,” Cruz said.