New York Times
By Nick Corasaniti
February 10, 2016
Donald J. Trump released an ad Wednesday attacking Senator Ted Cruz of Texas as the two prepare to square off in South Carolina, after splitting the first two Republican nominating contests.
The advertisement opens with Mr. Trump giving a thumbs-up, “approving this message,” but becomes very critical very fast. A raspy voice alleges Mr. Cruz “talks from both sides of his mouth on amnesty” for undocumented immigrants, as a photograph of Mr. Cruz zooms to the foreground and an interview with Fox News plays in the background. “Cruz Challenged on Immigration Flip-Flop,” the ad proclaims in white text, citing Fox News.
The ad cuts to a photograph of Mr. Cruz, glistening and smirking, his gaze cast longingly on an image of the Wall Street sign, as the narrator accuses him of taking “more than $1 million in sweetheart loans from Wall Street banks” and not disclosing them.
Mr. Trump has bristled at Mr. Cruz’s casting himself as an outsider and for focusing on the issue of immigration, which Mr. Trump says he highlighted first. Beneath each criticism of Mr. Cruz is an unspoken contrast with Mr. Trump: Mr. Cruz’s alleged changing positions on immigration, while Mr. Trump was “the first” to want to build a wall. Mr. Cruz needing Wall Street money to fund his campaign, while Mr. Trump claims to “self-fund” (although he has received millions in donations). And Mr. Trump, explicitly or implicitly, has accused Mr. Cruz of “stealing” the Iowa caucuses by courting Mr. Carson’s supporters by saying the candidate was dropping out of the race.
Mr. Cruz’s record on immigration has been examined, with the candidate claiming his 2013 amendment was a “poison pill,” and not a vote for amnesty. He did take $1 million in a loan he did not disclose, according to an investigation by The New York Times. And his campaign and the senator himself have apologized to Mr. Carson for their actions on the night of the Iowa caucuses.
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Facing another tough contest with Mr. Cruz in South Carolina, Mr. Trump is trying to secure support from conservative voters. Unlikely to win over evangelicals who support Mr. Cruz, the ad is aimed at the large conservative Tea Party faction in South Carolina for which Mr. Cruz and Mr. Trump will be competing.
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