Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are locked in a battle to decide who will emerge as the alternative to Donald Trump. As we noted earlier, Rubio was the first to attack, running ads all but calling Cruz a liar and a national security risk, but Cruz is now counter-punching back, pointing to Rubio’s weak response to the Supreme Court decision imposing gay marriage as telling:
“Two of the sharpest differences are on immigration and marriage,” Cruz said. “So on immigration, we’re on opposite sides of that issue. And then on marriage, what Marco has said is that he views the gay marriage decision as the settled law of the land. And I passionately disagree.”
On “Morning Joe,” Cruz took a shot at The Wall Street Journal, which he dubbed the voice of the Washington insider establishment, not the conservative movement. And as for Rubio?
“For the next three months, the Journal should change their header to the ‘Marco Rubio for president newspaper’ because their attacks — it’s going to keep coming because Marco fights for the principles they care about. Marco joined with Chuck Schumer and Barack Obama,” Cruz said. “Let’s rewind. When Marco ran for senate in Florida he told the men and women of Florida just like I told the men and women of Texas if you elect me, I’ll lead the fight against amnesty. Now some of your viewers may not agree with that, but both of us told our voters that’s what we would do. When we got to Washington we made different choices. He made the choice to stand with Chuck Schumer and Barack Obama and not only lead the fight against amnesty but offer a massive amnesty bill that among other things — you want to talk about national security? The Rubio-Schumer amnesty bill would have dramatically expanded President Obama’s authority to admit Syrian refugees with no background checks whatsoever. Now that is a serious threat to our nationally [sic] security.”
Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at the American Principles Project.