In Iowa and nationally, they are the top two Republicans running for president, at least according to the polls.
So it’s no accident Donald Trump, the celebrity billionaire, is attacking Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas in his latest TV advertisement. The ad, unveiled this morning, takes direct aim at Mr. Cruz on immigration, an issue each candidate has made a top priority in the campaign.
“Ted Cruz is a total hypocrite and, until recently, a Canadian citizen who may not even have a legal right to run for President,” Mr. Trump said in a statement. “He didn’t disclose loans, pretending he’s Robin Hood, when he’s just another all talk, no action politician.
The ad shows Mr. Cruz “in a confused state,” in the words of Mr. Trump, during a Fox News interview, in which he was pressed about an amendment to an immigration-reform bill.
Mr. Trump then appears on screen during an ABC interview, charging that “we don’t have a country right now” because immigrants are “pouring in and they’re doing tremendous damage if you look at crime, if you look at the economy.”
Mr. Cruz has sought to portray Mr. Trump, a former Democrat who holds liberal positions on several hot button issues, as a false conservative, and lambasted him for representing leftist “New York values.” In turn, as he always does, Mr. Trump has belittled Mr. Cruz, claiming that he can’t run for president because he was born in Canada, though most constitutional experts say he is eligible because he was born an American citizen.
Both candidates are immigration hardliners.
The ad will run on TV in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. Mr. Trump boasts he is spending $2 million a week on advertising.
Disclosure: Donald Trump is the father-in-law of Jared Kushner, the publisher of Observer Media.