On Friday, the new campaign ads were released by Republican candidates for President. Two candidates, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz set their sights on each other. The first primaries in Iowa will take place on February 1st with candidates fighting to get their messages out. Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have proven that what was once called a campaign “Bromance “has evaporated and the gloves are off. Trump has continued with the “Birther” issue of Cruz’s eligibility to even become the President while Cruz has hit back with questions of Trump’s temperament.
The first attack ad of Trump’s campaign attacks the policies of Senator Cruz’s policies regarding amnesty of illegal or undocumented immigrants. In the new ad, Trump calls Cruz at “flip-flopping politician” who was at one time “pro-amnesty” on immigration. The ad then shows Senator Cruz is tripping over his words as he tries to explain to Fox News why he proposed a Senate measure that would have granted legal status to millions of immigrants in the country illegally. The ad then has Trump speaking and saying that Cruz has allowed illegal immigrants the ability to pour in and that these illegal or undocumented workers have caused a great strain on the United States’ economy. Trump meanwhile, would address the situation by stopping the flow of illegal immigrants before they even arrive at the border and when found in the United States they would be deported quickly.
Senator Cruz hit back against businessman Donald Trump by identifying Trump as being against the middle class as Trump has embraced “eminent domain.” Donald Trump has been quoted as saying, “I think eminent domain is wonderful.” The ad is set in Atlantic City when Donald Trump was actively trying to have a property sold to his corporation to make way for a new parking lot for the Trump casino. The ad though, when fact checked does not hold up. The ad claims that a widow lost her home to Trump and eminent domain although that in fact is not true. The woman in question eventually sold her property to the Trump corporation and she retired to Florida. The Cruz campaign has not backed down to the assertion though.
Cruz spokesperson Rick Tyler has agreed that the woman was able to sell her home and she in fact did not actually lose her home. “The ad is truthful in its telling of Mr. Trump’s attempt to have a widow’s home taken from her because it was in the way of his plans for his casino which ultimately failed when Trump Hotels and Casinos Resorts filed for bankruptcy,” Tyler contends. Trump campaign spokesperson Katrina Pierson stated that the ad is so misleading considering eminent domain abuse and that “the ad is very misleading. In fact, it outright lies about a widow’s home being bulldozed.” Trump took to Twitter to explain his cause, “Ted Cruz complains about my views on eminent domain, but without it we wouldn’t have roads, highways, airports, schools or even pipelines,” he wrote.