Cruz is Target of Fierce Attacks at GOP Debate

Source: Texas Tribune | February 13, 2016 | Abby Livingston

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Weeks of simmering tension between U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and his GOP rivals for president boiled over on national television Saturday night, as real estate magnate Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio savaged him to his face.

“You are the single biggest liar,” Trump said of Cruz. “This guy lied — let me just tell you, this guy lied about Ben Carson when he took votes away from Ben Carson in Iowa, and he just continues.” 

He then accused the Cruz campaign of orchestrating robo-calls saying Trump has dropped out of the South Carolina race. 

“This is the same thing he did to Ben Carson,” Trump said. “This guy will say anything. Nasty guy. Now we know why he doesn’t have one endorsement from any of his colleagues.” 

Cruz responded calmly: “I will say it is fairly remarkable to see Donald defending Ben Carson after he called him pathological and compared him to a child molester, both of which are offensive and wrong.

“Donald has this weird pattern: When you point to his own record, he screams ‘Liar, liar, liar.’”  

The exchange overshadowed what would otherwise have been an astounding back and forth between Cruz and Rubio. 


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