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Cruz Super PAC Takes Aim at Trump on Abortion

January 25, 2016, 5:48 PM UTC
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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC - JANUARY 14: Republican presidential candidates (L-R) Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speak during a commercial break in the Fox Business Network Republican presidential debate at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center on January 14, 2016 in North Charleston, South Carolina. The sixth Republican debate is held in two parts, one main debate for the top seven candidates, and another for three other candidates lower in the current polls. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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A super PAC backing Texas Sen. Ted Cruz fired Monday at Republican front-runner Donald Trump for his statements on abortion more than 15 years ago.

Trump’s stance on abortion, a key issue among many conservatives, was questioned in the ad from Keep the Promise 1, one of a network of super PACs supporting Cruz. The ad labels Trump as not being conservative enough for comments the billionaire made during a 1999 television appearance, saying “I am pro-choice in every respect.”

“Let me be clear — I am pro-life,” Trump wrote. “I support that position with exceptions allowed for rape, incest or the life of the mother being at risk. I did not always hold this position, but I had a significant personal experience that brought the precious gift of life into perspective for me.”

Cruz is banking on support for Evangelical Christians to pull ahead of Trump in Iowa. The billionaire is ahead five points of Cruz, in a polling average compiled by RealClearPolitics.

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