One of Ted Cruz’s super PACs says its aiming to take out Marco Rubio in his home state of Florida.
And the pro-Cruz super PAC has prepared an array of new attack ads hitting Rubio — on sugar subsidies, on his tax plan, on amnesty and on national defense — with plans to air them in Florida.
“We had so much fun winning Sen. Cruz’s home state by 17 points, we thought why not repeat that in Sen. Rubio’s home state?” said Kellyanne Conway, the Republican strategist who heads Keep the Promise I, which created the ads. The group is funded mostly by $11 million from hedge fund magnate Robert Mercer, and had $2.75 million in the bank at the end of January.
“They’ll be on the air, including if not especially in FL,” Conway said in an email.
The ads are especially notable because on the trail Cruz and Rubio have struck a bit of a truce, even as Cruz has tried to nudge Rubio out of the race. At last week’s debate in Detroit, the two senators refrained from jabbing each other and instead hit frontrunner Donald Trump in unison.
Some Republican strategists who believe that the only way to stop Trump is through a contested convention have argued that Cruz, Rubio and John Kasich should work together in a delegate-denial strategy. That would involve Cruz essentially ceding Florida and its 99, winner-take-all delegates to Rubio. Cruz has publicly rebuked that notion and his campaign says he is the only non-Trump candidate still with a path to the nomination. (Read More)