A political action committee supporting perenial Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is airing ads in Iowa attacking opponent Ted Cruz for not opposing marriage equality strongly enough. The radio spot, “Two Teds,” claims Cruz is secretly supported by “liberals.”
The radio spot uses one word from Cruz’s answer to a question about same-sex marriage. Asked if rolling back marriage equality would be a “top three priority” for Cruz, the candidate answered, “No, I would say defending the Constitution is a top priority,” according to the Washington Post. Cruz then launched into a longer explanation of how he would attempt to overturn marriage equality.
“And that cuts across the whole spectrum — whether it’s defending the First Amendment, defending religious liberty, stopping courts from making public policy issues that are left to the people. And I also think the 10th Amendment to the Constitution cuts across a lot of issues.”
The disingenuous advertisement, however, only uses the word “no” to portray Cruz as supporting same-sex marriage. Cruz is supported by “liberals who don’t share our conservative Iowa values,” according to the spot.
The ad was paid for by the pro-Huckabee super PAC, Pursuing America’s Greatness.