An ad from Ted Cruz's presidential campaign blasted Florida Sen. Marco Rubio for using President Obama's language to market the Senate's 2013 immigration reform legislation. Rubio co-authored the Senate's bill, which failed under the scrutiny of Republicans in the House.
"Rubio got to Washington and wrote the bill giving amnesty to illegals using Obama's talking points to make his sales pitch," a narrator says in the ad. "Marco Rubio burned us once. He shouldn't get the chance to sell us out again."
The ad juxtaposes the previous comments of Rubio and President Obama about the goal and implementation of immigration reform, and the two are shown to sound nearly identical.
The ad follows the plot of a similar ad from the Cruz campaign that lambasted Rubio as the "Republican Obama." Rubio subsequently charged that Cruz has run a "very deceitful campaign," which is a sentiment that has been echoed by other Republican presidential candidates including Donald Trump and Ben Carson.
With days remaining until the South Carolina primary the presence of negative advertisements has multiplied exponentially. South Carolina television stations recently removed a TV ad from Cruz's supporters that claimed a Rubio presidency would lead to the proliferation of 'sanctuary cities' for illegal immigrants. Cruz has since asked that certain attack ads from Rubio's supporters be taken off air as well.
Cruz is currently second in the Washington Examiner's presidential power rankings. Rubio is third.