GOP presidential hopeful Ted CruzTed CruzTexas Dem targets Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018 What are 'religious liberty' bills really about? Fiorina calls for special prosecutor for Russia probe MORE's campaign on Thursday released a new television ad in South Carolina targeting Marco RubioMarco RubioRepublicans giving Univision the cold shoulder: report Week ahead: Senate panel to vote on Trump's Labor pick Senators introduce new Iran sanctions MORE, urging Republicans to "vote for more than just a pretty face."
The 30-second ad spoofs a self-help group, with several people sitting in a circle and a man asking, "Has anyone else here struggled with being lied to?"
Another man says he voted for someone who campaigned as a "Tea Party hero" before playing "patty cake with Chuck SchumerCharles SchumerPence casts tiebreaking Senate procedural vote on funding for abortion providers Senate seen as starting point for Trump’s infrastructure plan Dems wait for GOP olive branch after ObamaCare debacle MORE" and working to pass "amnesty" — a reference to the 2013 "Gang of Eight" immigration reform bill Rubio worked on.
"Maybe you should vote for more than just a pretty face next time," a woman replies.
The spot ends with another man showing up to the group wearing a T-shirt with Rubio's campaign logo brightly lit, asking if he can join them.
Rubio's campaign fired back, describing their candidate as the "only conservative candidate" able to "unite our party" and win the general election.
"No matter how many attacks Senator Ted Cruz launches, he can't hide from his record of voting against troop funding, supporting a budget to cut defense spending and praising Edward Snowden," Rubio spokesman Joe Pounder said.
Cruz and Rubio have battled over immigration and national security for months. The latest face-off comes as they battle for position heading into the South Carolina primary on Feb. 20.
Fox News, which first reported the new ad, said that it was part of a six-figure buy in the Palmetto State.
- Updated at 4:14 p.m.