Cruz: Rubio didn't work hard enough to defund Planned Parenthood

Republican presidential hopeful Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWhatever you think the Alabama special election means, you’re probably wrong This week: Congress gets ball rolling on tax reform Week ahead: Senators work toward deal to fix ObamaCare markets MORE on Friday attacked rival Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense: Tillerson, Trump deny report of rift | Tillerson says he never considered resigning | Trump expresses 'total confidence' in secretary | Rubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad Rubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad with pro-communist posts GOP establishment doubts Bannon’s primary powers MORE for not working hard enough to defund Planned Parenthood. 

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The Texas senator said Rubio failed to stand with him when presented with an opportunity to cut federal funding to the largest abortion provider in America.

“That’s a mistake. So he and I disagree on that,” Cruz said at a Bob Jones University forum in Greenville, S.C., according to Politico.

“We could have defunded Planned Parenthood in the wake of those videos, but too many Republicans in Washington, especially leadership, were afraid to stand and fight,” he added, referring to a series of undercover videos purporting to show the women’s health organization trafficking in fetal body parts.

Planned Parenthood has denied the allegations.

Rubio refused to back Cruz’s plan to shut down the government over Planned Parenthood funding during budget deliberations last year.

The Florida senator has voted for a bill defunding the abortion provider and opposes exceptions to abortion in the cases of rape and incest. 

Cruz spearheaded the effort to shut down the government in 2013 over ObamaCare funding.