Republican presidential hopeful Ted CruzTed CruzGOP senators shoot down Cruz’s aid on campaign trail Rankings: Trump’s top 10 VP picks Stephen Hawking: Trump a 'demagogue' MORE on Friday attacked rival Marco RubioMarco RubioMcConnell pressuring Rubio to run again Rankings: Trump’s top 10 VP picks Rubio apologized to Trump for 'small hands' crack MORE for not working hard enough to defund Planned Parenthood.
“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.