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

Republican presidential hopeful Ted CruzTed CruzGOP talks of narrowing ‘blue-slip’ rule for judges Abortion poses hurdle for Senate healthcare bill Senator's photo spurs caption contest MORE on Friday attacked rival Marco RubioMarco RubioDHS extends protected status for Haitians for six months Congress should let local communities set their own PACE Rubio: ‘People got what they voted for’ 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.