Rubio: Cruz pattern of lying ‘disturbing’
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“And the bottom line is there’s been this disturbing pattern over the last couple of weeks from Ted Cruz of just saying things that are not true,” Rubio said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “Just in the last week he’s lied about my record on marriage, he’s lied about my record on Planned Parenthood, of course he lied about Ben Carson in Iowa.”

He also said Cruz is not the “purist” on immigration that he portrays himself to be.

“And then he also is not telling the truth about immigration,” Rubio said of Cruz. “I mean, he goes around portraying himself as this purist, you know, ‘Ted Cruz the purist on immigration.’”

“But I was there two, three years ago when he was passionately arguing at the committee that we needed to pass immigration reform, we needed to bring people out of the shadows, we needed to find a compromise on people that were in this country illegally,” he added.

“And now he portrays himself as this sort of purist who’s never changed his position on the issues. It’s just not true, and I think this pattern of saying things that just aren’t true has become very disturbing when it comes to Ted Cruz’s campaign.”

Rubio also said he had reached out to former primary rival Chris Christie, who dropped out of the campaign last week, and said he has “no animus toward Chris” despite their repeated run-ins on the campaign trail.