Cruz, Fiorina vow to veto Planned Parenthood funds if president

Cruz, Fiorina vow to veto Planned Parenthood funds if president
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Health Care: Trump eases rules on insurance outside ObamaCare | HHS office on religious rights gets 300 complaints in a month | GOP chair eyes opioid bill vote by Memorial Day HHS official put on leave amid probe into social media posts Trump, Pence to address CPAC this week MORE (R-Texas) and Carly Fiorina have both pledged to veto any spending bill that contains funding for Planned Parenthood if they become president, according to a survey of the candidates released by the conservative group ForAmerica. 

The two-question survey also asked if, as president, the candidates would instruct the Department of Justice to launch a criminal investigation of Planned Parenthood.   

Cruz and Fiorina, along with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) all answered "yes" to both questions, the group said. 

However, the group says none of the other presidential candidates responded to the survey, which it says was circulated a week ago. 

Brent Bozell, the chairman of ForAmerica, which says it has 7.7 million members, criticized the other GOP candidates, particularly front-runners Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out 'subversion' at VA MORE and Ben Carson, for failing to respond. 

“The pro-life community should have nothing but high praise for Sen. Cruz along with Ms. Fiorina, Gov. Jindal and Sen. Santorum who clearly have the courage of their convictions and are willing to commit to disconnecting hard-working taxpayers from funding this barbaric organization,” Bozell said in a statement. 

"Where the rest are concerned, pro-lifers have reason to be concerned, most especially with the front-runners who are delivering lots of rhetoric, but are apparently unwilling to commit to any serious action. It smells like business as usual,” he added. 

Cruz, Fiorina, Jindal and Santorum are making a pledge along the same lines as the vow from 31 House conservatives not to vote for any bill funding the government beyond Sept. 30 that includes Planned Parenthood money. 

That pledge has posed a problem for Republican congressional leaders looking to avoid a government shutdown. 

Cruz, along with Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulDem wins Kentucky state House seat in district Trump won by 49 points GOP's tax reform bait-and-switch will widen inequality Pentagon budget euphoria could be short-lived MORE (R-Ky.), have also vowed that they will not support any funding bill that includes Planned Parenthood money.   

The presidential debate on Wednesday night gives candidates a stage to increase the pressure on congressional Republican leaders to take a hard line. 

Bozell singled out Trump and Carson. 

“Mr. Trump has wavered on the issue in recent weeks,” he said. “And Dr. Carson claims to be making a strong push for conservative support, but their refusal is disappointing and quite revealing.”