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

Republican presidential hopeful Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzNoisy democracy, or rude people behaving like children? Democrats hold fading odds of winning Senate this November Donald Trump Jr. emerges as GOP fundraising force MORE on Friday attacked rival Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSenators pledge action on Saudi journalist’s disappearance Senators concerned as Trump official disputes UN climate change warning Rubio: Response to death of Saudi journalist 'can't be symbolic' 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.