Cruz: Trump is no conservative

Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTanden withdraws nomination as Biden budget chief Boehner book jacket teases slams against Cruz, Trump Senate confirms Biden Commerce secretary pick Gina Raimondo MORE cast Donald TrumpDonald TrumpSouth Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Ex-Trump aide Pierson won't run for Dallas-area House seat House Oversight panel reissues subpoena for Trump's accounting firm MORE as a liberal in sheep's clothing during a nationally televised town hall on Wednesday just days before the South Carolina Republican primary.

The Texas senator reiterated his response to Trump's threat to sue him over a campaign ad that framed the real estate mogul as supporting abortion rights judicial nominees as president. That's a tack he took just hours before at a heated press conference where he attempted to goad Trump into filing the suit that he bashed as "frivolous." 
 
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"In 2006, for example, when the Democrats took over Congress, Donald and his son gave about three times as much to the Democrats as they did to the Republicans," he said during the Greenville, S.C., town hall hosted by Anderson Cooper. "They helped put Nancy Pelosi and Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidWho is the Senate parliamentarian and why is she important? Trumpists' assaults on Republicans who refuse to drink the Kool-Aid will help Democrats The Jan. 6 case for ending the Senate filibuster MORE as Speaker of the House and majority leader of the Senate."
 
"They helped set the stage for ObamaCare. And for anyone that actually cares about conservative judges, I'll tell you Anderson, there is no universe in which I could write a check to Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerA Biden stumble on China? First Black secretary of Senate sworn in Republican Ohio Senate candidate calls on GOP rep to resign over impeachment vote MORE, Harry Reid, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClintons remember former adviser Vernon Jordan Biden praises Vernon Jordan: He 'knew the soul of America' The parts of H.R. 1 you haven't heard about MORE, John KerryJohn KerryOVERNIGHT ENERGY: House Democrats reintroduce road map to carbon neutrality by 2050 | Kerry presses oil companies to tackle climate change | Biden delays transfer of sacred lands for copper mine Kerry presses oil companies to tackle climate change Biden, Brazil and the Amazon MORE, Joe BidenJoe BidenIntercept bureau chief: minimum wage was not 'high priority' for Biden in COVID-19 relief South Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Obama alum Seth Harris to serve as Biden labor adviser: report MORE or Jimmy Carter. And anyone who's done that by definition does not care about conservative justices because the people he supported fought tooth-and-nail to put liberals on the Supreme Court." 
 
Trump sent Cruz's campaign a cease-and-desist letter over the campaign ad and responded to Cruz's mid-day press conference with a harsh statement chiding him as "Teddy." 
 
The two GOP front-runners have deepened their feud over the past few months as they continue to spar in the polls. Cruz edged out Trump in Iowa, but Trump has called for those results to be voided thanks to what he says as controversial actions taken by the Cruz campaign telling supporters of rival Ben Carson their candidate was about to drop out. 
 
Cruz edged out Trump in a Wednesday national poll by NBC News/The Wall Street Journal, the first time Trump came in second in a major national poll in months. But Trump continues to post strong leads in Saturday's South Carolina primary.