A new ad for Republican presidential candidate Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOn The Trail: Pence's knives come out Pat Fallon wins GOP nomination in race to succeed DNI Ratcliffe The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Negotiators 'far apart' as talks yield little ahead of deadline MORE imagines a war room with Democratic front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton labels Trump coronavirus executive actions a 'stunt' What Trump got wrong by pushing coal Trump is fighting the wrong war MORE and aides rooting for Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests some states may 'pay nothing' as part of unemployment plan Trump denies White House asked about adding him to Mount Rushmore Trump, US face pivotal UN vote on Iran MORE to be the GOP nominee.

The ad highlights reasons why Clinton could beat Trump in a general election. But when Clinton's aides are asked how they will stop Cruz, they don't have an answer.


In the about two-minute ad, an aide tells Clinton that Trump is "paving the way for you to win the White House."

"Our [opposition research] file is ready to go. When our friends in the media release this stuff, he's toast," another staffer says.

The ad slams Trump for his failed businesses and for playing "fast and loose with the facts," detailing how the Clinton campaign would hit GOP the front-runner if he wins his party's nomination.

It touches on Trump's abortion comments, which it says angered both anti-abortion and pro-abortion rights groups. Trump said women should be punished for receiving abortions if the procedure were outlawed, though he later walked those comments back.

The ad criticizes the front-runner for his remarks on NATO. It also says the public distrusts Trump and notes his high disapproval ratings.

"The point is, if Trump becomes the Republican nominee, the White House is yours," an adviser in the ad says.

The ad then says polls show America wants a president it can trust, someone who respects the Constitution and has a proven record in taking on the establishment, before airing a picture of Cruz.

"How do we stop Ted Cruz," an actor, who appears to be portraying Clinton aide Huma Abedin, asks twice.

"I don't think we can," an adviser responds.

The ad closes with an image of Clinton, her husband and Trump, posing for a picture behind the text "only Ted Cruz can defeat Trump and Clinton."

Clinton beats Trump by 9.3 points in a general election matchup, according to the RealClearPolitics average of polls. She beats Cruz by only 2.3 points, according to the average.