With his hopes of securing the Republican Party presidential nomination and winning the White House now pinned squarely on a delegate fight at the national convention in July, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is pulling out all the stops.
His latest effort is a two-and-a-half-minute web-based video titled "War Room." In it, viewers get an inside look at the Hillary Clinton campaign war room as they discuss Donald Trump's electability weaknesses and conclude that Ted Cruz is the best option to stop a Hillary Clinton White House.
The "operatives" in the video tell "Madam Secretary" that their oppo-file—a political term for opposition research on a particular candidate—on GOP front-runner Donald Trump is "ready to go." They also suggest the businessman is "paving the way" for a Clinton presidency:
ELAN: Silencing dissenters with lawsuits. Taking people's property. And a long list of failed businesses.
DOUG: He plays fast and loose with the facts and he's only concerned with himself.
ELAN: He isn't trusted either and he has the second-highest disapproval ratings of anybody running for president.
HUMA: Who has the highest?
ELAN: Trump's comments on abortion have angered pro-lifers and the pro-choice crowd.
DOUG: So he's a uniter on abortion?
LEN: He doesn't think things through. Not with abortion and not with his taxes. Our friends at the IRS say his returns are full of bombshells. Now, he claims to be a billionaire, but takes tax credits for people that make less than half a million a year.
JOHN: Speaking of bombshells, Trump wants to stabilize the Korean peninsula by giving Japan and South Korea nuclear weapons.
The "operatives" determine a Trump nomination would mean a Hillary Clinton presidency—echoing an argument the Cruz campaign has been making for weeks on the campaign trail, and more recently with RNC leaders—but it comes with a catch:
ELAN: Our latest polling indicates Americans want a president they can trust, someone who isn't a ...
DOUG: ... a liar.
JOHN: Someone who respects the Constitution and the rights it protects.
ELAN: Someone who has a proven track record of taking on the Washington establishment.
LEN: America wants a real leader.
HUMA: Right, get to the point. Who are we talking about here? How do we stop Ted Cruz? How do we stop Ted Cruz?
LEN: I don't think we can.
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