In a weekend interview, pro-life Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz went after Donald Trump saying that the businessman and GOO hopeful is just like Hillary Clinton because he has praised the Planned Parenthood abortion business.
Here’s what Cruz said:
And Donald and Hillary are really flip sides of the same coin. Hillary has made millions of dollars selling power and influence in Washington. Donald has made billions buying politicians like Hillary Clinton and I will say for Republicans, if we end up nominated, if we end up in the general election having two candidates on the ballot who are both big government rich New York, we will have profoundly failed this country.
Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton agree they think planned Parenthood is wonderful, they both support taxpayer funding for it. I disagree with it.
Cruz is right on one point but wrong on another. Trump has pretty consistently opposed taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood but he also has repeatedly praised — like Hillary – America’s largest abortion business. Here’s a selection of recent Trump quotes doing both:
“Look, Planned Parenthood has done very good work for many, many — for millions of women,” Trump said in a news conference Tuesday night. “And I’ll say it, and I know a lot of the so-called conservatives, they say that’s really … cause I’m a conservative, but I’m a common-sense conservative.”
Trump said he would not fund Planned Parenthood “as long as you have the abortion going on,” but noted the “millions of people — and I’ve had thousands of letters from women — that have been helped.”
“I have many, many friends who are women who understand Planned Parenthood better than you or I will ever understand it,” Trump told Chuck Todd, the host of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” in an interview Sunday. “And they do some very good work. Cervical cancer, lots of women’s issue, women’s health issues are taken care of.”
“Planned Parenthood does a really good job at a lot of different areas. But not on abortion,” he said Sunday. “So I’m not going to fund it if it’s doing the abortion. I am not going to fund it.”
In an interview with David Brody of CBN, Trump made that promise. Although his promise will go a long way towards reassuring pro-life voters he would implement specific pro-life policy on abortion as president, Trump continued to praise Planned Parenthood — following up on his “good things” and “wonderful work” comments that have turned off some pro-life voters.
Meanwhile, Trump said he thinks the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case that ushered in an era of 48 million abortions was “wrongly decided.” Trump said he would appoint “very good judges” who would ultimately “change it” but he opposed Roe without specifically saying it should be overturned.