SENECA, S.C. — Sen. Ted Cruz dared Donald Trump to sue him Wednesday after the billionaire businessman sent a cease-and-desist letter demanding the end to a Cruz campaign ad accusing Mr. Trump of being pro-choice.
The ad features video of Mr. Trump in 1999 saying he’s pro-choice, including opposing a ban on partial-birth abortion — and Mr. Cruz said he can’t imagine Mr. Trump has a case, but he welcomes the lawsuit because it would mean a court, the public at large, would get to hear extensive evidence of Mr. Trump’s record.
“File the lawsuit,” Mr. Cruz challenged at a press conference. “That lawsuit will be frivolous and it will result in Donald Trump and any lawyer that sins his name to the pleadings being sanctioned in court.”
Mr. Trump now says he is pro-life, but the remarks from the 1999 interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” program have become a sharp weapon against him in South Carolina, where GOP primary voters are overwhelmingly pro-life.