Donald Trump has threatened Ted Cruz with a lawsuit over a campaign ad he claims is misleading; the response from Ted Cruz himself is, "Bring it on."
The ad uses a series of video clips, some recent, some older, showcasing Trump's varied positions on various issues.
"I'm very capable of changing to anything I want to change to," Trump is seen saying in a recent interview with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News. The ad then cuts to an older interview Trump gave to the late Tim Russert in 1999 where Trump expounded his pro-abortion views and said as president he would not ban partial birth abortion.
Trump now claims to be pro-life, a point his lawyers say is misrepresented by the ad.
Politico reports that Cruz played the ad and read from the lawyer's letter sent by Trump while essentially encouraging Trump to file his lawsuit:
The senator, armed with an easel that displayed Trump's campaign contributions to Democrats and a video of the ad in question, held forth for 40 minutes, seeking to steal the spotlight in South Carolina days before Saturday's primary, after being repeatedly hammered with criticisms from both Trump and Marco Rubio.
"Donald, if you want to file a lawsuit challenging this ad, claiming it's defamation, file the lawsuit," Cruz told reporters here after playing the ad, which shows clips of Trump espousing more liberal positions on issues like abortion from an interview with Tim Russert more than a decade ago.
Cruz went on to say that if the lawsuit is filed he may well depose Trump himself:
"Whether in a deposition or in a court of law, getting Donald Trump under oath, under penalty of perjury, answering these questions? Well I'll point out, it didn't work out very well for Bill Clinton. Donald Trump does not want to be under oath answering questions about his own record."
Cruz and Trump have been locked in a bitter war of words as Cruz has risen in the polls to be a potential threat to Trump. That said, most polls have Trump winning South Carolina by double digits next week.