Sen. Ted Cruz tells Meet The Press host Chuck Todd that while Donald Trump focuses on personal attacks, "my focus is policy and substance and record and who will be a consistent proven conservative."
SEN. TED CRUZ: Six weeks ago Donald thought I was terrific, I was his friend, he was singing my praises. Then his poll numbers started dropping. Our numbers started surging. And suddenly he began blasting me, not on policy, not on substance but on personal insults and attacks. And, Chuck, my approach consistently both before and after he started doing that is not to respond in kind. I think the people of Iowa deserve better than insults. So my focus is policy and substance and record and who will be a consistent proven conservative.
CHUCK TODD: Why did you suddenly stop going after Trump on paid ads and going after in your campaign attack Marco Rubio? How concerned are you about Senator Rubio catching you here in Iowa?
SEN. TED CRUZ: Listen, we are drawing contrast, both trump and marco are attacking me. they're attacking me with all their might. And we're drawing contrast. and the contrasts are clear. the contrasts by the way are substantive and policy based. A vote for Marco Rubio is a vote for amnesty. And a vote for Donald Trump is a vote for Obamacare.
If you look at their positions, Marco Rubio right now is a presidential candidate is advocating amnesty, advocating citizenship for 12 million people here illegally. And Donald Trump, right now as a candidate, is advocating full-on expanding Obamacare to make it socialized medicine.
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have the identical position on health care, which is they want to put the government in charge of you and your doctor. Now, my views are polar opposite opposites of both of those. If I'm elected there will be no amnesty, we will secure the border. If I'm elected we will repeal every word of Obamacare. So that gives a clear and simple choice for the voters.