“I think Sen. Rubio’s campaign is very, very dismayed that conservatives [are] coming together behind our campaign and is attempting to mislead the voters in an effort to slow that down,” Cruz said. “I don’t believe that’s going to be successful.”…

The anti-Cruz ad, which focuses on his vote in favor of the USA Freedom Act in June, is an affront to people like Bridenstine, Cruz said, calling the congressman a veteran and war hero. 

“The Rubio attack ad is impugning his patriotism,” Cruz told reporters. “It’s suggesting that conservatives like [Utah Republican U.S. Sen.] Mike Lee, like me, like the NRA, somehow acted to undermine our national security. That’s about as ridiculous a proposition as anyone can imagine.”…

“I imagine Sen. Rubio’s PAC is trying to respond to the criticism that is receiving that he was not willing to protect the Fourth Amendment privacy rights of law-abiding citizens, and they are attempting to do so by attacking those of us who were,” Cruz said.