If you live in Iowa and you plan to cast a ballot in the coming presidential election cycle, Ted Cruz wants you to know if he is elected, he will kill terrorists. In a new television ad that will be part of a set scheduled to roll out in Iowa Saturday, the Texas senator and Republican presidential hopeful focuses on the military and Islamic extremism.
“If I’m elected to serve as commander in chief, we won’t cower in the face of evil. America will lead,” Cruz says in the ad. “We’ll rebuild our military. We’ll kill the terrorists. And every Islamic extremist will know, if you wage jihad against us, you’re signing your death warrant.
“And under no circumstances will I ever apologize for America,” Cruz goes on to say, staring straight into the camera. In the 30-second ad, Cruz also criticizes President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, saying the world became more dangerous under their leadership.
The ads are scheduled to be introduced during a Michigan State-Iowa football game Saturday evening, the Hill reported. Cruz ranks third in the Republican presidential polls in Iowa, behind Donald Trump and Ben Carson, just ahead of the ever-important February Iowa caucuses.
The ads are scheduled to appear on broadcast television next week, the New York Times reported. Another ad features the endorsement of U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa.
Cruz’s ads come amid increased tensions following the Paris terror attacks, for which the Islamic State group claimed responsibility, and the shootings in San Bernardino, California. The FBI is treating the latter attack as a terror investigation.
The ads also come on the heels of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s barbs that Cruz is not tough enough on national security issues. Rubio, R-Fla., who is also a GOP presidential hopeful, criticized Cruz for supporting ending the collection of data by the National Security Agency, the New York Times reported.