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Cruz, Rubio escalate case against Trump

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    From left, Kelly Almond Melony DeFord and Michael DeFord prepare signs for a rally for Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz at Liberty Plaza in Atlanta on Saturday.

ATLANTA >> With Super Tuesday looming, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz escalated their argument Saturday that Donald Trump is a conservative impostor, trying to make the case to voters they can keep the ascendant billionaire from claiming the Republican presidential nomination.

At a rally outside the Georgia Capitol, Cruz went after Trump’s positions on immigration and gun control, criticized his ethics and hammered him for his frequent use of profanity.

“You don’t know what he’s going to say,” Cruz told reporters. “To the parents: Would you be proud of your children if they came home and repeated the words of Donald Trump?”

Rubio kept up a barrage of insults aimed at Trump. Speaking at a football stadium at Mount Paran Christian School in suburban Atlanta, Rubio said Trump has “the worst spray tan in America.”

“Donald Trump likes to sue people,” Rubio said. “He should sue whoever did that to his face.”

The quip drew laughs. Rubio quickly turned to immigration and kept up his criticism that the real estate mogul has employed people living in the country illegally.

“I will do whatever it takes,” Rubio said. “I will campaign as long as it takes.” He said: “Donald Trump, a con artist, will never get control of this party.”

Georgia is one of 11 states that will hold GOP presidential primaries Tuesday, when 595 delegates will be at stake.

Super Tuesday is the biggest single-day delegate haul of the nomination contests and, says Cruz, “the single best opportunity to defeat Donald Trump.” Democrats also vote in 11 states, as well as in American Samoa.

The Texas senator appealed for each supporter to get nine others to vote for him Tuesday.

In Tennessee, Ohio Gov. John Kasich won the endorsement of former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, now dean of Belmont University’s law school.

Gonzales was White House counsel under President George W. Bush before becoming the nation’s first Hispanic attorney general in 2005. He resigned in an uproar over allegations of torture of terrorism suspects and controversy over politically motivated firings of U.S. attorneys.

Kasich praised Gonzales for his work “in a very difficult time in our nation’s history.”

“Sometimes you have to take a stand, and that’s what Judge Gonzales did when he was attorney general of the United States,” he said.

Trump, the GOP front-runner who has won three states in a row after losing in Iowa’s caucuses to Cruz, held a campaign rally in Arkansas with Chris Christie, the New Jersey governor and former presidential candidate who dropped out of the race after a sixth place finish in New Hampshire.

“This guy has a fresh mouth,” Trump said of Rubio. He called him a “light little nothing.” Their raw feud flared in the last debate, when a newly aggressive Rubio went relentlessly after the billionaire, and it hasn’t subsided since.

Piling on, Cruz said if Republicans nominate Trump, Americans will make Hillary Clinton the next president, a prediction that assumes she wins the Democratic nomination over Bernie Sanders. Cruz slammed Trump’s past support for the Brady Bill, gun control legislation that President Bill Clinton signed into law in 1993.

“Anybody who would support Bill Clinton’s ban on some of the most popular weapons in the America is not a committed conservative,” Cruz said.

Cruz supporter John Wical, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, a retired law enforcement officer, said the GOP race underscores the frustrations of many Americans but Trump’s backers have settled on the wrong answer.

“He’s a Trojan horse,” said Wical, 54. “He’s just this cult of personality.” He said Trump supporters are “operating on emotion.”

Yet if Trump goes on to win the nomination, Wical said, he would support him in November “to keep Hillary-the-liar or Bernie-the-socialist out of the White House.”

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  • The true Donald Trump has been exposed following the GOP debate on Thursday. Can GOP’s voters trust Donald Trump? Maybe the GOP may end up with an Obatruma and America is lost. Donald Trump was with the Liberals only two years ago when he decided he could take advantage of the GOP. Next week Tuesday’s primary results will be exciting.

    • Donald Trump and Hillary have both been exposed. Trump was a businessman two years ago. I believe he was successful because he was conservative. Next week Tuesday’s primary results should be no different than previous results. We shall see.

    • Don’t you love it? Your party has been “Trumped”, he’s on a roll and will beat Rubio and Cruz in their own states. After that, it’s game over for the republican establishment. Could be just what Washington needs, a president that isn’t beholden to any special interest group or lobbyists. One that acts in the best interests all the people, not just Wall Street or the 1%.

  • There must be something going on between Trump and Christie. When Christie was still running he and Trump went after each other and the day Christie endorsed Trump he claims they were good family friends and Trump would be a president to get things done.Whats in it for Christie? Don’t trust either one of them now.

  • Still waiting for Cruz and Rubio to release their full tax returns, not the fake transparency of releasing just the first 2 pages. Every candidate since 1976 other than the current Republicans have released full returns.

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