A new ad questioning Ted Cruz's commitment to his religious faith will hit Iowa airwaves Wednesday, just days before the high-stakes Iowa caucus.
In the ad, which was created by a superPAC backing former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, two women discuss Cruz's reported comments on gay marriage and what they call his paltry donations to churches and charities.
"I heard something about Ted Cruz — that gay marriage wouldn’t be a top priority for him?" says one woman. The other replies "He said it at a fundraiser in New York City. He tells them one thing — tells Iowans another."
Cruz said at a December fundraiser that overturning same-sex marriage would not be a "top three" priority for him, although he emphasized that the defense of constitutional rights and religious liberties is his guiding principle.
The ad also questions whether Cruz "tithes" appropriately by giving sufficient funds to charity and the church.
"He doesn’t tithe? A millionaire that brags about his faith all the time?" one of the characters in the ads says.
Huckabee, who won the Iowa caucus in 2008, is faltering in the polls there this cycle. Cruz is locked in a tight race for first place in the state with Donald Trump, with the two candidates warring over the support of evangelicals.