MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) – Donald Trump is slamming Republican presidential rival Ted Cruz as a "great hypocrite" for tapping big financial institutions for loans while portraying himself as an anti-establishment outsider.
Trump kept the new feud between the two front-runners alive in New Hampshire and on Twitter before a tea party convention in South Carolina at which both are appearing.
In the last Republican debate, Trump offered a passionate defense of New York City in response to Cruz's claim that he represents "New York values" out of step with conservatives.
At the tea party meeting, Cruz didn't mention Trump by name. But he urged activists to back a consistent conservative — meaning, not Trump.
Ted is the ultimate hypocrite. Says one thing for money, does another for votes. https://t.co/hxdfy0mjVw— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 16, 2016
Trump challenges Cruz for taking loans from Goldman Sachs and Citibank when he was running for his Texas Senate seat.
In Iowa, where polls indicate a narrowing race between Trump and Cruz, Trump released his second television ad on Friday, which marks a significant departure from the first one he released earlier this year. While that ad painted an alarming picture of a country under attack by jihadists and immigrants entering the country illegally, the new ad is much more traditional, featuring footage of Trump speaking at a recent rally in Lowell, Massachusetts.
In the new ad, Trump runs through his central campaign platforms, including his vows to strengthen the country's borders, "fix" it's health care system and the military, and take better care of veterans.
The ad will be airing in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire, according to the campaign.
The Trump campaign is also giving out free tickets to the new movie, "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi." The campaign has rented a theater in Iowa, for the free screening on Friday. The film depicts the events of the September 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya that killed four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.
Several GOP presidential candidates have slammed Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton for her role before and after the attack in Benghazi, saying she knew from the start it was an act of terrorism.