It’s pretty well established by now that Ted Cruz, a man whose tendency to fudge the truth is not really a secret, made a big ol’ goof right before the Iowa caucuses.
Earlier this week, Sen. Ted Cruz and his campaign staff apologized to presidential candidate for Ben Carson for emailing voters to falsely claim that Carson was dropping out of the presidential race.
Now, a series of voicemails show that the Cruz campaign stopped at nothing to get the word of Carson’s rumored dropout out in time before the caucuses. The voicemails say that the campaign has “breaking news” about Carson’s dropping out of the race, asking voters to “inform any Carson caucus-goers of this news and urge them to caucus for Ted instead.” The caller clearly claimed that Carson was dropping out:
“Hello, this is the Cruz campaign with breaking news: Dr. Ben Carson will be suspending campaigning following tonight’s caucuses.”
Carson’s campaign released the recording on YouTube Friday:
The Carson campaign released not one, but two of these voicemails on Friday. In fact, at the time, Ben Carson was not dropping out of the race at all. In fact, he made the 1,400-mile trip from Iowa to his home in Florida, a trip solely devoted to getting a new change of clothes—a totally normal and rational thing for a candidate to do in the middle of a presidential campaign.
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