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Carson accused Cruz of spreading lies about him at caucus sites. Carson’s team says that Cruz’s campaign sent emails, tweets and texts telling “precinct captains to announce that I [Carson] had suspended my campaign — in some cases asking caucus goers to change their votes.”
“This is horseshit,” Rob Taylor, Iowa state representative and Carson’s Iowa co-chair, said.
Carson’s Iowa state director, Ryan Rhodes, showed the media a text message on his phone from a Mike Huckabee supporter that said: “The Cruz speakers at our caucus announced Carson was suspending his campaign for a while after caucus. They did this before the vote. Same thing happened at another caucus. Sounds like slimy Cruzing to me,” the text read.
An email read: “The guy speaking for Ted Cruz right before the vote, he was supposed to be done, he announced that there was a story on CNN that Ben Carson was taking a break after Iowa, and then stated, ‘So you might want to rethink wasting your vote on him.’”
Cruz’s people, of course, deny the slimy tactics. I’m not sure that Carson can prove the allegations, but it seems like Cruz should have used his tricks against Marco Rubio (or even Donald Trump) rather than wasting them on Carson.