Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Sen. Cruz won in Iowa. But what his campaign did to Dr. Carson?

I've admitted I'd be happy to have either of the three anti-establishment candidates at the top of the ticket.

Trump, Cruz or Carson.

Which is why what Cruz's campaign did to Carson during the Iowa caucuses yesterday is so troubling.

Cruz apologizes for spreading rumor about Carson dropping out

Iowa Republican caucus winner Ted Cruz on Tuesday apologized to fellow candidate GOP presidential Ben Carson for spreading a rumor that the former neurosurgeon had dropped out of the race.
"Last night when our political team saw the CNN post saying that Dr. Carson was not carrying on to New Hampshire and South Carolina, our campaign updated grassroots leaders just as we would with any breaking news story," Cruz said in a statement. 
That's fair game. What the team then should have done was send around the follow-up statement from the Carson campaign clarifying that he was indeed staying in the race when that came out.
This was a mistake from our end, and for that I apologize to Dr. Carson."
CNN had reported that Carson was planning on going home to Florida after Monday night's caucuses, which the Cruz campaign misinterpreted as a report that he was dropping out of the race.
Carson said in a statement that he was going home to "get a fresh set of clothes."
The retired neurosurgeon slammed the Cruz camp for "deceptive and destructive practices."
“For months, my campaign has survived the lies and dirty tricks from my opponents who profess to detest the games of the political class, but in reality are masters of it,” he said in a statement.
Earlier Tuesday, a Cruz campaign spokesman denied any wrongdoing.
“On the Ben Carson allegation, it’s just false,” Rick Tyler, the Cruz campaign’s communications director, said on MSNBC’s "Morning Joe." 
"We simply as a campaign repeated what Ben Carson had said in his own words,” he continued. "That’s not a dirty trick."
So, Senator... what would you be saying if the shoe were on the OTHER foot?  If Carson had put  out a false rumor about you?

How do you fix this?  How much of a difference did it make?  How will we ever know?

Kudos for making the call that you own it.

Sadly, I believe it to be too little... too late.

And this kind of thing is disheartening, to say the least.

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