Carson, Cruz trade shots over possible campaign sabotage; Cruz camp accused of ‘dirty tricks’

The Ted Cruz campaign retorted the charges of chicanery from the Ben Carson campaign.

On Monday night, presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson‘s camp accused the Texas senator’s supporters of subterfuge, claiming they deliberately misled Carson supporters to believe the world renowned neurosurgeon had dropped out of the race in order to move their votes to Cruz.

“I was reasonably happy today, until I, you know, discovered the dirty tricks going on — spreading rumors I had dropped out,” the normally reserved Carson told reporters on Monday.

“That is really quite a dirty trick,” he said. ”I want [my supporters] to recognize this makes me more determined than ever to keep going.”

Carson’s Iowa co-chair Rob Taylor was even more direct.

“This is horses—t, bottom line,” he said.

Barb Heki, a Mike Huckabee supporter who caucused in Hyperion Point Country Club in Johnston, Iowa, told MSNBC she witnessed the Cruz camp tell caucus goers that Carson had suspended his campaign.

“They gave their speech for Ted Cruz and said we also need to announce, and let you know, that Dr. Ben Carson has announced that he’s suspending his race for awhile after the caucuses are over,” she said.

Rumors were flying all over social media during Monday night’s frantic coverage:

The accusations came one day after an Iowa woman accused the Cruz campaign of shaming her dead mother with his “Voting Violation” mailer.

On Tuesday morning, MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski confronted Cruz’s communications director Rick Taylor about the allegations.

“I have to ask, what with the allegations of, I guess I’ll have to say that in quotes, of ‘dirty tricks.’ The mailers that really seem totally off color in terms of how to win,” she said. “And also the, the sort of putting it out there that Ben Carson had dropped out, with your top surrogate even tweeting it. Why do that?”

Taylor replied that the “mailer was modeled after the Iowa Republican Party mailer that got so many Republicans elected in the last cycle.”

“I could show you lots of mailers that I would consider deceptive,” he added. “This was reminding people it was their obligation and duty to vote.”

He said the Ben Carson allegations were also much ado about nothing.

“We simply as a campaign repeated what Ben Carson had said in his own words. He said after Iowa he was going to go back to Florida for a couple of days and then he was going to go to D.C. to the prayer breakfast,” Taylor said. “That told us he was not going to New Hampshire. That was not a dirty trick. That was really surprising by a campaign who was once leading in Iowa saying he’s not going to come to New Hampshire. That’s a news item.”

Social media was split on the controversy.

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Carmine Sabia Jr started his own professional wrestling business at age 18 and went on to become a real estate investor. Currently he is a pundit who covers political news and current events.
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4 thoughts on “Carson, Cruz trade shots over possible campaign sabotage; Cruz camp accused of ‘dirty tricks’

  1. tsigili says:

    Cruz is absolutely a dirty tricks kind of guy.

    1. Friend Of St. Frank says:

      Seriously. His parents owned their own business in Canada 5 years before the man was born, and worked in Canada before that. Rafael Cruz lived in Canada for 6 years before coming to the U.S. and altho his mother (who he refuses to have anything to do with) was a dual Canadian American Citizen, his father (who was in Fidel Castro’s inner circle) did not get U.S. citizenship until 2005. And, yet, Rafael Cruz refuses to be vetted in advance to assure he is qualified to run-flat out refuses! And then the Canadian Citizenship he announced he was giving up never happened. He never filed the paperwork with Canada to give up his citizenship even tho he has had 18 months.

      I find this all rather disturbing. And I do not trust this man-I think he has serious mental health issues. His behavior and past are not congruent with what he says. Not a good person.

    2. emiliani says:

      Uh, name another instance? Carson is the one who announced his intention of “going home to Florida” after his poor showing.

      Cruz just wanted to try to capitalize on what he thought was his quitting. After all, 2 others quit before the votes were counted.

      You know this is an unfair hit job on Cruz because NOT ONE voter said he or she was conned out of voting for Carson. Notice that Carson matched his pre-caucus polling … so it appears Cruz was unsuccessful in this contrived “dirty” trick.

  2. emiliani says:

    Why is Carson talking about “going home” to Florida while he’s getting waxed … and then the Prayer Breakfast if he meant to say that he was going to compete in New Hampshire? Two dudes dropped out before the votes were counted … Cruz could have thought Carson was doing the same after his poor showing.

    Blame Cruz for jumping to the conclusion and then correcting thi

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