Ted Cruz ADMITS his staff spread ‘shameless’ whisper campaign that Dr. Ben Carson was quitting presidential contest just before Iowa caucus voting began –
“Ted Cruz admitted on Tuesday that his presidential campaign spread a false rumor, just hours before Monday’s Iowa caucuses began, that conservative rival Ben Carson was dropping pout of the presidential race.
Carson finished a distant fourth in the nation’s first nominating contest, and observers at two caucus precincts told DailyMail.com that he lost supporters to the Cruz camp when Republicans speaking on behalf of Cruz said Carson was suspending his campaign.
It turned out not to be true, however, and Carson himself complained Tuesday about ‘shameless tactics and dirty political plays’ that pushed Cruz to victory on the strength of political sabotage.
Cruz won the caucuses by a total of 6,239 votes over Donald Trump, less than four Republicans in each of the state’s 1,681 precincts – representing the number Cruz’s forces would have had to ‘flip’ at each caucus location in order to overcome what had been a strong Trump polling lead going into Monday night.
‘Isn’t this the same thing we see with the Obama administration, the IRS scandal – no responsibility. Let’s see what in fact the Cruz campaign will do about those individuals who inappropriately disseminated this information knowing that the caucuses were not over – they were awfully anxious to get it out there weren’t they?’
Read more @ DailyMail.co.uk
Burnett: Does Cruz Blaming CNN for Carson Email Raise Questions About His Integrity?
“It’s clear CNN really isn’t happy with Ted Cruz for blaming his campaign’s emails about Ben Carsonpotentially dropping out on them, and Erin Burnett tonight asked if that raises questions about Cruz’s integrity.
Burnett got visibly frustrated as she repeatedly asked major Cruz surrogate Bob Vander Plaatswhy Cruz can’t just apologize without blaming CNN, given the fact that CNN’s reporting was accurate and whoever on the campaign emailed the Carson alert to supporters extrapolated something false from it.”
Read more here @ Mediaite
Carson: Cruz campaign just like Obama
“Dr. Ben Carson said on Fox News Tuesday night he believes fellow GOP candidate Ted Cruz did not know about his team’s attempt to sway votes at the Iowa Caucuses Monday night. Yet he condemned the senator’s “dishonest” campaign, comparing it to the Obama administration….
Here’s the issue, a culture exists within the Cruz camp that would allow people to take advantage of a situation like this in a very dishonest way. Isn’t this the same thing that we see in the Obama administration, the IRS scandal, no responsibility.”
Instead, Carson has charged Cruz with taking action to ensure the individuals on his team who shared that information are held responsible. He also said it is up to voters in New Hampshire and South Carolina not to allow Cruz or his staffers to get away with similar shenanigans.”
Read more @ WashintonExaminer
– Dr. Carson went on to say that he believed Ted Cruz. That’s what you have to do in politics up to now. I for one don’t believe that Ted Cruz would not have known about this tactical manuever in the absolute pivotal point in the caucus process. It was coordinated and well-timed.
Unless, Cruz has his own Col. North or G. Gordon Liddy, Cruz had to have known. There was too much at stake, and the Cruz campaign boasts that it has voter data down to the individual record.
This is wrong on so many levels, but let me start with this:
Here in California as in other states, the state collects certain voting data and activity as a result of the public’s private process of voting.
These same agencies are also in the business of selling that private voting data. This should not be allowed to occur. Voting is a right as well as a duty. As such, and being that you are compelled by the state give this data freely, the state has no right to collect fees or ‘profits’ on the sale or use of this data to politicial entities.
The Cruz Carson Lying debacle would not have occurred if they did not have their hands on this type of detailed voter data in the first place.
There should be a check mark for all publicly given data to state agencies, wherein, you must elect or specify by checking a box, giving assent to private exploitation of your data. That isn’t too much to ask.
Moreover, I think this is a game changer and something every campaign must have a contingency for, in the event of ‘event x’ occurring, what happens next. For instance, if there is a rumor or unauthorized announcement, we should look for an official twitter confirmation, in its absence, carry on.
One bad rumour can kill a campaign now. In the past this was all done behind closed doors. Cruz’ mistake is has let the proverbial ‘cat’ out of the bag with this. And it doesn’t look good.