Ben Carson is raising a crucial question about Ted Cruz that Marco Rubio and many followers of the presidential campaign are sharing. Can Ted Cruz really be trusted? The little incident that began when Cruz’s campaign staff told Iowa caucusgoers that Carson planned to quit the race has resulted in an apology by Ted Cruz, but is there more to the story?
Tuesday’s apology by Ted Cruz was accepted by Ben Carson, but according to a February 2 CNN report, the retired neurosurgeon is questioning whether the Republican candidate running for President of the United States in the 2016 presidential election can be trusted.
“As a Christian I will accept the apology but it doesn’t correct the problem,” Carson told CNN. “This is a cultural issue when people in your campaign feel that it’s ok to distort the issues to their political advantage and to tell absolute lies. And the question really is will there be any consequences for that.”
CNN is somewhat in the middle of the Ted Cruz versus Ben Carson conflict since a member of Cruz’s campaign staff used a CNN article to spread the word that Carson was dropping out of the race. What CNN did report was that Carson was going home to Florida after the Iowa caucuses to “get a fresh set of clothes” before flying to New Hampshire or South Carolina, where the next primary contests are held.
In response to his staffer’s misunderstanding about what Carson was doing, Ted Cruz issued the following explanation:
“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. 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.”
According to Ben Carson, there should be consequences for Rep. Steve King, the Cruz campaign’s national co-chair, who falsely retweeted the CNN report that Carson was taking a break from the campaign trail in order to get some fresh clothes.
“CNN is reporting that Ben Carson will stop campaigning after Iowa. Make sure to tell all of your peers at the caucus supporting Carson that they should coalesce around the true conservative who will be in the race for the long haul: Ted Cruz!”
This is not the first time that Ted Cruz has played a dirty trick on Ben Carson. During Tuesday’s interview on “Fox and Friends,” Carson said that his supporters have been told more than once by Cruz’s campaign that “voting for me was wasting their vote, and that they should reconsider.”
“For months,” Carson said in a statement reported by The Hill, “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.”
Marco Rubio would certainly agree with Carson that Ted Cruz is into misleading the American public. As stated in the above video, Rubio commented that while his record on immigration has always been clear, “Ted Cruz has misled the American public.”
Quite obviously, Ted Cruz is making the right move by apologizing to Ben Carson for Monday’s false publication that his opponent had dropped out of the race. However, it is Cruz’s apology that raises some major concerns for Marco Rubio and American voters. If providing false information to American citizens is “fair game” now, what would Ted Cruz do once he becomes President of the United States?