Ted Cruz is lying again.
After last week’s Voter Violation mailer — see post HERE — where he seemed to be shaming Iowans to vote by alleging that their voting records will be shown to their neighbors, this week, right before the caucus, his campaign announced that rival Ben Carson was quitting the race.
But that was a lie; Carson wasn’t quitting; Carson never said he was quitting:
"I think whoever is responsible for blatant lying should be dismissed, absolutely. Unless that kind of behavior is acceptable in your campaign culture."
Well, it’s acceptable in a Ted Cruz Campaign. And before anyone thinks this might be Carson just crying foul because he doesn’t have a shot at ever being president, ask yourself why Ted Cruz is now, after the caucus, apologizing for the, er, mistake? And why is Ted Cruz blaming CNN for the error, saying his campaign staff saw a CNN report that Carson was dropping out:
"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."
See what he does? Cruz says his “people” saw it on CNN — though CNN never used the words “dropping out,” but simply reported that Carson planned to go home to Florida after Iowa, rather than heading to New Hampshire or South Carolina — and then he blames Carson and his campaign for not clarifying the CNN story.
Seriously, Ted, er, DetesTed? The CNN story was clear until you grabbed hold of it and mangled it into a lie.
Carson said he accepts Cruz’ apology, but wonders, as do I — and look at me, agreeing with Ben Carson — if there is a deeper issue within Cruz’ campaign:
"As a Christian I will accept the apology but it doesn't correct the problem. 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."
And even Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee Chairman, seems to find it acceptable behavior and has refused to get involved. A GOP candidate for the highest office in the land is a proven liar and the boss sits on his hands.
Yup, that’s the GOP.