Ted Cruz Apologizes To Ben Carson

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Cruz campaign told Iowa voters Carson is quitting race.

By Betsy Klein, MJ Lee and Tom LoBianco| CNN:  Republican Ben Carson Tuesday called for the firing of a Ted Cruz campaign staffer who said the retired neurosurgeon was planning to drop out.

“I think whoever is responsible for blatant lying should be dismissed, absolutely. Unless that kind of behavior is acceptable in your campaign culture,” Carson told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “The Lead.”

One day after winning the Iowa caucuses, Cruz issued an apology to Carson after his staff falsely told Iowa caucus-goers that Carson planned to quit the race, calling it a “mistake.”

CNN reported that the retired neurosurgeon planned to go home to Florida after the Iowa caucuses, rather than flying straight to New Hampshire or South Carolina, where the next primary contests are held. His aides have emphasized that he is not suspending his campaign — rather, just briefly going home to “get a fresh set of clothes.”

But the Cruz campaign reacted to the news by incorrectly telling precinct captains — while the caucuses were still taking place — that the move signaled Carson would be dropping out of the race.

Twenty minutes after the caucuses began in Iowa, Rep. Steve King, the Cruz campaign’s national co-chair, retweeted CNN’s Chris Moody about Carson’s break from the campaign trail before New Hampshire’s primary.

“Carson looks like he is out. Iowans need to know before they vote. Most will go to Cruz, I hope,” King tweeted. In another tweet, the congressman said Carson’s next steps were “equivalent of suspending.”

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Read full story here:  http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/02/politics/ted-cruz-ben-carson-apology/index.html

Side Note:   Who else believes Steve King owes Ben Carson a public apology as well?

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