Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is up to his low down dirty tricks again. This time his campaign is accused of sending emails to potential voters in Hawaii, telling them that Marco Rubio is going to drop out of the race and urging them to cast their ballot for Cruz so their vote isn’t “wasted.”
The emails went out this morning with the subject line reading:
WASTED VOTE?: Big Trouble for Marco Rubio – Advisors Tell Him to Drop Out.
The email continues, saying: “According to multiple news sources, Marco Rubio’s advisers are telling him to drop out of the presidential race before losing his home state of Florida in a few days’ time.” (Emphasis in the original.)
The email states that they have “multiple news sources” for this information, but a report by CNN is the only one they referenced specifically. The CNN report cited “some advisers” that were allegedly telling Rubio to drop out of the race before the Florida primary on March 15.
Rubio’s campaign is pissed, and rightfully so. On Tuesday, Rubio spoke with Fox News Radio’s Kilmeade and Friends.”
It ain’t true, it is a lie, and unfortunately looks like Ted Cruz’s campaign is putting out emails in places like Hawaii, telling people about it, and you saw that with Ben Carson earlier. It’s just not true. You know, we have a 151 delegates, my path at end of the day is not essentially any different from his or anybody else’s. Right now no one has has a clear path to the 1,237 delegates. It’s very unique campaign, we’re not gonna run out of money and we’re not gonna run out of supporters.
Earlier in the morning, Rubio spokesman Joe Pounder issued a statement about the tactics:
Senator Cruz is up to his dirty tricks again spreading false rumors and lies. We won’t allow him to do to Marco Rubio in Florida what he did to Ben Carson in Iowa. Floridians and voters across the country will reject Senator Cruz’s campaign of disgusting tactics because they know a vote for Cruz is a vote for Donald Trump.
Alex Conant, also a Cruz spokesman, appeared on CNN and asked Wolf Blitzer to “to stop reading that sort of fiction on air.”
“That is fiction and CNN should stop reporting it,” Conant said to Blitzer.
Despite the campaign’s insistent that this is fiction, Cruz has pulled one underhanded move after another, and this seems to be a repeat of the falsehoods his campaign perpetuated the night of the Iowa caucuses. Poll workers were instructed to tell voters that Carson was dropping out of the race and to urge them to vote for Cruz instead.
The campaign insisted that they misunderstood a tweet sent out by a CNN reporter, and Cruz later apologized to Carson about the incident. The Texas senator did manage to win Iowa. This incident has haunted him ever since, and GOP frontrunner Donald Trump nicknamed him “lyin Ted.”
According to Cruz spokeswoman Alice Stewart, none of this is the campaign’s fault and blamed “volunteers.”
The at-issue email and social media posting was not sanctioned by the Cruz for President campaign. The campaign became aware of the email this morning by press accounts and upon investigation learned that some volunteers in Hawaii were involved in the posting. The individual(s) who sent this had no authority from the campaign to do so.
The campaign’s counsel has contacted those responsible, who were in no way authorized by the campaign, and demanded that the material be removed and further use of official campaign logos for any purpose be terminated.
Tedcruzhawaii.org, that website that was responsible for sending the email, is now redirecting to Google.
You can hear Rubio’s response on Fox News Radio’s “Kilmeade and Friends,” here:
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