This week, Ted Cruz has been accused of spreading rumors before the Iowa caucus that Ben Carson had dropped out of the race. Though Cruz initially denied this, newly released audio footage has proven that he did indeed lie.
Nancy Bliesman, a precinct captain for Cruz in Crawford County, Iowa, told Breitbart that she received two voicemails just after the start of the caucus that clarified that Carson was not dropping out. The voicemails came in at 7:07 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST) and at 7:29 p.m, and they have just been released to the public today.
The first call came at 7:07 from a woman in Galveston, Texas:
[inaudible]…from the Ted Cruz campaign, calling to get to a precinct captain, and it has just been announced that Ben Carson is taking a leave of absence from the campaign trail, so it is very important that you tell any Ben Carson voters that for tonight, uh, that they not waste a vote on Ben Carson, and vote for Ted Cruz. He is taking a leave of absence from his campaign. All right? Thank you. Bye.
The second call came from an Iowa phone number that has since been traced back to a Cruz campaign volunteer hotline:
Hello, this is the Cruz campaign with breaking news: Dr. Ben Carson will be [garbled] suspending campaigning following tonight’s caucuses. Please inform any Carson caucus goers of this news and urge them to caucus for Ted instead. Thank you. Good night.
This has created a major mess for Carson, who has since apologized to Carson what happened. Whether or not this will call his entire victory in Iowa into question remains to be seen.
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