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Dirty Tricks: Voicemails Show Ted Cruz Campaign Spread False News Ben Carson Was Dropping Out

  • by: Alan Duke
  • (Thu, 04 Feb 2016 22:10:38 Z)

Two voicemail recordings support Ben Carson's claim that Ted Cruz staffers spread the false rumor at Iowa caucus sites as a way of convincing his supporters to abandon his campaign. The recordings were posted on YouTube Thursday by Breitbart.com.

Cruz won Iowa, while Carson finished a distant 4th. Both candidates were vying for the same religious right supporters.

Cruz has defended his staff's actions, saying they heard a CNN report that Carson was heading home to Florida after the Iowa caucuses ended and not straight to New Hampshire to campaign in that primary. CNN disputed that it ever reported that Carson was suspending his campaign.

Breitbart reports that Cruz volunteers were ordered to spread the word that Carson was "taking a leave" from the race even though the campaign had confirmed that it was not true.

Here are the voicemails, which Breitbart said it has traced to Cruz telephone numbers.

Donald Trump calls Cruz, his closest rival for the GOP nomination, a "total fraud" for the strategy.

Karl Rove, who heled engineer George W. Bush's election, discusses the controvery on FOX News:

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Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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