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Iowa Newspaper: Ted Cruz Won Caucuses With 'Campaign Of Deceit'

  • by: Alan Duke
  • (Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:37:02 Z)

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Ted Cruz's big win over Donald Trump in Iowa is tainted by dirty tricks played on voters in the days before and during the Republican caucuses, according to an editorial published Friday in the Des Moines Register.

The editorial details several strategies to help Cruz, who was trailing Trump in most pre-caucus polls, including a mailing that was "a complete lie" and designed to "shame" some voters by giving them "grades" that "that had absolutely no legitimacy."

"I will apologize to no one for using every tool we can to encourage Iowa voters to come out and vote," Cruz later said.

Read also: Donald Trump: Ted Cruz Is 'A Total Fraud' For Dirty Tricks In Iowa

The newspaper also criticized Cruz's campaign for telling voters as at caucus sites and in emails that his chief rival for the religious right support, Ben Carson, was dropping out of the race.

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

While Cruz apologized the next day to Carson, he stopped short of accepting any blame.

"It seems his biggest weakness may be an inability to recognize -- or at least admit to -- his own failings. That may be the mark of a successful politician, but it's a dangerous character trait for someone who aspires to be president of the United States," the Register's editorial said.

Read the full editorial: Cruz's campaign of deceit should worry voters

About the author:

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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