Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz won the Iowa caucus on Monday night with a decent 28 to 24 advantage over rival Donald Trump, giving him momentum as the February 9 primaries in New Hampshire approaches.
However, reports on Tuesday claimed that Cruz’s campaign told Iowa caucus-goers that retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, 64, has stepped out of the race, citing a CNN report.
CNN reported that Carson would be going back to his home state of Florida, and moving to Washington D.C. for prayer and breakfast. While nowhere in the report did it say that Carson was giving up, Cruz’s campaign went ahead and told some precinct captains about the rumor, just before the caucuses began.
Here’s the CNN report at 644pm local Iowa time Monday night from Jake Tapper and Dana Bash. https://t.co/29S322jHiB
— Unedited Politics (@UneditedPol) February 4, 2016
The retired medical professional indeed went back to Florida, but just to get some fresh new clothes for the upcoming days. He was actually going to move to New Hampshire no matter what the Iowa caucus results were.
Carson was clearly disappointed with what happened, which pushed him way below with only 9.3 percent of the votes, considering he was among the strongest candidates in Iowa. After Trump, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio came in third with 23 percent of the votes.
Cruz, 45, has since apologized for the mistake his party had made, although the retired neurosurgeon told him that he should fire whoever was responsible.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) February 2, 2016
Such an issue would not go unnoticed to billionaire Donald Trump, who was favored to win the Iowa caucuses in recent polls.
On Wednesday morning, Trump took to Twitter to say that that Texas senator “stole” the Iowa caucus, and accused him of fraud. In addition, he called for a new election in Iowa.
“That is why all of the polls were so wrong and why he got far more votes than anticipated,” Trump posted on social media.
Ted Cruz didn’t win Iowa, he stole it. That is why all of the polls were so wrong and why he got far more votes than anticipated. Bad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2016
Responding to Trump’s accusations, Ted Cruz made fun of Trump for being too quick in posting on social media. He then questioned the TV personality’s fitness in running for the highest office in the land.
“I wake up every day and laugh at the latest thing Donald has tweeted, because he’s losing it,” Cruz told a reporter in an interview. “But we need a commander-in-chief, not a Twitterer-in-chief.”
He said that if Trump would be the president, a person who loves to hit buttons quickly, Americans might wake up one day and find out that he has already nuked Denmark.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 3, 2016
In addition, he also said that Trump keeps on raising issues that have nothing to do with the citizens of New Hampshire and South Carolina, the next states to vote for their GOP presidential candidate.
Rick Tyler, who is a spokesman for Cruz’s campaign, said that after the Iowa caucuses no one is talking about Donald Trump, which is probably the reason why he gets on Twitter to vent out his frustration.
Tyler added that the TV reality star should just check in a “Twitter addiction therapy group,” to cure his issues.
However, the controversy involving Cruz’s campaign has tarnished his win in Iowa.
Even when everyone was saying that CNN reported the news accurately and correctly, Ted Cruz continued to say that all his campaign team did was use the report to update the voters.
Cruz even went as far as claiming that the media “wants to stir up a fight between Ben Carson and me.”
CNN’s Brooke Baldwin Slams Ted Cruz for Implying False Journalism
On the other hand, CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin responded to Cruz’s statements.
“When Senator Cruz, with all due respect, tries to throw my network and CNN under the bus, let me stand up for my colleagues and journalists here… We reported it accurately,” she said.
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