Ted Cruz Apologizes to Ben Carson For Spreading Rumor He Was Dropping Out

Carson CruzRepublican presidential candidate Ted Cruz apologized for his campaign’s statements made on the day of the Iowa caucus strongly implying that Ben Carson was dropping out of the race.

Carson strongly condemned the tactic Tuesday morning, calling it a “dirty trick,” and Cruz spokesman Rick Taylor got an earful from MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski for it. In response, the Cruz campaign issued a public apology to CNN.

Last night when our political team saw the CNN post saying Dr. Carson was not carrying on to New Hampshire and South Carolina, our campaign updated the grassroots leaders just as we would with any breaking news story. That’s fair game.

What the team should have done is send around the follow-up statement from the Carson campaign clarifying that he was indeed staying in the race when that came out.

That was a mistake from our end, and for that I apologize to Dr. Carson.

Watch above, via CNN.

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