Iowa Governor Blasts Cruz for ‘Questionable’ Tactics in Iowa

Iowa precinct staffer released Cruz campaign voicemails saying Carson had dropped out.

Add to Briefcase
Ally Mutnick
Feb. 5, 2016, 9:22 a.m.

Iowa Gov. Terry Bran­stad (R) is join­ing re­tired neurosur­geon Ben Car­son (R) in slam­ming Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for his “ques­tion­able” tac­tics in Iowa. Bran­stad: “This thing that they dis­trib­uted on Caucus night say­ing that Dr. Car­son was likely to drop out and his sup­port­ers should sup­port Cruz, that is, I think, un­eth­ic­al and un­fair … we have a strong sense of fair­ness in Iowa.” (Ra­dio Iowa)

Mean­while, Breit­bart News re­leased au­dio of voice­mails from the Cruz cam­paign ur­ging an Iowa pre­cinct cap­tain to tell voters to choose Cruz be­cause Car­son was drop­ping out. “The calls were placed after the Car­son cam­paign had already cla­ri­fied that Car­son was not sus­pend­ing his cam­paign.”

The Cruz cam­paign re­spon­ded that “these voice­mails do not sug­gest that he would com­pletely drop out of the race.” (Breit­bart News)

 SHOW ME THE MONEY. On sens­it­ive is­sues, like same-sex mar­riage and im­mig­ra­tion, Cruz’s “donors and act­iv­ists say that, in con­trast to his ag­gress­ive pub­lic per­sona, he places a dis­tinctly softer em­phas­is on some of his most stridently con­ser­vat­ive views when privately ad­dress­ing people who might find them of­fens­ive.”

For ex­ample, told a Paul Sing­er, “the bil­lion­aire in­vestor who had bank­rolled ef­forts to strike down laws for­bid­ding same-sex mar­riage across the coun­try” that if “New York politi­cians wanted to leg­al­ize it, that was their busi­ness … There was no reas­on the is­sue had to drive a wedge between the two men.” (New York Times)


Welcome to National Journal!

You are currently accessing National Journal from IP access. Please login to access this feature. If you have any questions, please contact your Dedicated Advisor.