Iowa Governor Blasts Cruz for ‘Questionable’ Tactics in Iowa

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

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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)

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