Just when we thought the 2016 presidential campaign couldn’t get any more crazy, newly discovered audio confirms the Ted Cruz campaign falsely spread a rumor that Ben Carson was dropping out of the race just as the Iowa Caucuses were taking place.
The calls were placed after the Carson campaign had already clarified that Carson was not suspending his campaign.
Nancy Bliesman, a precinct captain for Cruz in Crawford County, Iowa, told Breitbart News that she received two voice mails–one at 7:07 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST), and one at 7:29 p.m.–on the night of the Iowa caucuses, which began at 7:00 p.m.
The revelation about Cruz’s campaign calls and voicemails comes after an email surfaced from Cruz’s deputy Iowa campaign director Spence Rogers, sent at 6:56 p.m.–four minutes before caucuses began–suggesting that Carson would be “taking time off from the campaign trail after Iowa and making a big announcement next week.” The email told supporters: “Please inform any caucus goers of this news and urge them to caucus for Ted Cruz.”
Here are the two audio clips:
Given this audio, it is very possible that voters across Iowa who were planning on voting for Carson ended up voting for another candidate, specifically Senator Cruz, thus giving him a victory.
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