GOP Candidate Making MAJOR Accusations of ‘Dirty Tricks’ Against Ted Cruz Campaign


by Brian Hayes

A major accusation of foul play is roiling the Republican presidential race Tuesday morning, as Dr. Ben Carson accused the Cruz camp of “dirty tricks” in the Iowa Caucuses on Monday. 

The Carson camp claimed Cruz’s team spread false rumors at caucus sites that Carson had dropped out.

Carson said the Cruz camp told voters Carson was dropping out, and not to “waste your vote” and support Ted Cruz instead.

The Cruz camp denied the claim, but then various campaign volunteers started posting tweets and emails to the internet.

The Cruz camp sent this out at 7:01 PM.




Fortune reported:

The Carson camp claimed Cruz’s team spread false rumors at caucus sites that Carson had dropped out.

Ben Carson was incensed as the results of Monday night’s Iowa caucuses rolled in, accusing the winner of spreading falsehoods about him at caucus sites.

Carson’s team claimed that Cruz’s campaign deliberately sent emails to supporters to spread false rumors at caucus sites that Carson had dropped out, so his supporters would caucus for other candidates.

“That is really quite a dirty trick,” Carson said speaking to reporters at the end of the evening. “That’s the very kind of thing that irritated me enough to get into this quagmire.”

“To have campaigns come out and send emails to their caucus speakers suggesting that Dr. Carson was doing anything but moving forward after tonight is the lowest of low in American politics,” said Carson campaign manager Ed Brookover.

UPDATE: Pro-Cruz blog said the Cruz Campaign denied the charge, but then emails began to be posted as well:

This was a rumor reported early in the day, well before noon, which CNN said “came from another campaign,”

Carson’s camp immediately denied it. However, there is evidence the Cruz people took the false story to the caucus sites and presented it to participants as if it was factual.

UPDATE: Rep. Steve King (R-IA), Cruz’ chief surrogate in Iowa, who appeared with Cruz onstage for his victory speech, tweeted this out during the caucuses last night:

Carson placed a distant 4th tonight in Iowa with 8.9% of the votes, about 4% lower than his position in the last Des Moines Register poll.

Dr. Carson appeared on Fox and Friends this morning to discuss the accusations:

UPDATE: Gateway Pundit is reporting another possible “dirty trick” alleged about the Cruz campaign, this time regarding Trump:

The Cruz camp also openly smeared Donald Trump at the caucuses tonight.

Six months ago, Trump was already in the race, and had positions against gay marriage and in favor of pro-life, as well as what is considered the toughest anti-amnesty plank among all candidates.

Developing story…we will update as the Cruz and Trump camps comment…

  • Harriet

    Should Cruz be the nominee would never vote for him. Dishonesty in politics not unknown but when it is made public makes decisions easy. Shameful.

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    • empty pockets

      This manufactured mess has been thoroughly disproven. There is no “there” anywhere near there. No “dirty tricks” excpet by Trump who knowingly lied and continues to lie and CNN who is doing a fast steppin’ CYA since they created the circumstances with heir reporting of what a Carson guy TOLD CNN.

      “at a press conference, Carson–who wants “accountability” for Ted Cruz’s staffer–admitted that his own staff may have misinformed the press about his travel plans:”

      What is “shameful” is CNN, Trump, Carson (especially his whiny, victimhood response) and all those like you who are smearing a good man over lies without bothering to look for any facts now that we have them.

  • Brandon Lemmon

    Cruz has a track history of being very honest and having integrity. Looking at the recent allegations being made against him, I’ve seen one thing constantly – it’s his campaign that is doing these frankly treacherous things, but what is not clear is if Cruz authorized them. He does not strike me as the kind of man who would stoop to these levels, and I would not be surprised if a lot of these stem from overly zealous campaign administrators. I will likely still vote for Cruz, but I will be keeping a closer eye on things as they develop.

    • Unjust System

      “Cruz has a track history of being very honest and having integrity.” Mind citing you source? Stating that ANY career politician is honest and has integrity is a BLATANT lie! If he was honest he would withdraw from AMERICAN politics and go BACK to Canada!

      • Brandon Lemmon

        Cruz has always voted in favor of the Constitution, even when it goes against his personal opinions. Is that not integrity? And remember that Ronald Reagan had integrity and was (arguably, but in my view) the best President that the U.S. has ever seen, yet he was a politician. We need someone in the White House who knows the system and yet doesn’t cave in to economic/peer pressures. And as far as his Canadian blood goes, remember that people born on military bases, even those outside the U.S., so long as one of the parents is an American citizen, is a natural-born citizen. Or would you rather say that military children should not be able to be President? Having a few friends who were in that situation, I can tell you that they are some of the most resilient and trustworthy people in the world. Yes, Cruz was born in Canada, but in no way does that in and of itself disqualify him from holding the office of the President of the United States.

        • Brandon Lemmon

          However, regardless of who I believe to be most suited for the Presidency, I will vote for the Republican nominee because the only thing that will stop another Democrat from taking the White House is a unified vote. “A house divided against itself shall not stand.” So, rather than getting all emotional and calling me a liar, please allow people to have their own opinions and if you decide to argue them, do so in a calm manner and without namecalling.

          • Unjust System

            I didn’t CALL you anything I stated a FACT! I did notice you couldn’t/wouldn’t/didn’t post ANY sources to support YOUR position!

          • Brandon Lemmon

            You want sources? Start here, with Cruz’s voting records:

          • Brandon Lemmon

            Looking at just S 815, the “Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013”, Cruz voted Nay, and while he doesn’t say explicitly why he voted nay, this bill had nothing in it that pertained to the federal government’s role as established by the Constitution, even though a lot of the content of this bill agrees with Cruz’s personal beliefs. It is my opinion, based on what he has said and what I have seen him do (I am from Texas), that he voted nay because the power to make discrimination in the workplace illegal is not given to the federal government in the Constitution nor in any of the Amendments thereto, and as such is a power reserved for the states.

        • Unjust System

          “remember that people born on military bases, even those outside the U.S., so long as one of the parents is an American citizen, is a natural-born citizen.” Alberta Canada is a LONG ways away from a US holding or military base! And Eleanor Cruz renounced her citizenship BEFORE this Canadian was BORN! – Dual citizenship with Canada didn’t start until AFTER 1974!!

          • Brandon Lemmon

            “This does not necessarily mean that Cruz’s mother had in fact become a naturalized Canadian citizen. There are a number of plausible alternative explanations—the most obvious of which is simple human error. It is possible that there was simply a misunderstanding between the enumerators and one of the Cruzes. There is no other evidence that Eleanor Cruz ever became a Canadian citizen, and she and her son have consistently denied that she was one.” Until more information is available that would answer the possible discrepancies that the article you shared lists, I will continue to stand with Cruz until such information becomes available. And the point I was making with the military base reference was that one parent of the child needs to be an American citizen, but yes, it was poorly worded on my part, and for that I apologize.

          • Unjust System
          • Brandon Lemmon

            Well put together though this is, it follows Rafael Cruz’s timeline and the only mention it gives of his mother is “Ted Cruz is born in Canada, to two parents who had lived in Canada for at least four years at that time, and had applied for and received Canadian citizenship under Canadian Immigration and Naturalization laws, as stated by Rafael Cruz.” Again, there is no documentation that Eleanor Darragh renounced her American citizenship, as both she and Ted deny her ever doing. Yes, Rafael was a Canadian citizen, but as I said before, only one parent needs to hold American citizenship for the child to be naturalized.

          • Brandon Lemmon

            It is also worth noting that Illinois passed a resolution declaring Cruz to be a natural born citizen:
            “”The Candidate is a natural born citizen by virtue of being born in Canada to his mother who was a U.S. citizen at the time of his birth,” the [Illinois] board said, explaining Cruz met the criteria because he “did not have to take any steps or go through a naturalization process at some point after birth.”” –

            But even a quick Google search on “Ted Cruz birthplace” reveals that there is still no consensus as to whether or not Cruz is a natural born citizen, as the Supreme Court has not made a ruling on it, so seeing that regardless of background information and levels of experience, experts on the Constitution disagree on this topic, I suggest that for now, we simply agree to disagree and see what the Supreme Court says, if this issue makes it to their desks.

          • Unjust System

            lol more government subsidized propaganda!

          • empty pockets

            Cruz really terrifies all of you. The idea of a constitutional conservative should only frighten those who intend the worst for America like the one in office now or the unindicted career criminal or the openly socialist fossil or the crony-ist, political influence buyer who wants to institutionalize that corruption…because he sees nothing wrong with it…just wants to be the seller now.

          • Unjust System

            Cruz Constitutional Conservative? !! roflmmfao!! He has flip-flopped on so many issues even his lackeys don’t know where he stands on the issues! ALL politicians are supporting and behind Obummer who is OVERTHROWING our government while people PRETEND they are being given a choice of the next POTUS that will screw them even MORE!

          • empty pockets

            You’ve become boring, even for a mindless troll and/or likely Donny-bot. You don’t even bother to try to offer any evidence, even a hint to support your idiocy. Understandable. There IS none….and I’m done with wasting time on you.

          • Unjust System

            “mindless troll ” “Donny-bot” I see YOU ran out of legitimate arguments to support YOUR position!

            Ted Cruz Flip Flops On Marijuana

            Ted Cruz Flip Flop on Support of Chief Justice John Roberts

            Media Blast Ted Cruz’s “Dishonesty” And “Hypocrisy” Over Previous Immigration Positions

            3 Times the Old Ted Cruz Contradicted the New Ted Cruz
            2) BIG JURY AWARDS
            3) THE DEATH PENALTY


          • Unjust System

            There is none as blind as those that won’t see! “had applied for and RECEIVED Canadian citizenship” In order for her, Eleanor, to become a Canadian citizen she HAD to renounce her US citizenship!

          • Brandon Lemmon

            Again, where is the documentation? In the last article you posted, the claim that she renounced her American citizenship is based solely off the words of her husband. Until I see a government record that says that either her American citizenship was revoked or that she accepted Canadian citizenship, I will go with the last piece of verifiable government evidence available – that of her birth certificate. Words do not amount to a legally binding document when it comes to evidence, and if you have documentation that is undeniably true, then I will change my stance on Cruz. Until then, I remain one of Cruz’s supporters.

          • Unjust System

            YOU want documentation? Contact Canada and find out for yourself! NO ONE can VOTE in Canada unless they are a CITIZEN. Canada did NOT recognize dual-citizenship until AFTER 1974 – US law states that once you renounce your citizenship you MUST go through the naturalization process to become a citizen again! BUT it matters little Cruz, like ALL the other politicians, house of representatives, congress, supreme court are supporting Obummer in his over throw of the American government while the people argue about trivial issues – like what is a NATURAL born vs a NATIVE citizen!

          • Brandon Lemmon

            Prove that Cruz or his mother ever voted in Canada. As I stated before, all you are going off of is hearsay, while I am looking at government issued documents which say that Eleanor was an AMERICAN citizen at the time of Ted’s birth, and you cannot come up with any solid documentation to support your claims. I have looked up voter registration records for Alberta and see no mention of Cruz’s mother anywhere. The difference between you and me is that I will not say that that is definitive proof that she was not a Canadian citizen, but I will say that it seems to support a claim that she was not registered to vote in Canada, and by extension that she did not necessarily forfeit her American citizenship. I am willing to adjust my veiw based on fact, not emotion or hearsay, which is all you have thrown at me. Until you come up with valid proof that Cruz is ineligible to run for President, I will no longer bother replying to this thread. Have a nice day.

    • Ghost Wolf

      He just wants to star in porn flicks and dominate the world…

      • Brandon Lemmon

        Honestly, what 18 year old doesn’t dream of world domination?

      • Anya Williams

        I was a communist at 18. I’m not now. People grow up

        • Ghost Wolf

          If one is aiming for world domination, working for Goldman Sachs like Ted and Hillary is a great start. That banking empire has thoroughly plundered this nation and can now rely on minions like you to help them screw us over some more. One day Americans must chose between freedom and continued domination by global banking institutions that can create vast wealth out of thin air and use it to manipulate our entire society – to their benefit and our destruction.

          • empty pockets

            Your Donny Boy is aiming for world domination. He’s the one resorting to Obama-tactics of intimidation, lies and bombast and promising fascism. And that was last WEEK not decades ago as a testosterone overloaded teen boy.

          • Ghost Wolf

            Trump is a patriot tying to save the USA from continued corrupt, incompetent leadership that looks out for international bankers that have no interests in rebuilding the economy or improving life for Americans – they prefer the USA die. You must want this rotting of our nation to continue. Cruz is a yes-man for the bankers, while it is clear Trump is his own man. Thus the reason he has the whole rotten system against him. You are another ill-informed, media manipulated slave and a harbinger of death to our Republic.

          • empty pockets

            Straw men…a weak man’s and politicians’ ruse—Barry does it all the time and Donny is much like him…seems his zombies are, too. Let me set fire to this one…everyone who has not contracted Donny-zombie-bugs does not want to destroy America. In point of fact WE think YOU Trumpettes, bots and zombies along with your narcissistic and autocratic leader who is very much like Barry in attitude AND actions AND political philosophy…is the one who will continue–even speed up the destruction by handing all that power to another Barry.

            Donny owes far more to a lot more “YUGE” banks than the Cruz’s ever did (and theirs is nearly paid off) Show me the votes and actions when Cruz pandered to “the bankers” or any other special interest group.

    • empty pockets

      Aside from the allegations and exaggerations from the Iowa caucus, to which “recent allegations” and “frankly treacherous things” are you referring?

      • Brandon Lemmon

        As far as the “recent allegations,” there was a lot of talk just after this story hit the news of other lies being perpetrated by Cruz’s campaign, most of which dealing with other candidates and have since been shown to have been campaign moves by other candidates trying to shameface Cruz, and I was referring this and Cruz’s campaign sending out people’s voting records in hopes of garnishing more votes in the caucus when I mentioned “frankly treacherous things”. Now that I know more about what was going on, I recant my claim of this case being treachery and instead call it a simple misunderstanding, however the voting records still strikes me as a bit over the line, but as I mentioned before, it was his campaign that sent out the mailers, quite possibly without the support of Cruz.

        • empty pockets

          One report yesterday (sorry, can’t recall who or from where on TV) mentioned that the mailers weren’t new to this cycle of the Cruz campaign. Stuff like that doesn’t even phase Iowans, “they” said.

          There’s a saying I’ll paraphrase, hopefully not too badly: if you’re taking flak, you’re over the target. Cruz is making a lot of people very worried. They would like nothing better to either ignore him away or destroy him. As a constitutional conservative, a man with principles who does his best to keep his promises, aside from making all the rest look very bad, he also poses an existential threat to their big gov’t status quo. They will pull out all the stops, use all means fair and most foul to eliminate him and that threat. The media will lie and the progressive left and right will swear to it. When disproven, he will have again been dragged unwillingly off issue and some of the lies will stick because of the ignorance of the majority.

          In history, the status of some leaders was elevated because of the strength and viciousness of their enemies. The reasoning was that only the strongest leaders warranted the strongest enemies. The way it’s shaping up, by that standard, Cruz will be an awesome leader.

          • Brandon Lemmon

            I agree completely.

  • Kari

    Looks like it is Carson who is up to dirty tricks before he had all the facts. Ted has always had impeccable honesty and character.

  • Kimberly Lowry

    All you evangelicals have been had! WOLF in Sheeps clothing and you missed it.

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  • Jeff Allen

    cruz will be a mistake, period

  • empty pockets

    Here is Donny…but merely part of him. He’s [supposedly] changed his positions on every single issue. Every. Single. Issue. At least he SAYS so but he SAYS a lot he later retracts.