Carson claims Iowa opponents used ‘lies and dirty tricks

by FoxNews.com  |  published on February 2, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson denounced his opponents early Tuesday, claiming that they had spread false rumors that the neurosurgeon was dropping out of the race hours before the Iowa caucuses.

“For months, my campaign has survived the lies and dirty tricks from opponents who profess to detest the games of the political class, but in reality are masters at it,” Carson said in a statement. “Even tonight, my opponents resorted to political tricks by tweeting, texting and telling precinct captains to announce that I had suspended my campaign – in some cases asking caucus goers to change their votes.”

Carson did not identify which of his rivals’ campaigns he was accusing, but Fortune magazine reported that Carson claimed that Ted Cruz’s campaign had sent emails to supporters at caucus sites that said Carson was dropping out.

That is really quite a dirty trick,” Carson told reporters, according to Fortune. “That’s the very kind of thing that irritated me enough to get into this quagmire.”

Earlier Monday evening, Carson’s campaign had been forced to clarify a report that the candidate would head to his home in West Palm Beach, Fla. after the caucuses. A campaign spokesman said that Carson was not suspending his presidential bid, but was going home to “get a fresh set of clothes.”

  • vincent knight

    by cnn which is dirty all the way by broadcasting a false rumer, the election should be declaired a fraud and held again, and cnn should be fined out of their pants

  • kbfallon

    Her are two facts–he is Cuban and Canadian until recently…and wants to be the American president….he has shown how shady and sneaky he is..vote Trump.

  • kbfallon

    Well–this was no mistake on Cruz’s part..its the way he rolls. Last week it was the mailings they did…he is starting to show as Hillary, that he will do anything to get elected–this man has his own agenda. The typical career politician.

  • Jimh77

    Ben, this is politics, you stab each other in the back, stretch the truth and lies, and tomorrow you have coffee together and forget all about it, none of it is personal. Just politics.

    • Robert

      The very thing people hate. Politics is crap No More Career Politicians or Lawyers. Don’t tell me Cruz didn’t know, all of the people who voted for him think he is the smartest man in the world, if that’s the case he is smarter then they are.

  • elda

    I admit I have not gotten the entire story but it sounds to me like Ben may have been misunderstood in a statement spoken at just the wrong time and CNN jumped on what they were hoping to hear and Cruz’s just believed the Liberal media which they should not have done. It seems it was just a bad ending to a misunderstanding. Ben should not have discussed going home the night of a caucus. He said one thing everyone else thought another. Politics is like this.

    • Robert

      CNN is run by a RINO or Progressive Democrat they want to cause as much trouble for our candidates as they can. Why would any conservative believe in any trash they put out their.

      • elda

        I too would say consider the source but politics is so cut throat that if you don’t jump on every tip you may get left in the dust. The real issue here is that every sector has its own protocol. You have Hollywood and I include main stream media in that batch of left leaning story tellers. I’m sure doctors have politics but they usually just expect everyone to believe them. Ben didn’t expect his every statement to be so political. Trump comes from the cut throat big real estate big money big deals. Cruz is a politician and so are the rest. They know that game way better than Trump who throws tantrums to get those big deals. Ben Carson is used to just calmly talking to people and most don’t understand anyway….it is about compassion. Ben got caught showing his ignorance and Trump is not getting his way so he will use Carson to inflict pain on the one not following HIS rules. Cruz didn’t do anything wrong. He just misunderstood Carson because Carson is not understanding the rules.

  • Ron

    It seems odd to me that Carson (and I like Ben) would fly all the way to Florida to get a change of clothes when he is worth millions and he could have bought all the clothing he needed in New Hampshire, or even Iowa. The cost of the flight to FL and back to New Hampshire could have bought a lot of clothing.

    • HandmaidenKaren

      That has nothing to do with the conversation..if you want to use that…you look no further than to Obama whose lengthy vacations has cost us Millions of dollars…and lots of gas, and planes and clothes…

      • Ron

        Karen, I meant nothing about that besides, if I could get my hands around Obama’s throat, I’d ring his neck. Besides, I already stated that I like Ben. I think I mentioned all o f that because there are so many lies told by the news these days.

        • pmbalele

          I am repeating this story again. You remember I told Carson Dr. Carson not to associate with Repubs and TPs. GOP is a party of rich White males. I was shocked when Dr. Carson dissociated himself from President Obama. You remember at a party Carson renounced Obamacare in front of President Obama- a fellow African-American. President Obama could not believe it was coming from a fellow African-American. I hope Carson knew Blacks were relegated to poor clinics and hospitals. Not now with Obamacare. Of course White Repubs and TPs loved it a Black man hate Obamacare. Obamacare enables poor Whites and Blacks to have access to preventive medical services. Dr. Carson could be a millionaire for being a successful surgeon. But it seems he forgot he is Black and that Repubs and TPs hate smart Blacks and White women. Remember how TPs and Repubs treated Herman Cain, Michael Steele, Allen Keyes, Michele Buchman and Sarah Palin – like junk. And I have seen quite a few Blacks around my neighborhood who do not want to be seen with other Blacks. Now Carson will find out the hard way. His polls are down. The Iowa Caucus may be his last straw. I wish him to go back as a surgeon not as a politician. He is welcome to us Demos. We will make him US Surgeon General- not President.

          • kbfallon

            I knew someone would have to make it a race deal…pitiful–its a nasty game for an outsider to get into and think it will be fair to all..and after Obammie got elected….you still can do the race thing…You’re statement is what’s wrong with all this.

          • pmbalele

            Once more I am asking Dr. Carson never again attend those religious churches in Iowa. They are full of racists and bigots.

          • Ron

            You are not serious. The democrats??? Obama is a liar, both Clintons would not tell the truth if they had their hands on the Holy Bible. Kerry is and has always been a liar. I know because I am a Vietnam veteran. Roosevelt gave Americans nothing and he lied about getting involved in WWII or knowing about the Pearl Harbor attack. Kennedy lied. The only good democrat president there ever was, was Harry Truman. Guess which party was in power when all the third world countries got the bomb? Which party was in power and got us involved in all of our wars?

          • pmbalele

            Sure, I guess you’re telling people Ted Cruz is an American born. No. He is a Canadian-Cuban. He voted for the oil from Canada to please his birth country.

          • Robert

            All Democrats.

      • elda

        It matters because in politics everyone is looking for weakness. Ben probably never gave a thought to what it might look like. This is politics. It is a pack of wolves salivating as they circle each other and Ben bleated.

    • bytheway4

      ron, he said he was going home to change ( meaning his hotel.) that’s just another lie from Cruz. It was all planned. I saw and read one of the letters he sent out.

  • Webb

    Trust but Verify…
    Cruz in 2016, one that could put America back on track!
    Carson is a good person…his story is Great, but he needs to stick to medicine!

    • AKLady

      Right.
      You want the son of Fidel Castro’s life-long friend and supporter in the highest office.

      • Sam

        “lifelong friend & supporter”? Where have you been? His father fled Batista, & like most Americans had been led to believe Castro would free Cuba from a tyrant. But he left Cuba after seeing what Castro had done. Rafael was no friend of communism. You know you’re lying.

        • AKLady2015

          LOL.

          Daddy Cruz did no such thing. He also lies about his relationship to other revolutionaries.

          Those who knew him in Cuba have a very different story to tell.

          The Cuban refugee community has a name for him: ojalateros.
          .

      • Webb

        Wrong information…
        Make your choice…my choice has been made…
        Cruz in 2016

        • AKLady

          Wrong, Webb — you do not havr a choice.
          The Electoral College makes that choice for you.

          • Webb

            My choice is Cruz…by my one individual Vote!
            Does that suffice…
            Now your choice, at your peril?

          • AKLady2015

            Dear Webb, please learn how your government actually works. I suggest you begin by looking into how your state selects its Electoral College members. Then, please take your education a bit further and determine whether or no they are required to uphold the popular vote.

            .

            I have some very shocking news for you, the following Presidents did not recieve the popular vote: John Quincy Adams, Rutherford B. Hayes, Benjamine Harrison, George H.W. Bush, William Clinton, and George W. Bush.

    • HandmaidenKaren

      Cruz is a Rino and a man pleaser…when he gets into office he will do just like Obama…lots of promises…but none fulfilled.

      • Sam

        Cruz is nowhere close to a RINO. He’s the one politician who’s gone to Washington & kept his promises, at the expense of being attacked by party leadership at all levels. He’s demonstrated he’s a man of principle on multiple occasions, his recent campaign in Iowa being one extended occasion, where he was attacked daily by ethanol lobbyists & our RINO governor for not backing more crony capitalism with the ethanol mandate. Open your eyes.

        • pmbalele

          Did you read my posting saying that Repubs and TPs are dumb? I guess not. You see what they did yesterday. They voted for Cruz who is not born on American soil and left Trump our son born here. Please ask Ted Cruz to withdraw as WH candidate before he is arrested for faking American. In fact I do not understand brains of Repubs and TPs. In 2012 they wanted to change the US Constitution to allow Arnold to run for the WH job. I am not surprised Trump calls them names such as stupid. GOP morons know Ted is a foreigner ineligible for the WH job; still they are keeping him in GOP line-up. I believe these TPS and Repubs do not know Republican Texas attorneys have already filed lawsuit to remove Ted Cruz from the Senate and GOP WH line-up. He cheated on his Senate papers that he was from Delaware; when actually he is from Canada or Cuba. They should ask Cruz to slither away to avoid arrest for faking American

          • Sam

            This is utter nonsense. By force of the Constitution, statutory law, and even Common Law, Cruz is a natural born citizen because his mother is a citizen. Any argument to the contrary is delusional. And your suggestion that he is “from” Cuba is simply stupid.

          • pmbalele

            Cruz wants USA to be a province of Canada and Cuba. Good luck with your choice.

          • freeportguy

            Please remind me when you made the SAME argument in support of Obama’s legitimacy…

        • Robert

          A man of Principle doesn’t play Dirty Tricks, That’s what they did to Carson.

      • frank_o_anerican

        I agree, Cruz has changed his mind just to please the ones that give him big money, Cruz is in to lobbyist big time he will have to repay them.

        • Robert

          Absolutely wall street owns him.

    • kbfallon

      Cruz is a snake in the grass who popped his little forked tongue out and now people can see him for what he really is….SNEAKY!

      • Webb

        So Cruz Will Be Our Next “SNEAKY PRESIDENT”…ENJOY!

        • AKLady2015

          Only if people like you could elect him.
          However, that would require an Amendement to the U.S. Constitution.

        • Robert

          Don’t hold your breath, only if he gets the support of the Establishment.

          • Webb

            Cruz in 2016…Establishment Or Not!

  • Sam

    This is uncharacteristic of Carson. He should know full well that CNN broadcast the story, & the Cruz campaign picked up on that from CNN. The caucuses were underway by the time the “news” was out, & few people knew about it. The Iowa Poll the day before the caucus put Carson at 10%, and that’s about what he got (9.3%). This snafu basically had no effect.

    • HandmaidenKaren

      It was still wrong for them to do to Carson, no matter how low he was on the vote…A crime is a crime…and THIS WAS A WRONG THING FOR THEM TO DO AGAINST DR. CARSON. I would rather vote for Dr. Carson than any of the Rino’s running under the conservative name.

      • Sam

        The Cruz campaign didn’t “do” anything to Carson. They repeated a CNN news story. Jake Tapper says the info about Carson “returning to Florida” came from the Carson camp.

      • elda

        Carson has been having money and people problems for a while now. EVERYONE is expecting him to drop out, not that anyone on the right wants him to drop out. But when he LOOKS like Ben is dropping out everyone else in the race MUST move to stay alive. It is a cut throat business and that is how it has always been. Ben really needs to be a bit more thick skinned and Donald needs to stop acting like a bully in the sand box.

        • bytheway4

          elda, we see who you like, . Cruz does things like that, he lies and cheats that’ s why he wasn’t like in school or any were he worked, He told others that he will rule the world , some day. How come no other candidate pulled the same dirty trick?

    • pmbalele

      And this brings the issue for Black reparation. I am suing my State for blatant racial discrimination. I want this State to pay for lost wages for 6 years. The case is in local federal court. But racial minorities and especially Blacks should be careful with some judges in federal district and appeals courts. Some still believe they are intellectually superior to Blacks. It comes as a mental shock to them when they find Blacks are as human beings with equal intelligence as them. I will keep you posted on lawsuit I have filed in local district court. Once this case is resolved, I will ask all racial minorities and especially Blacks to big-back on the case. You can’t trust Repubs and TPs.

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