Skip to comments.EXCLUSIVE–Voicemails: ‘Ben Carson Suspending Campaigning’; Cruz: ‘Accurate Report’
Posted on 02/04/2016 12:48:03 PM PST by Hojczyk
New audio obtained exclusively by Breitbart News indicates that as the Iowa caucuses began on Monday night, the campaign called precinct captains informing them that Dr. Ben Carson was suspending campaigning, and instructing them to tell voters they should ânot waste a vote on Ben Carson and vote for Ted Cruz.â
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 mailsâone at 7:07 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST), and one at 7:29 p.m.âon the night of the Iowa caucuses, which began at 7:00 p.m.
The first call came from a woman with a phone number out of Galveston, Texas at 7:07 p.m. (transcript follows audio):
[inaudible]â¦from the Ted Cruz campaign, calling to get to a precinct captain, and it has just been announced that Ben Carson is taking a leave of absence from the campaign trail, so it is very important that you tell any Ben Carson voters that for tonight, uh, that they not waste a vote on Ben Carson, and vote for Ted Cruz. He is taking a leave of absence from his campaign. All right? Thank you. Bye.
The second voicemail was left at 7:29 p.m. from an Iowa phone number that Breitbart News traced back to a Cruz campaign volunteer hotline.
Hello, this is the Cruz campaign with breaking news: Dr. Ben Carson will be [garbled] suspending campaigning following tonights caucuses. Please inform any Carson caucus goers of this news and urge them to caucus for Ted instead. Thank you. Good night.
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Won’t make any difference to trump worshipers
Several folks at work spoke of supporting Trump a few weeks/months ago. Today during lunch....none of them spoke of supporting Trump. None.
Trump is killing himself with his mouth and sophomoric antics.
Anyone who would believe that a man who spent months campaigning in a State would drop out in the middle of the voting is too stupid to vote.
“The calls were placed after the Carson campaign had already clarified that Carson was not suspending his campaign. “
“I’m a Christian.”
“I’m a principled conservative”
What we have here is a case of situational ethics for Ted Nixon Cruz.
I support Trump but there is NO worship of him. I do see worshipping of Cruz. Pot meet kettle.
That’s worse then getting our ambassador killed in Benghazi!!!
Why are you two changing the subject from Cruz to Trump?
Try to focus ....
So what? That tweet and the EEEVIL phone messages are not inaccurate.
The only issue is that the tweet/meesage characterized Carson's R&R as a leave of absence or suspension. Even if that characterization was intentional, Carson did not plan to campaign in NH or SC and was, in fact, returning to his home in FL.
There was nothing wrong with telling Iowa caucus voters to not waste their vote on Carson. That's kind of the purpose of a caucus gathering!
Cruz's precinct captains should also have advised each precinct captain to tell their caucus attendees to not waste their votes on Santorum, Huckabee, Rand Paul, Jeb, Rubio or Trump.
Sorry Trumpboners, there's no "there" there.
[Anyone who would believe that a man who spent months campaigning in a State would drop out in the middle of the voting is too stupid to vote.]
Hence why a lot probably voted for Cruz...
Carson did take a leave of absence from the campaign trail. Which politician takes a leave of absence right before an election?
Carson was polling at 7.7% before caucus according to the Real Clear Politics average. He finished with 9.3%. You really think a tweet by a campaign surrogate swung that many voters?.... and you would have to assume they all went to Cruz, not Rubio. Cruz beat Trump by 3.3%.
This doesn’t even involve Trump.
Your idol is busted for lying about what he did. And you don't care? Not only do you not care, you're trying to make it as if the story exonerates him, and the trump worshipers don't care.
It was Trump that began whining about it...try to focus.
What I think is that they endeavored to hurt his campaign in order to help their own.
CNN never said Carson is going to drop out, so Carson’s voters should support Cruz and Rubio.
Cruz and Rubio did that all on their own.
The Cruz campaign is the last group I’d listen to if I wanted to determine actions of another candidate are accurate or not.
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