Texas Senator Ted Cruz dismissed his top communication aide Monday for yet another deceptive campaign tactic, the latest targeting the surging candidacy of Florida Senator Marco Rubio.
Rick Tyler, the Cruz campaign’s former official spokesman, tweeted a video which falsely depicted Senator Rubio questioning the Bible as a source of answers.
On Sunday, Tyler shared the brief video clip which shows Rubio chatting with family and staffers. As the candidate passes a campaign aide, he calls to attention a copy of the Bible in front of the staffer. Tyler’s subtitled video inserted Rubio alluding to the Bible as a “good book” with “not many answers in it.”
The Rubio campaign clarified the remark and said the GOP challenger stated: “All the answers are in there.”
On Monday, when questioned about the incident, Senator Cruz said:
“This was a grave error of judgment. It turned out the news story he sent around was false but I’ll tell you, even if it was true, we are not a campaign that is going to question the faith of another candidate,” said Cruz.
Tyler, offering an apology, responded on Facebook.
The Cruz campaign confirmed Tyler submitted his resignation at Senator Cruz’s request.
This recent stumble follows two embarrassing incidents for the Texas Republican. As the Iowa caucus approached, the Cruz campaign was accused of forwarding a story, later proven false, that Dr. Ben Carson was preparing suspending his campaign. Cruz later explained his team had simply advanced a CNN story.
Prior to Iowa caucus night, the Cruz campaign mailed deceptive flyers to state residents headlined with the title “VOTING VIOLATION”, and gave false participation scores next to individual names to shame them into voting.
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