Ted Cruz released a statement Tuesday apologizing to Ben Carson after his campaign spread a rumor that Carson suspended his campaign. Cruz says his team took a CNN story about Carson heading to Florida after the caucuses as news that the neurosurgeon was dropping out.
The campaign admitted, "What the team then should have done was send around the follow-up statement from the Carson campaign clarifying that he was indeed staying in the race when that came out."
Carson, of course, isn't suspending his campaign, and his team says he was heading home for more clothes before getting back on the campaign trail. The retired neurosurgeon appeared on Fox and called Cruz's move a "dirty trick."
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9 Facts you should know about Ted Cruz
Ted Cruz apologizes to Ben Carson for saying Carson suspended campaign
1) His legal name is Rafael Edward Cruz.
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2) His wife Heidi has worked at investment banking firm Goldman Sachs. The company told CNN Monday she will go on unpaid leave for the duration of his campaign. They met while they worked on George W. Bush's 2000 presidential campaign.
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3) He won his Senate seat in 2010 without ever having been elected to public office before. Prior to that he had been appointed to the office of the Solicitor General in Texas.
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4) He had a minor brush with the law in 1987 when he received a ticket for underage possession of alcohol as a senior in high school.
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5) He has two Ivy League degrees: an undergraduate degree from Princeton, and a law degree from Harvard.
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6) He has kept a painting of himself in his office -- a picture of him as a 32-year-old arguing a case before the Supreme Court.
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7) He played a significant role in the government shutdown of 2013, leading a chorus of Republicans who refused to vote for any plan that kept the federal government running that did not also defund Obamacare. Cruz spend nearly 24 straight hours defending his position, including at one point reading the Dr. Seuss classic "Green Eggs and Ham."
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8) His father (left) fled Cuba for the United States, worked in the oil industry and eventually became a pastor. He has made headlines for somewhat inflammatory statements, including telling an audience that President Obama should be sent "back to Kenya."
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9) He doesn't believe in climate change, an issue many Democrats have lampooned him for, in part because he leads the Senate's Space, Science, and Competitiveness Committee which oversees NASA. During a recent appearance on "Late Night with Seth Meyers" Cruz said "Debates on this should follow science and should follow data. Many of the alarmists on global warming, they’ve got a problem because the science doesn’t back them up."
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"If he does know about it, isn't this the exact kind of thing that the American people are tired of? Why would we want to continue with that kind of shenanigans?" asked Carson.
"We simply, as a campaign, repeated what Ben Carson had said in his own words. He said after Iowa, he was going to go back to Florida for a couple days. Then he was going to go to D.C. to the prayer breakfast. And what that told us was that he was not going to New Hampshire," said Cruz spokesperson Rick Tyler.