We reported on this last night so if you want to read the backstory you can do that here.
But the bottomline is that CNN released a story yesterday around caucus time about Carson taking a break from his campaign and that got interpreted in my circles as Carson dropping out. The Cruz campaign spread the news but failed to spread the statement by the Carson campaign that they were not dropping out at all.
So today Ted Cruz issued an apology to Ben Carson, per this report:
CNN – The day after winning the Iowa caucuses, Ted Cruz issued an apology to Republican rival Ben Carson for falsely telling Iowa caucusgoers that the retired neurosurgeon planned to quit the race, calling it a “mistake.”
Cruz said in a statement Tuesday that his campaign staff saw a CNN report that Carson was dropping out, although CNN had not characterized Carson’s actions that way.
“Last night when our political team saw the CNN post saying that Dr. Carson was not carrying on to New Hampshire and South Carolina, our campaign updated grassroots leaders just as we would with any breaking news story,” Cruz said in a statement first shared with CNN. “That’s fair game. 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.”
Classy move by Cruz here to apologize.