On Feb. 22, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas announced that he asked for the resignation of his communications director Rick Tyler who recently reposted a story about a video (below) of Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.
According to the video's incorrect transcription, Rubio told a Cruz staffer about the Bible: "Not many answers in it." However, the correct transcript notes that Rubio said, "All the answers are in there."
Tyler reposted this video on Feb. 21.
“We are not a campaign that is going to question the faith of another candidate,” Cruz said at a press conference, according RawStory.com.
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“Even if it were true, our campaign should not have sent it," Cruz added. "That’s why I have asked for Rick Tyler’s resignation. Because the standards of conduct in this campaign have been made absolutely clear for every member of the campaign.”
On Feb. 21, Alex Conant, the communications director for Rubio's campaign, tweeted a link to a video with the correct transcript.
"This video has correct transcript; any other is another dirty trick by Cruz camp," Conant wrote in the video caption. "How do I know? I'm in the video!!"
“I understand that Marco’s campaign team believes it’s politically advantageous to try to distract the topic from his own record," Cruz responded on Feb. 22 "And they have a long record they’ve earned in South Carolina of engaging in this kind of trickery, and impugning the integrity of opponents to distract the attention.”
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Meanwhile, Tyler apologized on Facebook on Feb. 21.
I want to apologize to Senator Marco Rubio for posting an inaccurate story about him here earlier today. The story showed a video of the Senator walking past a Ted Cruz staffer seated in the lobby of a hotel reading his Bible. The story misquoted a remark the Senator made to the staffer. I assumed wrongly that the story was correct.
According to the Cruz staffer, the Senator made a friendly and appropriate remark. Since the audio was unclear, I should not have assumed the story was correct. I've deleted the post because I would not knowingly post a false story. But the fact remains that I did post it when I should have checked its accuracy first. I regret the mistake.