(CBS NEWS) Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio, coming off a fifth place finish in New Hampshire's Republican primary contest, slammed Ted Cruz for the rival campaign's deception of voters during last week's Iowa caucuses.
"His campaign was sending out recorded calls to activists in Iowa telling them Ben Carson has dropped out, inform everyone at the caucus site," Rubio told CBS News' Major Garrett Wednesday. "It was a concerted effort that I'm sure they planned to execute on something in order to influence the election."
Rubio was referring to the false rumor Cruz's campaign propagated by implying Carson was withdrawing from the presidential race, just as Iowa residents convened for caucus night. Carson blamed Cruz for his single-digit finish in the early-voting state, saying that the move was just another example of "Washington ethics" at work.
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