The following is an excerpt from Katie Zezima | February 23, 2016 | Thewashingtonpost.com |
Ted Cruz’s presidential bid is in turmoil after repeated allegations of unsavory campaign tactics by his Republican rivals, leading some key supporters to call for a shake-up in the candidate’s message and strategy a week ahead of the crucial Super Tuesday primaries.
Aides and allies of the insurgent senator from Texas acknowledged in interviews this week that the campaign has been damaged by attacks from Donald Trump and Marco Rubio on Cruz’s integrity. They have pointed to a series of questionable tactics by the Cruz camp, including calls to voters suggesting that candidate Ben Carson was dropping out and sharing an inaccurate video suggesting Rubio had disparaged the Bible.
The video prompted Cruz to abruptly fire his chief spokesman, Rick Tyler, who posted it on social media, on Monday in an attempt to put his candidacy back on course. But the troubles continued Tuesday, when the campaign halted the sale of merchandise by a street artist whose social-media accounts include controversial and sometimes racist messages.
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