Mike Huckabee is no longer running for president, but he is still criticizing Ted Cruz — this time attacking Cruz's campaign for spreading a report on the night of the Iowa caucuses suggesting Ben Carson would be dropping out of the presidential race.
"Ted Cruz apologized for his campaign spreading a false story that Ben Carson had dropped out of the race but he deflected blame to CNN," Huckabee said on his pay-per-view podcast this week. "Dr. Carson, being a good Christian, accepted the apology on a personal level, but he didn't buy Cruz's claims of innocent intentions. As usual, Donald Trump was more blunt, he accused Cruz of stealing the caucuses and said there should be new vote."
Huckabee continued, "I can attest to the fact that even in our campaign there were many efforts to try and say that people shouldn't vote for me or Rick Santorum or Ben Carson. The Cruz people said it would be a wasted vote and they should vote for Cruz. It wouldn't have made a difference for any of use but it is the kind of low-life, sleazy politics people truly get sick of."
In the final weeks of his campaign, Huckabee took to attacking Cruz, running ads in Iowa accusing the Texas senator of being a "phony" Christian and raising questions about his tithing history.
In another podcast this week, commenting on Saturday's GOP debate, Huckabee again called Cruz's tactics cheap.
"Ted Cruz also took flack for his campaign tactics in Iowa and his unpopularity in Washington and most of them quite deservedly, especially for the last-minute and late hit, below the belt hit, on Ben Carson in Iowa," Huckabee said.
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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