Ted Cruz sacked Rick Tyler, his national spokesman, after he circulated a video on Sunday that allegedly showed Rubio walking by a Cruz staffer in a hotel lobby who was holding a Bible. Although the audio was fuzzy, some assumed Rubio to have remarked: “Got a good book there, not many answers in it.” In fact, Rubio had said “all the answers in it.” “This morning I asked for Rick Tyler’s resignation,” Cruz told reporters in Las Vegas over his promotion of a news story that falsely claimed his rival said “something negative about the Bible.” The Tyler firing suggests Cruz may believe his campaign is vulnerable to the emerging narrative that he is a candidate willing to play dirty – a troublesome accusation for a candidate seeking to appeal to the religious right.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.