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Ben Carson Activist in Iowa: I Was ‘Devastated’ By False Cruz Report


An Iowa newspaper has documented the story of an activist for Dr. Ben Carson who was so devastated by a report from the Ted Cruz campaign that she could not speak for him at her local caucus meeting.

The report, which had already been denied by the Carson campaign, turned out to be untrue. The Cruz campaign later apologized–once it had already won Iowa.


Pat Kinney of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports today:

“I’d never done anything like this before,” she said. “I felt really passionate about Dr. Carson. We were inspired by Dr. Carson’s story. I volunteered to talk for him. And you get all revved up to speak to 500 people.”

Then, the unthinkable happened.

A lady who had just checked her smart phone said the campaign of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz “just informed us that there’s a CNN story that he (Carson) is out of the race and he’s endorsed (Sen. Ted) Cruz,” Probert related. She had already risen to speak.

“There was a gasp in the audience,” Probert related. “I was just devastated. I got emotional. I said, ‘My husband and I live here in Independence with our two Haitian children. We were inspired by Dr. Carson’s story…’”

That was as far as she got. Overcome by emotion, she sat down.

Read the full story here.


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