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Ted Cruz-Marco Rubio Photoflap Over Amateurish Dirty Trick

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The offending photo. (www.TheRealRubioRecord.com)

By    |   Friday, 19 Feb 2016 07:03 AM

The Ted Cruz campaign came under heavy fire from Marco Rubio's campaign on Thursday after the Texas senator used an altered photo to make it look like Rubio was shaking hands with President Barack Obama.

"There is a culture of dishonesty from top to bottom in the Cruz for president campaign," said Rubio senior adviser Todd Harris, Politico reported.

"It is reflected in what Ted Cruz himself says, it’s reflected by phony Facebook pages that his supporters put up, it’s reflected by calls to Iowa voters saying Ben Carson dropped out. … And now the latest example is a completely invented photo of Marco Rubio attacking us for a position that Ted Cruz himself held a few short months ago."

The photo in question appeared on the Cruz campaign website, www.TheRealRubioRecord.com, and shows Rubio's head on another man's body who is shaking hands with President Obama. The caption reads: "The Rubio-Obama Trade Pact."

The original image onto which Rubio's face was pasted was quickly found by amateur sleuths. They pointed out you could find it by typing "businessmen shaking hands" or "black man shaking hands" in an Internet search engine.

In response to the accusations, the Cruz camp waived the issue away.

"Two days before the presidential primary in South Carolina, they want to talk about a picture we used," said Rick Tyler, a Cruz spokesman. "If Rubio has a better picture of him shaking hands with Barack Obama, I’m happy to swap it out."

Cruz campaign spokesman Brian Phillips added cheekily that "We googled 'two people supporting amnesty,'" in order to find the photo.

When it came to the final verdict, The New York Times explained that the image and surrounding media deployed the Cruz team "is a reference to a Senate vote Mr. Rubio cast in favor of granting Mr. Obama the authority to negotiate a global trade agreement."

"As it happens, Mr. Cruz voted for the same legislation, but later reversed course when it came up for a second vote."

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