(CN) – Sen. Ted Cruz fired his presidential campaign’s communications director afternoon for distributing a story that falsely claimed that rival Marco Rubio dismissed the Bible.
Rick Tyler had earlier issued an apology to Rubio for sharing a story on social media that included a video misquoting the Florida senator, making it appear he was making a dismissive remark about the Bible.
The video was distributed in a Tweet, and shows Rubio speaking in Spanish to a young man looking at a Bible.
The English subtitle portrays Rubio as saying, “You’ve got a good book, but there are not many answered in there.”
What the senator actually says in Spanish is, “You’ve got a good book, all of the answers are in there – especially that one.”
Rubio told reporters he was saying that the Book of Proverbs is especially helpful.
In sacking Tyler, Cruz said his aide made a “grave error of judgment.”
“I have made clear in this campaign that we will conduct this campaign with the very highest standards of integrity,” Cruz said during a press conference televised by CNN.
Rubio, campaigning in Las Vegas, Nev. ahead of Tuesday’s Republican caucus there, said the incident is just another example of the “deceptive” practices Cruz has employed during the campaign.
“Who’s going to be fired when Ted Cruz is president,” Rubio said. “Because his campaign now has repeatedly done things that they have to apologize for and no one’s ever held accountable,” Rubio said.
“Every single day something comes out of the Cruz campaign that’s deceptive and untrue, and in this case goes after my faith,” he added.
Donald Trump, never one not to miss an opportunity to mix things up,” blasted Cruz over the Tweet, calling it just one more example of his opponent’s dishonesty.
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