- Trump calls for rematch in Iowa
- ‘Cruz stole victory’ – Trump
- ‘We need a Commander in chief, not a Twitterer in chief’- Cruz
The Republican nomination race suddenly turned into a slanging match after candidate Donald Trump called for a new election in Iowa, accusing the winner Ted Cruz of fraud.
Trump as usual took to social media saying Cruz had stolen the caucus because of an email put out by his campaign staff. It wrongly told voters that rival Ben Carson was quitting the race and then urged his supporters to vote for Ted Cruz.
Trump who was campaigning in Arkansas on Wednesday (Feb 3), then painted himself as the good guy:
“Actually I think I came in first, because if you take a look, ok, you know. Oh that voter fraud, you know these politicians are brutal, they are brutal. They are brutal, they are a bunch of dishonest cookies, I want to tell you, that’s one of the reasons I’m doing this, it’s one of the reasons.”
Cruz who defied the polls to take Iowa, apologised to Carson for what he said was a misunderstanding and quickly hit back at Trump describing him as being less mature than his five and seven-year-old daughters.
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“I wake up every day and laugh at the latest thing Donald has tweeted. Because he’s losing it. Look, we need a commander in chief, not a Twitterer in chief. We need someone with judgment and the temperament to keep this country safe,” said Cruz.
Next in the hunt for both the Republican and Democratic presidential nominations is Tuesday’s primary in New Hampshire. And for the Republicans the field narrowed on Wednesday with both Rand Paul and Rick Santorum exiting the race.
Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have already held their first campaign event in the state in the run up to the vote, battling over their progressive credentials during a town hall debate.