Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) latest move in South Carolina is a mailer that merges President Barack Obama’s face with that of Cruz’s rival Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).
— Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff) February 20, 2016
South Carolina state Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter (D) told The Wall Street Journal that she thought the mailer “moved beyond the dog whistle.” South Carolina presidential politics are notoriously dirty.
“My first reaction was, ‘Oh my God, we’ve moved beyond the dog whistle, we’re just full blown with the race card,’” Cobb Hunter told the Journal.
When The Journal asked the Cruz campaign on Thursday about any racial subtext to the mailer, spokesman Rick Tyler said that “there is none.”
Tyler also said Rubio was a “hypocrite” for handing out negative flyers of his own at Rubio events.