Huckabee hits Cruz for 'low-life, sleazy politics'
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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is criticizing Republican presidential candidate Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzUS-China trade war is just the start of the struggle for global order Dem lawmaker: Migrant family separation policy 'is on all of us' Cruz wins charity basketball challenge against Jimmy Kimmel MORE for what he calls "low-life, sleazy politics."

Huckabee, who suspended his presidential campaign after a poor performance in Iowa, attacked Cruz's campaign for telling people on the night of the caucuses that rival Ben Carson would be dropping out of the race.

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“I can attest to the fact that even in our campaign there were many efforts to try and say that people shouldn’t vote for me or Rick Santorum or Ben Carson," Huckabee said on his podcast this week, Buzzfeed News reported.

"The Cruz people said it would be a wasted vote and they should vote for Cruz. It wouldn’t have made a difference for any of use but it is the kind of low-life, sleazy politics people truly get sick of."

Huckabee noted that Cruz apologized to Carson after his campaign spread a story that Carson had dropped out. But he added that Cruz "deflected blame to CNN" claiming they had reported that Carson was out.

“Dr. Carson, being a good Christian, accepted the apology on a personal level, but he didn’t buy Cruz’s claims of innocent intentions," Huckabee said.

"As usual, Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpEx-ethics chief calls on Trump to end 'monstrous' migrant policies Laura Bush blasts Trump migrant policy as 'cruel' and 'immoral' US denies report of coalition airstrike on Syria MORE was more blunt, he accused Cruz of stealing the caucuses and said there should be new vote.”  

Huckabee has hit Cruz's campaign tactics in the past.