Trump hits Cruz mailers as ‘dishonest,’ ‘deceptive’
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GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE early Sunday weighed in on controversial get-out-the-vote mailers sent by rival Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzDebbie Wasserman Schultz marks 10 years as breast cancer survivor Foreign agent registration is no magical shield against Russian propaganda Let Trump be Trump and he'll sail through 2020 MORE, calling them “dishonest and deceptive.”

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The Texas senator’s campaign distributed “report cards,” marked with the words “voting violation” in a large red box, purporting to grade Iowa residents and their neighbors on their participation in past caucuses.

Iowa’s secretary of state on Saturday rebuked Cruz, saying the literature “misrepresents” the role of his office and Iowa election law. 

“Accusing citizens of Iowa of a ‘voting violation’ based on Iowa Caucus participation, or lack thereof, is false representation of an official act,” Pate continued in the statement. “There is no such thing as an election violation related to frequency of voting.

“Any institution or statement to the contrary is wrong and I believe is not in keeping in the spirit of the Iowa Caucuses,” he added.

Cruz told defended the tactic Saturday evening, according to The Associated Press, telling reporters that the mailing is “routine.”

Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulLexington mayor launches bid for Congress Trump-free Kennedy Center Honors avoids politics Meet the Iran hawk who could be Trump's next secretary of State MORE, a fellow GOP presidential candidate, late Saturday hit Cruz over the mailers, calling them an example of hypocrisy.