Cruz distances campaign from fraudulent Facebook post

Republican presidential candidate Ted CruzTed CruzConservatism's worst enemy? The Freedom Caucus. Republicans giving Univision the cold shoulder: report How 'Big Pharma' stifles pharmaceutical innovation MORE is denouncing a Facebook page that suggests Rep. Trey GowdyTrey GowdyGowdy: Nunes briefed president on matters 'unrelated' to Russia probe Sunday shows preview: Aftermath of failed healthcare bill Has Putin already won? He divides US intel from political leaders MORE (R-S.C.) regrets endorsing Marco RubioMarco RubioRepublicans giving Univision the cold shoulder: report Week ahead: Senate panel to vote on Trump's Labor pick Senators introduce new Iran sanctions MORE, after Rubio suggested Cruz's campaign was behind the incident. 

"Our campaign had absolutely nothing to do with this fraudulent Facebook post," Cruz said Tuesday. "This kind of deception is deplorable and nothing like it would be tolerated by this campaign."
 
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Cruz's comments come after Rubio's campaign accused him of "underhanded tactics." A Facebook post from the page "Trey Gowdy Prayers" calls Gowdy's endorsement of Rubio a "grave mistake," adding that "I have changed my mind."
 
The post, which now appears to be unavailable, goes on to endorse Cruz.
 
Gowdy quickly blasted Cruz, saying that he's been willing to "spread false information and outright lies in the hopes of winning votes by appealing to our lowest common denominator.
 
"I’m demanding that Senator Cruz and his campaign repudiate these dishonest and underhanded tactics," he added in the statement released by Rubio's campaign. 
 
Cruz's campaign has been under fire from his GOP presidential competitors, who suggest he's used questionable tactics during the primary. 
 
Rubio and Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump to undo Obama's climate change agenda Kushner met Russian bank executives: report Trump tweets: 'Trump Russia story is a hoax' MORE accused the Texas senator of lying during last week's debate — pointing to retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson's contention that Cruz's campaign spread false information that Carson was dropping out of the race during the Iowa caucuses earlier this month.
 
Carson, who says Cruz's tactics hurt him in Iowa, declined after the debate to call Cruz a liar, instead saying that he believes "there are liars in his campaign."
 
The latest accusations come as Cruz, Rubio and Carson are scheduled to appear in a CNN town hall event Wednesday as they battle ahead of the South Carolina GOP primary on Saturday. 
 
CNN-ORC poll released Tuesday found Trump leading the GOP presidential field in South Carolina, with Cruz in second place.