Carson, Cruz Held Secret Meeting in Closet

They discussed 'dirty tricks' on sidelines of SC convention
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2016 6:20 AM CST
Carson, Cruz Held Secret Meeting in Closet
Cruz and Carson are seen after the Fox Business debate last month.   (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

In one of the stranger events of a strange campaign season, Ben Carson and Ted Cruz ended up in a convention center storage closet for more than 20 minutes after looking for "neutral ground" to resolve some differences, the Daily Beast reports. The pair spent around 25 minutes in the closet after Cruz called the meeting before Thursday's night Conservative Review convention in South Carolina to discuss his campaign's "dirty tricks" during the Iowa caucuses.

It's not clear whether the closet had chairs or lights, CBS notes. Despite the length of the meeting—which ended only when it began to run into Carson's convention speaking time—the campaigns do not seem to have resolved their differences. Carson communications strategist Jason Osborne tells the Beast that the meeting did not go well and Carson said afterwards that they "disagree on accountability and culpability." Osborne says they hadn't planned to tell the press about the meeting, "but it seems pretty clear that the other party involved had a different agenda." (Donald Trump accused Cruz of "illegally stealing" Iowa by claiming Carson had quit the race.)

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