I am not sure why you are micro dissecting this announcement at this point in the campaign, especially when you know inherently how different the circumstances are. I have learned a great deal from you and consider you a good source of political discussion on this forum, even when I don’t agree with your politics, but on this issue you are beating a dead horse, comparing apples to oranges, my sense is you understand the difference. If you want to maintain this position fine. Cruz has already apologized for this instance and lost one of his key campaign officers in another. His politics aside, these are facts.
To directly compare two entirely different situations at two entirely different points in the campaign, seeing as Iowa is the very first state to vote while Carson made the latest official announcement after a dismal Super Tuesday is disingenuous. If Carson had made the announcement “I do not see a political path forward” after finishing a distant 5th after Super Tuesday, and then stated he would not be attending the debates, Cruz and his campaign team could have stated; after confirming his official announcement by calling his campaign team I might add: “Carson team has acknowledged there is no political path forward and is all but out”, and no one would have batted an eye. It is March, not mid February, it is an official announcement, not political commentary by a newscast, it is confirmed not sent out via twitter in haste in order to profit from voter uncertainty the date of the first election stop, solely based on innuendo.
If you are suggesting that I should have contacted the Carson camp and verified what his official campaign announcement meant, I’m sorry, I didn’t. If you are suggesting that an individual posting his official statement in an online forum and a member of his campaign team posting something to voters based on commentary by CNN are the exact same things, we will have to continue to disagree.
To address the last comment about my “favourite”. My favourite dropped out some time ago in the form of Rand Paul. I had suggested I liked Rubio along with Paul in some of my earliest posts, I also viewed Carson as someone whos economic positions and understanding of governments roll was appealing. I try and be objective as I learn about the process and what this means for America, Canada and the West. Ultimately no candidate is going to fulfill all of ones opinions, it’s impossible, therefore, when deciding who is a decent match with my personal belief system AND is electable, there are choices which more closely match than others.