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Republican U.S. presidential candidates (L) Texas Sen. Ted Cruz apologized to Florida (R) Sen. Marco Rubio on Monday and fired his communications director over a story that implied Rubio held disdain for the Bible. Businessman Donald Trump (C) agreed with Rubio’s assessment that Cruz was engaged in a pattern of unethical campaigning. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz asked for his communications chief Rick Tyler to resign on Monday, following a retweet of a false story about rival GOP presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. The story falsely claimed that Rubio had written the importance of the Christian Bible in a mess hall. A video of the incident suggests that Rubio actually praised the bible, telling a man identified as a Cruz staffer that “that’s a good book there,” and that it has “all the answers.” The reported Cruz staffer in the video is not Tyler.

Rubio spoke out against the fabricated video, calling it part of a “pattern” of deceptive attacks, and calling on Cruz to fire those responsible for the video.

“Who’s going to be fired when Ted Cruz is president? Because his campaign now has repeatedly done things that they have to apologize for and no one's ever held accountable," Rubio told the Hill.

Cruz then apologized, and fired his communications director.

"This was a grave error of judgment. It turned out the news story he sent around was false but I'll tell you, even if it was true, we are not a campaign that is going to question the faith of another candidate," Cruz told CNN.

Businessman Donald J Trump piled on, saying that the Cruz campaign had employed another “dirty trick” following a controversial series of calls to Ben Carson supporters in Iowa telling them incorrectly that he had suspended his campaign.

Meanwhile, Rubio’s actual statement and its implications for the separation of church and state has barely been discussed.

“I said the answer to every question you’ll ever have is in that book,” Rubio told WaPo. “And then I pointed to the Book of Proverbs, which he was reading, I said particularly that one, which is a book of wisdom.”

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