I'm looking for a way to describe expressing an opinion that isn't true because there is a strategic motive.
For example: If I ask someone to name their least favorite 2016 GOP presidential candidate, and they say "Jeb Bush", even though there are others they like even less than him.
The reason they say "Jeb Bush" is because their favorite GOP candidate is Rand Paul, and they know that Jeb is a good competitor and might give Rand a tough time. Their least favorite candidate is actually Donald Trump, but they purposely don't pick him because they think he'll never win the primaries.
Basically he's strategically saying his least favorite candidate is Jeb Bush (even though it's not).
What is the best way to say this without having to provide a large example like the one I provided above?