Speaking to Bill O’Reilly Tuesday night, Dr. Ben Carson condemned the actions of the Ted Cruz campaign, likening it to other corrupt institutions — like the Obama administration — which allow and encourage its personnel to behave dishonestly.
Cruz’s campaign spread rumors that Carson was dropping out of the race before the Iowa caucuses were closed for the night, a savvy move since Cruz and Carson are both angling for the same precious batch of evangelical votes.
His campaign released a statement, disingenuously claiming that CNN had reported Carson was “not carrying on,” and apologizing directly to Carson for not broadcasting his campaign’s clarification that he was, in fact, staying in the race. “This was a mistake from our end, and for that I apologize to Dr. Carson,” the statement said.
O’Reilly kept pressing the notion that CNN was to blame, calling Cruz’s tactics “politics as usual,” but Carson stayed focused on the role Cruz’s team played in spreading the misinformation, saying:
A culture exists within the Cruz camp that would allow people to take advantage of a situation like this in a very dishonest way. Isn’t this the same thing we see with the Obama administration? The IRS scandal? No responsibility. Let’s see what in fact the Cruz campaign will do about those individuals who inappropriately disseminate this information knowing that the caucuses were not over. They were obviously anxious to get it out there, weren’t they?
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