Dr. Ben Carson said on Fox News Tuesday night he believes fellow GOP candidate Ted Cruz did not know about his team's attempt to sway votes at the Iowa Caucuses Monday night. Yet he condemned the senator's "dishonest" campaign, comparing it to the Obama administration.
Cruz came out mid-Tuesday with an apology on behalf of his team. Some of them misinformed precinct officials across the Hawkeye state that Carson was suspending his campaign and suggesting a vote for him would be a waste. The Iowa Caucus winner said he had not known about his employees' plans, but has said little about how he will respond to their actions in the coming days.
"I have to accept at his word that he didn't know," Carson told Bill O'Reilly Tuesday night.
Carson, who received 9 percent of Iowans' votes, admitted his campaign suffered unknown losses after the rumors and a CNN story subsequently began circulating before the Caucuses had concluded.
"Here's the issue, 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 that we see in the Obama administration, the IRS scandal, no responsibility."
Instead, Carson has charged Cruz with taking action to ensure the individuals on his team who shared that information are held responsible. He also said it is up to voters in New Hampshire and South Carolina not to allow Cruz or his staffers to get away with similar shenanigans.
Fox News and Carson's campaign are both investigating the incident. Cruz's campaign has not responded to Carson's Tuesday night remarks.