Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is questioning the “culture” of rival Ted CruzTed CruzStephen Hawking: Trump a 'demagogue' Dems to Clinton: Ignore Trump on past scandals Meet the billionaire donor behind Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker MORE’s campaign, a day after Cruz incorrectly spread the message in Iowa that Carson was ending his campaign.
While acknowledging that CNN was the source of the erroneous report, Carson blamed Cruz’s team for deception.
“Heres 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,” Carson told Fox News host Bill O’Reilly on Tuesday.
“Isn’t this the same thing we see with the Obama administration?” he added. “The IRS scandal, no responsibility."
Carson seemed to indicate he wanted heads to roll in Cruz’s staff.
“Let’s see what in fact the Cruz campaign will do about those individuals who inappropriately disseminated this information knowing that the caucuses were not over,” he told O’Reilly. “They were absolutely anxious to get it out there, weren't they?”
Cruz apologized earlier Tuesday for the incident.
He said his campaign misunderstood a CNN story saying Carson was taking a few days off the campaign trail and shared the news, adding that his team should have sent out a clarification later.
"This was a mistake from our end, and for that I apologize to Dr. Carson,” the Texas senator said in the statement.
Carson said on Fox News that he will fight what he sees as dishonesty in politics.
“There are so many people who have said, that's just the way it is, thats the way politics is, and you just accept it,” he said.
“If we expose these kinds of things, and we condemn them and, if people are the ones who have to say this is unacceptable, we will not do this, this is not the right thing to do, it is not the Christian thing to do, don't accept it.”