Ben Carson on Friday said he deserves credit for helping Republican presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpWATCH LIVE: Trump speaks at rally as debate buzz grows Rubio: "Maybe" would run for Senate seat if "good friend" wasn't Scarborough: Sanders debate a ‘great warmup’ for Trump MORE act presidential.
“I’ve had talks about being presidential, about toning it down a bit, appealing to a broader group of people,” the retired neurosurgeon said, according to Politico.
“You did notice that he wasn’t nearly as caustic in the last debate,” he added, noting it came after Carson joined Trump's team. “People appreciated that. It’s a matter of cultivating and capitalizing on that.”
Carson blamed the public's desire for scandalous stories for sparking the feud between Trump and rival Ted CruzTed CruzCruz holds back support for Trump with eye on abortion Trump takes victory lap over rivals' remarks What happens when the GOP base abandons the party platform? MORE over their wives.
“You know, when I was in the race, that was what I complained about constantly, the fact that it was getting into personalities,” he said.
“We have all these serious things,” said Carson, who suspended his own White House bid early this month. “Nobody wanted to hear that. We want to hear juicy stuff. ... Maybe it’s just human nature.”
Carson also warned the GOP establishment against trying to block Trump from winning the nomination.
“If we get to a brokered convention and the powers that be do decide on somebody different, all of those millions of people who have been brought into the process by Trump, if they think those people are going to stay, they’re nuts," he said.
"They basically will have destroyed any unity in the party and destroyed any possibilities in the party.”
The battle between Cruz and Trump erupted this week after Trump threatened to “spill the beans” on Cruz's wife, Heidi.
Trump accused Cruz of having ties to a super-PAC that published an ad earlier this week featuring an image of Melania Trump posing nude in a magazine in 2000.
Cruz called Trump a “sniveling coward” after the businessman shared a photo of the women in an apparent comparison of their looks.