Carson Bashes Cruz for Dirty Tricks: 'Never a More Tainted Victory'
Dr. Ben Carson's campaign unloaded on Sen. Ted Cruz following his victory in the Iowa Caucus, calling the win "tainted" and referring to Cruz as "the worst kind of Washington insider."
The campaign's senior communications strategist, Jason Osborne, pointed to a "voting violation" letter mailed to voters by the Cruz campaign, adding that it was denounced by the Iowa secretary of state.
Osborne slammed Cruz supporters for also telling "abject lies" about Carson, specifically that the retired neurosurgeon would be dropping out.
Carson discussed his allegations of dirty tricks by the Cruz camp on Fox and Friends this morning, including this tweet from last night by Rep. Steve King (R-IA), a Cruz supporter.
Carson looks like he is out. Iowans need to know before they vote. Most will go to Cruz, I hope. https://t.co/lW5Js50EMA
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) February 2, 2016
Carson said Iowans were being told by Cruz supporters that he was going to leave the race.
He said that his wife was at one Iowa caucus precinct where this went on.
"The organizer told her, 'I'm so glad you're here so you can set the record straight and she did. And we actually won in that precinct," he said.
He said if Cruz didn't know this was going on, then he needs to fire some people.
"If he does know about it, isn't this the exact kind of thing that the American people are tired of? Why would we want to continue with that kind of shenanigans?" he asked.
Carson, who finished fourth with 10 percent of the vote, said he believes he would have finished much higher if not for these tactics.
Cruz's campaign spokesman, Rick Tyler, denied the allegations.
He argued that the campaign was telling people truthful information: that Carson planned to go to Florida after the caucus, instead of New Hampshire.
Cruz offered an apology for what occurred in an interview that will air on "Hannity" tonight at 10pm ET.