Ben Carson was still boiling Thursday over actions by the Ted Cruz campaign that he believes cost him caucus votes in Iowa on Monday.
"This was absolutely deliberate. I have no question about that," Carson said on Fox News Channel's "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren."
Cruz has issued an apology for what he called a mistake by his campaign when it told precinct leaders than Carson was dropping out of the race and that Carson supporters should be given that news and urged to vote for Cruz instead.
Carson accepted the apology
"as a Christian," he said, but still insists someone should be fired.
"I believe one of the real problems facing our nation right now is that we just say, 'Oh, yeah, it's just the way people do things. It's OK,'" Carson told Van Susteren. "That's how we have gotten into this situation where nobody trusts the government anymore. Where is the truth and honesty and the integrity? Why don't we hold people to it a higher standard?"
The Cruz campaign has blamed the error on a misunderstanding of a CNN report, but CNN has adamantly denied its report said Carson was suspending his campaign. The network said it reported only that Carson was going back home to Florida after the caucuses and not straight to New Hampshire or South Carolina as did other candidates.
GOP strategist Karl Rove told Van Susteren that the Cruz campaign statement was "a complete phony deal."
Cruz press spokesman Rick Tyler said the statement used only Carson's words, but, "There's not a single word from Ben Carson that they used," Rove said. "And the entire implication of it is he is going home and he is going to endorse us so tell people to get behind us tonight."
While the impact can't be fully known, Rove noted, the statement was sent to all 1,500 precinct leaders, and Cruz beat Trump by 6,239 votes.
"So all it took was changing the minds of roughly four people per precinct and Cruz's lead could have been erased," Rove said.
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