Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson quoted a Bible verse during a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 3 in response to the controversy swirling around the campaign of Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas (video below).
"I make no bones about the fact that I am a person of faith. I believe what it says in Matthew 7:20 that 'By their fruits, you will know them,'" Carson said, notes The Washington Post. "I hope you will judge all the other people who are running for this position by the same standards."
Republican candidate Donald Trump released a memo on Feb. 3 that was allegedly written by the Cruz campaign on Feb. 1 -- the day of the Iowa caucus -- that said Carson was "taking time off from the campaign trail" and would make a "big announcement" next week.
The memo went on to say: "Please inform any Carson caucus goers of this news and urge them to caucus for Ted Cruz," reports the Daily Mail.
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Carson was going home to Florida after the caucus, not dropping out of the race or planning any big announcements.
"Sen. Cruz told me that he was not aware of that, when I talked to him," Carson said. "And that he did not agree with that kind of thing. And we'll wait and see what he does to demonstrate that."
"He could have very well not known about it," Carson added. "But it's obvious that there were people in his organization who not only knew about it, but who carried it out, who executed it."
In response to the controversy, Cruz said in a statement on Feb. 2: "Last night, when our political team saw the CNN post saying that Dr. Carson was not carrying on to New Hampshire and South Carolina, our campaign updated grassroots leaders just as we would with any breaking news story."
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"That's fair game," Cruz added. "What the team then should have done was send around the follow-up statement from the Carson campaign clarifying that he was indeed staying in the race when that came out."
CNN countered on Feb. 3: "Sen. Cruz's claims about CNN are false. At no point did the network indicate Dr. Carson would suspend his campaign."
Trump sent out a flurry of accusatory tweets against Cruz on Feb. 3:
"Based on the fraud committed by Senator Ted Cruz during the Iowa Caucus, either a new election should take place or Cruz results nullified."
"The State of Iowa should disqualify Ted Cruz from the most recent election on the basis that he cheated- a total fraud!"