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  • With the steady increase in the Republican support for Ben Carson, especially in Iowa, it is time to take a closer look at what Ben Carson has said that has caused his popularity to rise with Republicans.In Iowa Carson leads Donald Trump by 12 to 14 points in the polls of October 26th.

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  • Newly minted Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson seemed to compare immigrants in America to former slaves who were brought here against their will. Carson said "[t]here were other immigrants who came in the bottom of slave ships, who worked even longer, even harder, for less, but they too had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great grandsons, great granddaughters might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land."
  • Senator Ted Cruz’s campaign apologized to Ben Carson for telling Iowans ahead of the caucuses that he had suspended his campaign. Cruz won the Iowa caucuses with 28 percent support. Carson finished fourth at 9 percent but blamed his fourth-place finish on Cruz.
  • Dr. Ben Carson asked a packed auditorium of young school children to single out the "worst student" in fifth grade and dozens of children pointed at one child. The entire auditorium erupted into laughter. Carson tried to recover by saying that his former classmates would have pointed at him.
  • Ben Carson's campaign shared a map showing the states whose Governors are trying to refuse Syrian refugees and expressed his support for those Governors. What no one on his team noticed is that the map redrew the northeastern part of the United States and placed a handful of states in the wrong location on the map.
  • Ben Carson’s campaign admitted that Carson's story of being accepted to West Point was fabricated. According to a story told in Carson’s book, a 17 year old Carson dined with Gen. William Westmoreland, gaining a full scholarship. West Point, however, has no record of Carson applying or being admitted.
  • In his 30 year career as a neurosurgeon, Carson, faced a total of eight malpractice claims in the state of Maryland, according to the Maryland Health Care Alternative Dispute Resolution Office.
  • The 2016 Committee, a Super PAC which raised over $5 million for Ben Carson, was listed as a sponsor for a conference of The World Congress of Families, an organization distinguished by The Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group.
  • Dr. Ben Carson appears to have broken campaign finance law meant to restrict a candidate from having any corporation pay for a candidates expenses by using checks or in-kind giving them any goods or services. Mr. Carson recently suspended his campaign to promote his new book, but before doing so he spoke at the National Press Club to promote it. This in and of itself is not illegal, but the fact that his publishing company paid for the candidates traveling and other expenses for him to speak there is skirting on the edges of breaking the law. Carson's campaign denies any wrongdoing, but the law is very clear. Campaign finance laws mandate that candidates "may not accept contributions made from the general treasury funds of corporations, labor organizations or national banks.

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