Monday, August 10, 2015

Ben Carson Report 08.10.15

Erick Erickson's reasoning for not inviting Ben Carson to the Red State Gathering:  “I was at two different events for military non-profits in the last year. They were non-profits that had asked Dr. Carson to speak about military veterans and the work he did with the disabled and both times he spent the entire time talking about himself and his battle with the president and it just struck me wrong. And when we were putting together a list of RedState speakers we had a limited selection and I chose not to put Dr. Carson on the list unless the other spots didn’t fill up. The other spots filled up so I didn’t ask him. I was impressed with his debate performance the other night and his closing statement but I just, it left a bad taste in my mouth. Here’s someone that’s supposed to speak on disabled veterans, [speaking] on himself so that’s why I didn’t do it.”

"I don't know quite what he's talking about," Deana Bass, Carson's spokeswoman told the Washington Examiner. "Dr. Carson has a great support for veterans and veterans support Dr. Carson's candidacy, so there is no doubt about Dr. Carson's support for the military and for veterans. So I really don't understand what that means, what those comments mean."

But previously, Erickson said of Carson:  “I don’t see a rationale for his candidacy.”

Des Moines Register:

Lead Pastor Chuck DeVos at LifePoint Assembly of God in Osceola told his congregation that Carson's visit — with 35 minutes of mic time at both services — was not a campaign stop.
Setting: Carson was guest speaker for two morning church services at LifePoint Assembly of God in Osceola.
 Audience: Roughly 175 attendees at each service.
 Reaction: Some laughter during both 35-minute speeches, followed by standing ovations at the end. The congregation stood with hands extended as the pastor prayed a blessing over Ben and Candy Carson after each service. Attendees shook Carson's hand as they left the services and some requested autographs and photos.

"You know, Obamacare is really, I think, the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery. And it is, in a way—it is slavery in a way because it is making all of us subservient to the government." --Ben Carson

Ben Carson on "Face The Nation" 08.09.15