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HUD Sec Carson Thinks Poverty Is a ‘State of Mind’

“I think poverty to a large extent is also a state of mind.”

— HUD Secretary Ben Carson, quoted by the Washington Post.

Poetic Justice

From Slave to Immigrants

Ben Carson’s at it again, rewriting black history.
But was this a case of stupidity or sophistry?
He tried to inspire folks at HUD,
But his comments fell flat — with a thud.
And how he transformed slaves into immigrants remains a mystery.

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Carson: Slaves Were Immigrants, Too

That’s what America is about. A land of dreams and opportunity. There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less.

— Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, referring to slaves as “immigrants” dreaming of a better life in a talk with department employees, The Hill reports.

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Carson to Endorse Trump

There’s the Donald Trump that you see on television and who gets out in front of big audiences, and there’s the Donald Trump behind the scenes. They’re not the same person. One’s very much an entertainer, and one is actually a thinking individual.

— Ben Carson, on his intention to endorse Donald Trump Friday morning, the New York Times reports.

Enumerati

Ben Carson Raised More than His Opponents and Blew It on Consultants

$58 million

Amount Ben Carson’s failed presidential campaign raised — more than any other GOP contender. “But Carson’s campaign burned through much more of that money on fundraising and consultants than on mass media advertising, on-the-ground employees and other things that could have swayed voters. … Ben Carson ran for president, and his consultants won,” the AP reports.

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Carson Favors ‘Truth Serum’ Over Waterboarding

I believe there are a number of ways to extract information. An average person might understand it as ‘truth serum’ — there are ways where you decrease a person’s conscious defenses, and they might be much more willing to give up information.

— Ben Carson, telling CNN he would use “medical ways” to put terrorists in a “less-than-conscious state” if he became president.

Enumerati

Carson Raises $2 Million for Not Doing Much

$2 million

Amount Ben Carson Inc. has raised since the Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses, “a startling windfall for a campaign that finished a distant-fourth in Iowa and dead last among eight active contenders in New Hampshire,” Politico reports.

Enumerati

Trump’s Lead Falling Nationwide

9 points

Percentage Donald Trump is down since the last survey while Marco Rubio is up 8 points and Ted Cruz is up 3 points, according to a new Public Policy Polling national survey. Trump still leads the GOP presidential field with 25%, followed by Cruz and Rubio, both at 21% and Ben Carson at 11%.

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Carson Accuses Cruz Campaign of Dirty Tricks

At many of the precincts, the information was disseminated that I was suspending my campaign, that I had dropped out. And anybody who was planning to vote for me was wasting their vote and therefore they should reconsider.

— Ben Carson, accusing Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign of telling voters at Iowa precincts that Carson had dropped out of the race, TPM reports.

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What We All Suspected About Ben Carson

I think he’s just living in an alternative universe.

— Former Ben Carson campaign manager Barry Bennett, talking to Politico about his old boss.