Ben Carson came out swinging about the media during Tuesday night’s Republican Presidential Debate on the Fox Business Network, after facing recent attacks for misleading information found in his autobiography.
Fox’s moderator Neil Cavuto asked Carson if he believed his campaign has been damaged by allegations that he exaggerated and lied about details from his past. As reported by The Hill, Carson feels he is being treated unfairly.
“Well, first off, thank you for not asking me what I said in the 10th grade, I appreciate that,” Carson said to laughs and applause from the crowd.
“The fact of the matter is we should vet all candidates,” he continued. “I have no problem with being vetted. What I do have a problem with is being lied about and putting that out there as truth.”
Carson is addressing the recent revelation that he was not accepted into West Point Military Academy or offered a full scholarship as his book claims. Instead, it seems that someone only told him that his grades were good enough to get him into the prestigious school.
Carson then turned to Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton and said the media had a double standard saying that both President Obama and Hillary Clinton have not received as much scrutiny as he has.
“When I look at somebody like Hillary Clinton, who sits there and tells her daughter and a government official that this was a terrorist attack and tells everyone else it’s a video, where I come from they call that a lie,” Carson said Tuesday.
“I think that’s very different from somebody misinterpreting what I said about being offered a scholarship to West Point,” he continued.
“We have to start treating people the same and find out what they really think and what they’re made of. People who know me know that I’m an honest person.”
Last week, Carson said that he believed CNN was making him out to be a pathological liar after the network exposed false claims that Carson was a violent youth.
“You know, I’m a hundred percent sure that they’re true,” Carson told host Megyn Kelly on Fox News’s The Kelly File. “This is simply an attempt to smear and deflect the argument to something else.”
“The media is ruthless,” the retired neurosurgeon added.
“So, you know, I would say to the people of America — do you think I’m a pathological liar like CNN does? Or do you think I’m an honest person? I’m going to leave that up to the American people to make that decision.”
During the debate, Carson also spoke out against the thousands of Americans who took to the streets Tuesday morning to demand a minimum wage increase.
“Every time we raise the minimum wage, the number of jobless people increases,” Carson said. “I’m interested in making sure that people can enter the job market.”
All three Democratic candidates support raising the minimum wage, but when it comes to Republicans, Carson was not alone on the stage in speaking out against it.
Donald Trump argued that raising the minimum wage would put American businesses at a disadvantage with the rest of the world.
“We are a country that is being beaten on every economic front,” Trump said. “We cannot do this if we are going to compete with the rest of the world.”
Ben Carson seemingly hung in through a rough media week and it remains to be seen if he will remain on top of the GOP ticket after the debate. Throughout the debate, he attacked the media and Hillary Clinton, two talking points that sell well with the GOP voter base.
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