Democrats Go After Ben Carson After He Wins Straw Poll

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

The Democratic National Committee is going after Ben Carson — who won a presidential straw poll of Republican voters in Iowa over the weekend — by drawing attention to colorful remarks made by the neurosurgeon.

On Monday, the DNC sent a short email to reporters about “Ben Carson’s 2016 Momentum.” The committee linked to a Des Moines Register story about Carson winning the Polk County Republican Party straw poll on Sunday.

The DNC then drew attention to previous headlines about Carson, including “Ben Carson: Obamacare worst thing ‘since slavery’” and “Ben Carson: America’s now ‘very much like Nazi Germany.’”

Carson — the former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital — has acknowledged that he is considering a White House campaign.

The author and public speaker has been increasingly mentioned as a possible candidate, following a burst of attention last year for famously arguing a conservative message at the National Prayer Breakfast as President Barack Obama sat just a few feet away.

A close friend and adviser to Carson recently told The Daily Caller that he believes it is likely the neurosurgeon will run as a Republican for president in 2016.

“I think he’s very, very serious,” said Terry Giles, who would serve as chairman of the campaign if Carson pulls the trigger on a run. “If it were on the big board in Vegas, I’d probably be betting in favor of the fact he’s going to run.”

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