Ben Carson says “the concept that a nice person who is soft spoken can’t be tough” is “a bunch of crap.”
Appearing on MSNBC’s caucus special “The Place for Politics 2016” during the 10 a.m. EST hour on Monday, Carson argued, “I would be very happy to compare my accomplishments against anyone else running.”
NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, co-anchor of the “Today” show, asked Carson, “I know you’re still in the fight. But there’s no question that you’ve have seen the poll numbers drop off from that high when you were the undoubted front-runner. To what do you attribute that? Was it attacks from Donald Trump? Was it a question about foreign policy knowledge?”
“It was a combination of things. You know, I will put my foreign policy against anybody,” Carson claimed. “And people can go to our website, BenCarson.com. I have more policy out than anybody else. It’s not a problem. But what happened was an unprecedented concentration of attacks on my character because they couldn’t find any scandals. All of which have been debunked. Anybody can go back and see that.”
Carson was referring to a Politico story — which was later debunked — that falsely claimed Carson fabricated an important aspect about a West Point scholarship. (RELATED: Team Carson: ‘Politico Story Is An Outright Lie’)
“And the terrorist attacks, both in this country and abroad. And the concept that a nice person who is soft spoken can’t be tough. You know, what a bunch of crap. What you should do is go back and look at a person’s life. What have they accomplished? And I would be very happy to compare my accomplishments against anyone else running,” Carson argued.