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Ben Carson on the issues: Inside the mind of the retired neurosurgeon surging in polls, rivaling Trump

Ben Carson on the issues: Inside the mind of the retired neurosurgeon surging in polls, rivaling Trump

The red-blooded Republican base of America is fed up with career politicians and ready to hit reset — if poll numbers are any indication.

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has been surging in the early polls for the GOP presidential nomination. His reserved and soft-spoken personality is a far cry from the bombastic rhetoric that’s largely defined the primary race so far.

Like real estate tycoon Donald Trump and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, Carson has never held elected office, but that might actually be a boon rather than a hindrance in appealing to conservatives frustrated with politics as usual.

Without a governance track record for Carson, some voters are unsure of whether he would be able to “play the game” necessary to make changes in Washington. But his commitment to conservatism is indisputable.

Here’s where Carson stands on several key issues:

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