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Ben Carson, Ted Cruz Take Aim at GOP Elite Class

By    |   Monday, 19 Jan 2015 02:11 PM

While top-tier presidential hopefuls were addressing attendees at the Republican National Committee's winter meeting in San Diego, neurosurgeon Ben Carson and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz were riling up crowds at the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention with criticisms of the "political class" and the GOP establishment.

"Our founders wanted to make sure there was no such thing as a political class. A select, small group of people out of which we consistently pull our leaders. That hasn’t worked so well for us," said Carson.

Carson also told the audience in Myrtle Beach on Sunday that the party needs "intelligent people" who have "common sense," and that he did not believe his lack of political experience should disqualify him from running.

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"I will confess that I do not have experience in certain things like empowering special interest groups and growing the government and wasting taxpayer money and disarming our military and deserting our allies and lying to the people and submitting to the PC police," he said, according to The Wall Street Journal.

"I am not politically correct, nor do I intend to become politically correct," added the former Fox News commentator.

Part of Carson's appeal, say supporters, is his ability to reach beyond the usual voter without losing his conservative principles.

"You have to broaden the base of the GOP, and stay true to conservative principles at the same time. Only Dr. Carson can do both," Carson's campaign director Vernon Robinson told WISTV.

Also speaking to the Tea Party's fourth convention, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz joined Carson in criticizing the "establishment" class, namely former GOP presidential candidates Arizona Sen. John McCain and Mitt Romney.

"All of [them] are good, honorable, decent men. But if we nominate another candidate in that mold, the same people who stayed home in ’08 and ’12 will stay home in 2016 and the Democrats will win again," said Cruz, according to the Charlotte Observer.

Cruz made the same emotional appeal to the crowd by advocating for the abolishment of the Internal Revenue Service, which he joked should be sent to protect the southern border, reports The State.

Addressing the crowd on Monday will be real estate mogul Donald Trump and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

According to a recent Real Clear Politics aggregate of polls, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush leads the GOP pack with 17 percent of the vote, while Carson comes in behind at 8 percent and Cruz is the favorite of 5.5 percent of voters.

Last month, however, Carson polled third in a CNN/ORC survey of the potential GOP presidential field.

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While top-tier presidential hopefuls were addressing the Republican National Committee's winter meeting in San Diego, neurosurgeon Ben Carson and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz were riling up tea party crowds with criticisms of the "political class" and the GOP establishment.
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