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GOP Commentator: 'Voters Looking for a Change' in Ben Carson

By    |   Thursday, 04 Jun 2015 08:26 PM

Retired pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson is doing well in several national polls because "the voters are looking for a change," Republican political commentator Megan Barth told Newsmax TV on Thursday.

"The voters are quite tired of the political class in Washington, who seem to be so concerned about holding on to their own power, where they'll even sacrifice their principles," Barth, founder of ReaganBaby.com, told "Newsmax Prime" host J.D. Hayworth. "We saw this in the last landslide election … and the GOP is still not acting upon that action.

"Voters are really looking for someone outside the Beltway to start making some significant reforms," she added. "Dr. Ben Carson just might be the diagnostician that the country needs to really right the wrongs and reduce the growth of government."

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In the latest Real Clear Politics average of 2016 GOP presidential polls, Carson is tied with Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul for fourth place, with 9.2 percent each.

But David Goodfriend, who served President Bill Clinton as deputy staff secretary, countered that Carson, 63, who announced his candidacy last month, is considered by most Democrats as a very long-shot candidate, similar to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

"I can already hear people's heads exploding," Goodfriend said, referring to the far likelihood of Sanders besting the leading Democratic candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "That's the same reaction you get from Democrats when you actually say Ben Carson could be president.

"It's a long shot precisely, because in a general-election setting, the positions and the history of a lot of these far-right-wing candidates are anathema to the vast majority of Americans," he added.

"But in a primary setting, in a place like the Republican primary in Iowa or New Hampshire — where there's a very, very crowded field and nobody's even close to 51 percent — a small plurality can make a candidate stand out.

"What it will do is simply prolong the bleeding on the Republican side," Goodfriend said.

Still, these candidates can be compared, Barth retorted.

"We've got an old, white socialist who doesn't even run as a Democrat. He runs as an independent," she said. "He can't even claim the Democrat symbol as his party."

Sanders, a longtime independent who entered the fray in late April, is 73 years old.

She noted that Carson and his wife, Candy, founded the Carson Scholars Fund in 1994, adding that he "actually has run one of the largest educational foundations in the country.

"He doesn't have the political clout that maybe Bernie Sanders has as an independent, but he might bring some fresh ideas to a place like the Beltway, which has grown very stale."

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday became the 10th Republican to seek the 2016 nomination. He pledged to boost the U.S. economy and strengthen homeland security.

Both commentators told Hayworth that Perry has a chance to do well in a very crowded GOP field, with Goodfriend saying that he will most likely end up taking positions to the far right of the American electorate.

"He's going to do well in the Republican primary," he said. "But the problem the Republican Party has — that you witnessed in the last two presidential elections — is that the attitudes and demographics of the country are changing, and the Republican Party is not keeping up with them."

Reflecting on Perry's failed 2012 run, however, Barth said that his strength will be his candor about the mistakes he made during that run.

"What he needs to do is come out first and say: 'You know what folks, I wasn't ready physically or mentally the last time I ran for president,'" she told Hayworth. "He had just come off back surgery, he made some mistakes and his mind was cloudy."

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