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Portions of Carson's HUD Testimony Apparently Plagiarized

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By    |   Thursday, 12 Jan 2017 03:29 PM

Prepared testimony that Ben Carson was expected to give Thursday at his confirmation hearing for secretary for the Department of Housing and Urban Development contained two paragraphs that appeared to be plagiarized from a 2008 foundation report on how housing conditions affect health, according to news reports.

However, Carson, the retired pediatric neurosurgeon that President-elect Donald Trump nominated last month, skipped the prepared remarks entirely in his appearance before the Senate Banking Committee, The Washington Post reports.

Here are the paragraphs from Carson's remarks, as provided to reporters at the hearing:

"Deteriorating paint in older homes is the primary source of lead exposure for children, who ingest paint chips and inhale lead-contaminated dust. Between 1998 and 2000, a quarter of the nation's housing — 24 million homes — was estimated to have significant lead-based paint hazards.

"Substandard housing conditions such as water leaks, poor ventilation, dirty carpets and pest infestation can lead to an increase in mold, mites and other allergens associated with poor health. Indoor allergens and damp housing conditions play an important role in the development and exacerbation of respiratory conditions including asthma, which currently affects over 20 million Americans and is the most common chronic disease among children. Approximately 40 percent of diagnosed asthma among children is believed to be attributable to residential exposures. In 2004, the cost of preventable hospitalizations for asthma was $1.4 billion, a 30 percent increase from 2000."

However, the Post reports that the paragraphs appear to be from a report entitled "Where We Live Matters for Our Health," published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

But Carson read none of the prepared remarks at the hearing, instead speaking on issues ranging from "how the brain worked to how his experience made him ready to manage large organizations," the Post reports.

A Trump spokeswoman said that the copied text was done in error.

"It was a written statement for the record — his oral testimony, as I am sure you've heard, is extemporaneous and planned that way," she told the Post. "The original written statement was sourced with hyperlinks and footnotes, but unfortunately that seems to have fallen off."

The prepared text had "no indication that the two paragraphs had come from another source," the Post reports.

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