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Ben Carson: Drones Should Be Used on Mexican Drug Caves, Not People

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Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson speaks during the Iowa State Fair on August 16, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. Presidential candidates are addressing attendees at the Iowa State Fair on the Des Moines Register Presidential Soapbox stage and touring the fairgrounds. The State Fair runs through August 23. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Ben Carson defended comments he made about the use of military drone strikes along the U.S.-Mexico border, saying they could be used to destroy empty caves used by drug smugglers and those bringing in illegal immigrants.

Carson made his comments in a testy exchange with CNN's Jim Acosta on the network's Sunday political show "State of the Nation."

Acosta said he was trying to get the Republican presidential candidate to clarify comments he made earlier about the possible use of armed drones. Last Wednesday, Phoenix's KTVK reported on Twitter Carson's comments during a campaign trip there.





In responding to the report, Carson said that he believed he was clear in talking about using a drone strike just on caves and not on people.

"There are caves that they utilize," Carson explained. "Those caves can be eliminated. There are a number of possibilities -- that could be one of them. … I'm not talking about killing people. No people with drones."

Carson accused the news media for ignoring issues happening along the U.S.-Mexican border while taking his own words out of context, reported Real Clear Politics.

"At some point I hope we have some responsible media which actually focuses on the problem: We have a huge security risk there," Carson said. "And talking to some of the sheriffs down there on the border... listen to the frustration. You should have them on your show and let them talk. About what is actually going on down there."

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Ben Carson defended comments he made about the use of military drone strikes along the U.S.-Mexico border, saying they could be used to destroy empty caves used by drug smugglers and those bringing in illegal immigrants.
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