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Ben Carson Tells Donald Trump 'I Have Plenty of Energy'

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Saturday, 24 Oct 2015 09:57 PM

Ben Carson, newly minted frontrunner for the Iowa Republican presidential caucus, is pushing back against criticism from billionaire Donald Trump that he is “super low energy.”

“I don’t get into the mud pit,” Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, said in a partial transcript of an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” made available by the network ahead of Sunday’s broadcast. “I do have a tendency to be relaxed. I wasn’t always like that. There was a time when I was, you know, very volatile.”

Carson, 64, said that as a teenager he would go after people “with rocks, and bricks, and baseball bats, and hammers.” At age 14, growing up poor in Detroit, he tried to stab a classmate with a camping knife . “Fortunately, you know, my life has been changed. And I’m a very different person now,” said Carson.

Trump, 69, a real estate mogul and reality TV star, has spent several months leading a large pack of Republican hopefuls in opinion polls. Two recent surveys, the Quinnipiac Poll and the Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll, showed Trump falling behind Carson in Iowa, where the first ballots of the 2016 presidential race will be cast on Feb. 1.

Trump said at a rally in Miami on Friday that he thought the polls were wrong, and took a shot at the candidate who has supplanted him. “We informed Ben,” Trump told the crowd, “but he was sleeping.”

Carson agreed with a suggestion that people mistake his soft-spoken manner for a lack of energy. “I have plenty of energy,” he said. “I will tell you, in terms of energy, I’m not sure that there’s anybody else running who’s spent 18 or 20 hours intently operating on somebody.”

One of Carson’s signature achievements as director of pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital was to successfully separate twins conjoined at the head.


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Ben Carson, newly minted frontrunner for the Iowa Republican presidential caucus, is pushing back against criticism from billionaire Donald Trump that he is "super low energy.""I don't get into the mud pit," Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, said in a partial transcript of an...
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