Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said Tuesday that "I'm not going to do things like traditional politicians do" and that is key to putting him in the White House in 2016.
"That in and of itself will separate me from the panel," the retired pediatric neurosurgeon told reporters in San Francisco. "I don't spend a lot of time thinking about separating myself from the pack."
"I think about logical, pragmatic ways to actually deal with the problems," Carson said.
The retired neurosurgeon has been gaining in the polls, rising second to only frontrunner Donald Trump in the
latest Monmouth University poll.
Carson said that the collective experience of all the current members of Congress totaled about 9,000 years — and "what has it done for us?"
"I would much rather deal with somebody who thinks logically, who has the ability to acquire a lot of information, to use experts," Carson added. "There's nobody who knows everything."
"And I think the people who do the best are the ones who know how to utilize experts around them."
But he said that he is ready to battle the Islamic State and address other foreign and domestic issues.
"We look at something like the global jihadist movement and their goals — and the sooner we eradicate them, the less damage they can do."
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