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Ben Carson: Time for Trump to Focus on Issues

(MSNBC/"Morning Joe")

By    |   Thursday, 04 Aug 2016 11:24 AM

Ben Carson, who has been working closely with Donald Trump's campaign after dropping his own presidential bid, said Thursday he hopes the GOP nominee will start concentrating more on talking about the issues facing the nation and less on matters that distract from his message.

"It would be a very good thing to just pivot always to the issues," Carson told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "I would love him to carry around a little card in his pocket, and every time he is asked about something that wants to drag him off into the hinterland, he pulls that up and says, 'No mud. Let's talk about the issues.'"

Trump's strength is on the economy, Carson continued, as it will be difficult for Hillary Clinton to make the economy look good . . . He should get some Ross Perot-type charts and show that you can make that number anything you want, depending on who you include and exclude, and that the labor force participation rate is the real number. "

Carson admitted that it was frustrating that in a week where a 1.2 percent Gross Domestic Product number came out, Trump was still arguing over comments to Gold Star family Khizr and Ghazala Khan.

"The fiscal issues that face us, the terrorism issues that face us, the deteriorating school system, all of these things, they affect all Americans," said Carson. "We have to stop making this into such a big political issue. Talk about the facts and talk about why one believes what they believe."

Carson also insisted, in response to a question from show co-host Mika Brzezinski, that Trump is listening to his advisers, and believe he'll start focusing more on the issues than "allowing himself to be dragged off into the bushes."

The retired neurosurgeon also responded to concerns from Bloomberg Politics co-managing editor Mike Barnicle about Trump's ability to "speak to loss," such as about the Khans and the loss of their Army captain son.

"I don't accept that it's difficult for him to speak to loss," Carson said, while both Barnicle and Brzezeksi asked him when.

"I'm hopeful that he will begin to put out many of the stories that I am very familiar with, of things that he has done to help people who have been in very, very difficult situations," said Carson.

Brezezinki, who often criticizes Trump, said that she does know him personally, and knows of many "amazing really kind acts" that the candidate has done, but as a candidate, Trump is "not the person I know."

Carson though, said Trump has talked about "enormous loss that we've had in this country by allowing radical Islamic extremists to run rampant without having a coherent plan for how to destroy them, not just to contain them, but to destroy them. And the implications of that for all families who are losing service members is significant. "

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