Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson topped rival Donald Trump Tuesday as his appearance before a Phoenix, AZ, crowd was more than double the size of the crowd Trump drew in the area last month. Carson’s event, initially scheduled for a venue seating 2,300 people, drew about 12,000 people.
Carson, second in the most recent poll to Trump after being a virtual unknown a few weeks ago, joked with the Phoenix crowd about how earlier in the year, the political class had all but dismissed him.
“We’ve been able to put together a magnificent national organization but I found it amusing a few months ago the Washington Post says ‘Carson’s organization is falling apart, and all his people are quitting,’” he said.
“They said you’ll never be able to raise money, but they forgot about one very important thing: The People… I personally am never going to go out and kiss the boots of billionaires and special interests. As far as I’m concerned, there is only one special interest group and that is the American people.”
Carson said faith overcame his own doubts about his candidacy.
“It wasn’t something that I really wanted to do to be honest with you but I kept getting pushed in that direction—and it was wonderful to be pushed in that direction—and I finally just said ‘Lord, you know I don’t particularly want to do this, but all the pundits say it’s impossible and you can’t put together an organization, you can’t raise money, you’re not connected with all the big money so it’s impossible so you really shouldn’t even be thinking about it.’ However, I just said, ‘Lord, if you want me to do it, you just open the doors. And if you open the doors, I’ll walk right through.’”
On Wednesday, Carson was touring the Mexico-Arizona border. He made his view on immigration clear to the crowd Tuesday night.
“The fact of the matter is we do have an illegal immigration problem in this country,” he said. “We have laws and we need to be able to pay attention to our laws and what I have said consistently is we need to seal our borders—but not just the southern border, the northern border, the Pacific border, the Atlantic border, every border.”
Achieving security takes not just tools, Carson said, but will.
We have the ability to do it, we just don’t have the will to do it. That will change when we have the right administration in place. The reason that is so important—a lot of people think there are just people coming from the south of the border—there are radical global jihadists who want to destroy us and our way of life and we have to keep them out. We have to make it not easy for them to get in here. This is a matter of our own security.
h/t: The Right Scoop
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