Ben Carson

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4 Nov, 2015

Still believes Pyramid theory

Makes Statement

Carson comments on his 1998 Andrews University commencement speech where he said that his personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain.

It’s still my belief, yes…the pyramids were made in a way that they had hermetically sealed compartments….You would need that if you were trying to preserve grain for a long period of time.

His comments then:

Now all the archeologists think that they were made for the pharaohs’ graves. But, you know, it would have to be something awfully big if you stop and think about it. And I don’t think it’d just disappear over the course of time to store that much grain…And various of scientists have said, ‘Well, you know there were alien beings that came down and they have special knowledge and that’s how–‘ you know, it doesn’t require an alien being when God is with you.

1 Nov, 2015

‘Don’t televise GOP debates’

Makes Statement

Carson’s campaign suggests that future Republican presidential debates only be broadcast over the Internet, on Facebook or YouTube. The campaign also says the forums should prioritize lengthy statements from candidates rather than frequent moderator intervention. Spokesman Doug Watts:

We also think there are too many debates. They’re all bunched up and they really do take a lot of time away from the campaign and they take a lot of financial resources for us to be able to work on them.

 

16 Oct, 2015

Agrees to two-hour debate

Makes Statement

After threats by Carson and Trump to pull out of the upcoming CNBC presidential debate, the network agrees to a two-hour format including commercials, and also agrees candidates can have opening and closing statements. GOP campaign source:

People realized we got the short end of the stick when the Democrats had a 2 minute opening and a 90 second closing [during their debate], so they had three and a half minutes to a 15 million person audience of an infomercial. They get a commercial, we get The Hunger Games.

4 Aug, 2015

Chosen for GOP debate

Casting

The candidates for the GOP Presidential debate are announced: Trump, Bush, Walker, Huckabee, Carson, Cruz, Rubio, Paul, Christie and Kasich will appear on stage on Aug 6 in Cleveland, OH. RNC chairman Priebus:

Our field is the biggest and most diverse of any party in history and I am glad to see that every one of those extremely qualified candidates will have the opportunity to participate on Thursday evening. Republicans across the country will be able to choose which candidate has earned their support after hearing them talk through the issues.

6 Jun, 2015

Claims sabotage

Makes Statement

After the resignation of four staffers and articles claiming his campaign is in “turmoil,” Carson issues a statement claiming someone is purposely undermining his campaign.

I thought it was ridiculous, obviously someone is making an attempt to sabotage. I don’t know who this is, but there’s no truth to it whatsoever. I talked to my campaign and they said things are going as well as possible.

5 Jun, 2015

Four senior staffers leave

Makes StatementResignation

Carson loses four senior staff members leaving his campaign disorganized and andcreating problems at all levels. A campaign aide says Carson’s campaign chairman, national finance chairman, deputy campaign manager and general counsel have resigned since Carson formally launched his bid.  They have not been replaced. Carson’s lawyer:

Every campaign goes through growing pains as it puts together a leadership team that has to work together and live together through the trying times of a presidential election.

25 May, 2015

Wants inclusive debate

Makes Statement

Despite his own surge in popularity that makes him a strong candidate for the first Republican debate, Carson asks the RNC to allow all candidates to participate.

I am very worried that out of broadcasting convenience our party is about to exclude voices from our debate programs that are critical to making our party bigger, better, and bolder. The rules may be good for me personally, but they are not good for the process. We are blessed to have so many qualified candidates running for president, more than a typical debate format can handle. Surely we could find a format to allow every voice to be heard.

Memorial Day message

Makes Statement

Carson tweets a Memorial Day message with pictures of American flags with two quotes. The first is from Wallace Bruce:

Who kept the faith and fought the fight;
The glory theirs, the duty ours.

The second is a quote of his own:

Remembering the men and women who gave their lives in service for our country

22 May, 2015

Raises concern on GOP debate

Makes Statement

Carson raises concerns over polling requirement for GOP candidates to participate in Fox News presidential debate. He also asks Republican National Committee for a solution that is inclusive of every voice.

I am writing you today about an issue that concerns me greatly…I am very worried that out of broadcasting convenience our party is about to exclude voices from our debate programs that are critical to making our party bigger, better, and bolder…The rules may be good for me personally, but they are not good for the process. We are blessed to have many qualified candidates running for President. More than a typical debate format can handle. Surely we can find a format that allows every voice to be heard.

12 Apr, 2015

Charges for events

Makes Statement

Carson breaks from tradition by continuing to charge for speaking events while campaigning for President. Business Manager:

If he’s booked through the Washington Speakers Bureau, he’s being paid. While…the doctor continues to give paid speeches, they were all booked far in advance. It’s a contractual situation…No new paid speeches [have] been put on Carson’s schedule since July 2014. Everything, with the exception of two or three [paid engagements], will be cleared off the calendar by May

Paid events contradiction

Makes Statement

While Carson’s Business Manager insists that all paid speaking engagements for Carson during the campaign were contracted for in advance with nothing new added since July 2014, his Communications Director disagrees:

Carson’s business office continued scheduling paid speaking engagements through January 2015. Carson is set to give an unspecified number of paid speeches extending into next fall.

2 Mar, 2015

Launches exploratory panel

Makes Statement

During an interview on Fox News, Carson says he is launching an exploratory panel to determine if there is enough support to make it feasible for him to run for president. He says he has already hired around twelve people to conduct focus groups and polling. The committee will be based in Alexandria, VA.

We are officially launching our exploratory committee. That means we have put in motion the staffing and the mechanism to explore to see whether me running for President in 2016 is a viable thing…We have tremendous popular support. The money will be there if the people want me to do this.

19 Feb, 2014

Beyond Affirmative Action

Writes Article

In an article for Townhall.com, Carson says he believes that affirmative action helped provide him with opportunities he otherwise would miss.

I believe that I benefited from affirmative action. When I applied to Yale University, I thought my chances of being accepted were favorable only because I was somewhat naive about admissions requirements for a high-powered Ivy League institution. In my mind, I was pretty hot stuff. Only after I got to Yale and became cognizant of my classmates’ many accomplishments did I realize that the admissions committee had taken a substantial risk on me and that I had been extended special consideration. My early academic experiences were traumatic, and but for the grace of God, I would have flunked out.

And calls for “compassionate action” to account for difficulties that college applicants have faced in their upbringing:

Such a strategy demonstrates sensitivity and compassion, as well as recognition of substantial achievement in the face of difficult obstacles. The groups who benefit from compassionate action will probably change over time, depending on which ones have the greatest number of obstacles to overcome. The point is, it’s time to be more concerned about the content of character than the color of skin when extending extra consideration.

1 Jul, 2013

Retires from neurosurgery

Retirement

Carson retires from neurosurgery on the 36th anniversary of the start of his career at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Carson describes his last day as:

Many people saying goodbye; securing and giving things to people. One last patient visit and, at the end of day, a speaking engagement, which is now my new life.

1 Mar, 2004

Council on Bioethics appointment

Hired

Dr. Carson is selected to work with the President’s Council on Bioethics. He is one of seventeen physicians, ethicists, lawyers, scientist and theologians tackling a variety of bioethics matters and advising the president on these issues especially when they conflict. Carson:

I thank President Bush for the honor of an invitation to serve on this important council. As discovery and technology move science and medicine rapidly forward, I look forward to participating in meaningful dialogues on the ethics of applying this new knowledge to care for humankind.

9 Jul, 2003

Part of Bijani team

Hospital

Carson is one of the surgeons on the team that attempts the first separation of conjoined twins joined at the skull. Neither twin survives.

 The women certainly understood the risks and were determined to proceed. I felt compelled to get involved to help give them their best chance at survival and separation, and I have no regrets over my decision. No act is a failure if you learn from it.

6 Sep, 1987

First successful separation of craniopagus twins

Hospital

Carson heads team that separates seven-month-old twins joined at the back of the head in a 22-hour operation. This is the first time this type of surgery is successful and Carson is cautiously optimistic.

We did everything humanly possible to bring this off.. Right now, they are in stable but critical condition. The rest of it is up to God. It will be days before doctors will have any sense of whether either boy will recover and live a normal life.

18 Sep, 1951

Benjamin Carson born in Detroit

Birth

Benjamin Solomon Carson is born in Detroit, Michigan, to Sonya and Robert Solomon Carson, a Seventh-day Adventist minister. His parents come from rural Georgia. He is their second son. Carson’s mother raises her two boys on her own, supporting the family with two or more cleaning jobs at a time. Carson attends Durfee Elementary School.

I not only saw and felt the difference my mother made in my life, I am still living out that difference as a man.

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