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Ben Carson Rallies Thousands in Phoenix, Addresses Immigration

Last week, Dr. Ben Carson was greeted by 12,000 at the Phoenix Convention Center downtown. Carson was introduced first by Arizona GOP chairman Robert Graham, and second by a 15-year-old boy, Lyle, who Carson operated on many times to help him get through spina bifida.

Carson opened his almost 45-minute speech by saying “A few years ago I would have never envisioned me being on this stage at a political rally—and it’s not that I didn’t care about politics, I actually started becoming engaged when I was 9 years old when I was getting a haircut and looking at television and I saw these people mowing down people with water hoses and dogs attacking people and I really started getting very interested in what was going on from that point on."

Carson is currently polling second place behind Donald Trump. He said that prayed over his decision to enter politics by stating “Lord, if you want me to do it, you just open the doors. And if you open the doors, I’ll walk right through.” The audience cheered loudly. Part of Carson's appeal is the fact that is a non-politician and one of the world's leading pediatric neurosurgeons. Carson added " We have received hundreds of thousands of donations from ordinary people, $30, $40, $50, $60, $70 donations. I personally am never going to go out and kiss the boots of billionaires and special interests."

Carson went on to say "The government was there for one purpose and one purpose only, and that was to facilitate life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for the people. Now something has gone terribly awry and I think one of the clearest manifestations of it was the so-called “Affordable Care Act,” because along comes the government and says “this is what we’re doing and we don’t care what people think and if you don’t like it too bad."

Carson also highlighted the illegal immigration problem and called for a border fence, a wall and extra security. He stated that Americans should "get to choose" who they want to come into the country.

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