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Carson Reads the Constitution’s Preamble at GOP Debate

For his closing remarks at the Republican presidential debate Thursday night, Ben Carson recited the first part of the U.S. Constitution.

“I want to thank the people of Iowa for being so welcoming to me,” the retired pediatric neurosurgeon said. “Please think of the founding fathers as you listen.”

Quoting the historic document’s preamble, he continued: “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the benefits of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Carson performed the recitation without using notes. His only error was saying “benefits” instead of “blessings,” according to The Hill. He concluded by telling voters: “Folks, it’s not too late. Enough said.”

The candidate has frequently invoked the phrase “we the people” in his stump speeches. On his Facebook page, he claimed those words inspired him to launch a White House bid.

Carson, who once challenged Donald Trump for the lead in national polls of GOP primary voters, has fallen back into the pack. He has been placing fourth or fifth in most recent surveys.

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