Ben Carson knows the nerves that come when he is facing a dangerous, high-stakes operation. He also knows the difference between that and Thursday night’s Republican presidential debate.
“It’s not brain surgery,” the famed neurosurgeon told Bill O’Reilly Wednesday night, adding later in an interview with the Daily Caller that “Brain surgery is much more difficult.”
Carson said he will not rely on a cheat sheet or notes, and said he does not need to confine himself to scripted talking points.
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“I only need to talk about what’s true. I don’t have to try to remember talking points or the multiple things that people have told me,” Carson said. “I just need to talk about what’s true. And I think people will see that.”
He explained to O’Reilly that he will be a little more animated and engaging in an attempt to end criticism that his expertise does not extend beyond medicine. However, he added that he plans to avoid inflammatory language or tactics.
“A lot of times when people don’t have a lot to say, they increase the volume,” he said.
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Carson said his plan to stand out includes just “being myself and not being a politician and not screaming and yelling and trying to get attention. I think people actually notice sometimes the content of what one is saying rather than the decibel level at which he says it.”
In a pre-debate interview, Carson said that his success as a black candidate shows “the Republican Party has a tendency to look more at the message than the messenger, and that is a very good thing.”
h/t: Fox News
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