Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson is nearly deadlocked with frontrunner Donald Trump ahead of tonight’s Republican primary debate, and some commentators say a solid on-stage showing could launch him to the top spot.
Dr. Carson, a political outsider, has surged in the polls in recent weeks, leaving traditional candidates like Jeb Bush and Scott Walker in the dust.
Tens of millions will be watching to see what the doctor prescribes for America, and we've rounded up seven reasons why Carson will win the night.
1. He is a man of faith
— Ben Cason is a former Sunday school teacher, and frequently cites scripture as a guiding force in his life. In a recent interview with Fox News, he quoted the third and 22nd chapter of Proverbs, saying, "With humility and the fear of the Lord, that is where life and riches come from." Expect to see Carson emphasize his faith during the upcoming debate as a way to differentiate himself from other candidates.
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2. He has leadership experience in medicine and business
— In addition to performing the first successful surgery on twins conjoined at the head, Carson, a Yale graduate, has also sat on the boards of Costco, Kellogg, and Vaccinogen, a biotechnology company, and launched a national non-profit. "Perhaps a lot of people don't know this, but I've actually done things in my life other than medicine. I have decades of experience on corporate boards," Carson said in an interview with Fox News earlier this month.
3. He is a consistent social conservative
— Carson has a long record of opposing abortion and gay marriage, and standing up for religious rights. This summer, following the legalization of same-sex marriage by the Supreme Court, Carson stated, "I call on Congress to make sure deeply held religious views are respected and protected. The government must never force Christians to violate their religious beliefs." Unlike many Republicans, Carson is unafraid of speaking matter-of-factly about his stance on social issues, and will likely use this to his advantage during the debate.
4. He has a gentle bedside manner
— In contrast to his rivals, especially Donald Trump, Carson takes a more measured — some would say thoughtful — approach to leadership. As Teddy Roosevelt would say, he 'Speaks softly, but carries a big stick.' Last week, he wrote an op-ed explaining that "one should never mistake soft-spokenness for weakness." As a pediatric neurosurgeon, Carson explained that "composure and calmness" helped him save a great many lives on the operating table. While the rest of the candidates duke it out on stage during the debate, expect Carson to remain confident and composed.
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5. He connects with white and minority voters
— During his time as head of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins, Carson would frequently volunteer to speak to local school children in predominantly-black Baltimore about his journey to success. As a black man raised by a single mother, he has first-hand experience of what it's like to be a minority in America. Much like Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, Carson has integrated this experience into his political platform, strengthening his mission to lift up all Americans from every walk of life. Other candidates like Donald Trump and Jeb Bush have been criticized for their past comments on race.
6. He advocates for the fair, easy-to-understand flat tax
— Carson has proposed that all Americans pay the same percentage in federal taxes, regardless of their income. Unlike other flat-tax advocates like Mike Huckabee and Rand Paul, he would offer no exemptions, and it's possible he'll use this policy to differentiate himself from the pack during the debate.
7. He's gone head-to-head with Trump, and won
— Last week, Trump called Carson just an "O.K. doctor," a comment that left many scratching their heads, as the world-renowned surgeon has pioneered many never-before-seen surgeries and medical techniques. Instead of punching back after the comment, Carson politely declined to get into a "gladiator fight" with Trump — refusing to run a reactionary campaign. Carson's criticisms of Trump have been more subtle, such as last week's suggestion that Trump is not truly a man of faith. If Carson can continue to defuse Trump, he might be able to siphon away some of his supporters, and claim victory during the debate.
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