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Jul 7, 2015 10:28 PM

Carson tells NH1 News 'All I have to do is tell the truth'


CONCORD – Ben Carson says he has a big advantage over most of his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination because “I don’t have to be a politician.”

In a one-on-one interview with NH1 News, the famed neurosurgeon and first-time politician said ”I don’t have to stick my finger in the air and see which way the wind is blowing, all I have to do is tell the truth.”

Carson stopped by NH1’s studio during a three day swing through the first in the nation primary state.

WATCH: Steinhauser reports on Carson's NH swing

Asked if he’s OK with only serving one term in the White House if elected president, Carson said yes “because it’s not the culmination of my aspirations to be president of the United States. My aspiration is to save our country. And to get it turned around and moving in the right direction again. And if that means you have to do some things that aren’t the most popular things, so be it. They have to be done. It’s sort of like surgery, no one wants to have surgery done, but they are very grateful after it’s done because it saved their life.”

When the conversation turned to Donald Trump and his controversial comments that many Mexican immigrants are killers, rapists, and drug dealers, Carson seemed to shrug off the episode, jokingly saying that “it’s Donald Trump. He wouldn’t be himself if he didn’t do that.”

“The real question I guess we should be asking is, is there a problem with illegal immigration? And the answer is yes. There’s a huge problem with illegal immigration. That’s really where we should be focusing our attention,” Carson added.

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