Nov 20, 2015 10:31 PM

Steinhauser: Carson tells NH1 News 'logistics' behind infrequent NH visits

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CONCORD – Dr. Ben Carson Friday became the last major presidential candidate to file for the first-in-the-nation primary.

The famed neurosurgeon, who’s currently in second place in an average of the most recent national polls in the race for the GOP nomination, also said that “logistics” is the reason he hasn’t campaigned frequently in the Granite State. Carson also explained his “rabid dog” comment from Thursday, and called for a federal database on every immigrant who enters the country.

Carson’s trip to Secretary of State Bill Gardner’s office at the State House was his last stop in a less than 24 hour trip to New Hampshire. And it was just his second visit since Labor Day.

Asked by NH1 News if he’s spending more time in Iowa, the first caucus state, and South Carolina, which holds the first southern contest, because of their more socially conservative GOP electorates, Carson said “the two states that you mentioned are a little more conservative than New Hampshire but that would not be the reason that I would go to one state more than another. It would be logistics.”

Carson departed New Hampshire immediately after his State House visit. His next stop: Iowa.

Carson was repeatedly questioned by reporters over whether special surveillance or “databases” were need to keep track suspected Muslim extremists.

"I think we should have a database on everybody who comes into this country," Carson said.

Asked about rival Donald Trump’s suggestion on tracking Muslims already in the U.S., Carson said that "hopefully, we already have a database on every citizen who is already here. If we don't, we are doing a very poor job."

“I don't think it's a good idea to treat anybody differently," Carson added. "One of the hallmarks of America is that we treat everybody the same. So if we're just going to pick out a particular group of people based on their religion, based on their race, based on some other type of thing, that's setting a dangerous precedent.”

Carson explains 'rabid dog' comment

Carson’s visit to the Granite State came one day after talking about safeguarding the U.S. from possible terrorists sneaking into the country disguised as Syrian refugees, he said “we must balance safety against just being a humanitarian. For instance, if there is a rabid dog running around the neighborhood, you're probably not going to assume something good about that dog, and you're going to put your children out of the way. That doesn't mean that you hate all dogs, by any stretch of the imagination, but you're putting your intellect into motion. And you are thinking how to I protect my children. At the same time, I love dogs, and I'm going to call the humane society and they can come take this dog away and create a safe environment once again.”

Those comments created a lot of buzz, with many saying Carson was comparing possible terrorists to ‘rabid dogs.’

Asked by NH1 News on Friday about those comments, Carson said “I think there are a lot of people in the country who sit around and completely miss the big picture on anything. They just focus on little words and things and they can never hear what you’re saying. It’s one of the dangers that we face in our country and we’ve got to get people to think much more broadly.”

“The point being there are people who are radical jihadists and they want to destroy us. and we don’t want to expose our people to those. Even though we may love all the other people from Syria, if they incorporate some of these radical jihadist who want to destroy us, we have to first use our brain and like I said bring the kid and make sure they don’t get attacked and one you have that situation under control, bring your kid back out there,” he added.


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