Iowa Christian Conservatives Give Warm, Enthusiastic Welcome to Ben Carson

Dr. Ben Carson signed copies of his book after his speech at The Family Leader's fundraising banquet in Des Moines on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. The book, which was co-written with his wife, Candy, is titled, "One Nation: What We Can Do to Save America's Future." (Photo: William Petroski, The Des Moines Register)
Dr. Ben Carson signed copies of his book after his speech at The Family Leader’s fundraising banquet in Des Moines on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. The book, which was co-written with his wife, Candy, is titled, “One Nation: What We Can Do to Save America’s Future.”
(Photo: William Petroski, The Des Moines Register)

Dr. Ben Carson, a prominent retired neurosurgeon widely mentioned as a prospective 2016 presidential candidate, got a warm and enthusiastic reception Saturday night from a key group of Iowa Christian conservatives.

Carson, 63, who grew up poor in Detroit with a mother who was determined he would succeed academically, received a long and sustained standing ovation after his speech to a packed crowd of about 900 people at The Family Leader’s annual fundraising banquet in Des Moines.

Carson pulled no punches in his hour-long remarks, affirming his support for traditional marriage and opposition to abortion while criticizing the Affordable Care Act and President Obama’s plans to allow up to 5 million undocumented immigrants to remain in the country.

“We need to understand that there are such things as American values. We do have firm beliefs and a belief system we should not give away,” said Carson.

He called for a renewal of the principles of the founding fathers and support for the idea that the United States is a Judeo-Christian nation. He also insisted that efforts must be undertaken to improve the nation’s education system, curb the federal deficit and reform the tax system.

“People don’t go into business to support the government. They go into business to make money. A smart government creates an atmosphere that is conducive for the growth and development of that country that creates more money,” Carson said.

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SOURCE: USA Today
William Petroski, The Des Moines Register

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