Even Donald Trump hesitates to put down a rival who performed the first successful separation of twins joined at the head.
Trump said on “Morning Joe” Friday that he’s waiting for neurosurgeon Ben Carson to go on the attack.
“I’m hoping for Ben to really hit me at some point, because I love to counterpunch,” he said.
Despite Trump’s celebrity, the soft-spoken Carson has been steadily gaining momentum, vaulting to a solid second in national polls and pulling into a tie with the blustering billionaire in early-voting Iowa.
He’s doing it by appealing to the same change-hungry conservatives Trump draws — but packaging his message with an inspirational life story and an aura of being above Trump’s street-fight tactics.
Carson rose from a childhood of dire poverty in Detroit to attend Yale, earn his M.D. at the University of Michigan, and enjoy a long career with John Hopkins Hospital, eventually earning the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his achievements in medicine.
If Trump does lower the boom, Carson’s campaign manager, Barry Bennett, said, he shouldn’t expect the doctor to participate in a shouting match.
“He’s not going to be a screamer or a bomb-thrower or anything like that,” Bennett said. “He’s in it for the good of the country, and for no other reason.”
Bennett said Carson appeals to voters who are fed up.
“America is looking for an outsider. They’ve had all the politicians they can handle,” Bennett said of his candidate, the crowded GOP field’s only African-American contender.
Source: New York Daily News | CELESTE KATZ