IRVING, TX — The GOP Primaries may have turned into a no-holds barred free for all, so it’s very easy to forget that there’s even a fifth person running, even as he’s okay with any type of attention.
His “Can somebody please attack me?” moment at this week’s debate undercut how tough it is for the former neurosurgeon to grab any time the spotlight.
On Saturday, Dr. Ben Carson spoke to around 250 supporters in Irving, and doubled-down on his commitment to stay in the race, even with a lot of Republicans wanting him out.
“I’ve got unanswered calls on my phone right now,” Carson told the crowd. “‘Oh, if you could just do this, and do this’ or ‘if you drop out and support this guy then we’ll give you all this money, we’ll make sure you become senator here.’ What a bunch of crap!”
Yeah, Ben may be pulling up the rear nationally with an average of just 7.5% in the polls, but that 7.5% could be a crucial piece if any of the other GOP contenders want to catch Trump.
But, while he bucks the GOP’s wishes to drop out, he’s still trying to play the peacemaker in this race. In his entire 45 minute speech, he didn’t mention or attack any other Republican competitor.
“I don’t think it is a useful thing quite frankly to attack your fellow Republicans.” Carson said after his speech, “I think the issue that we have is going to be the progressives… and that’s where the focus needs to be. Not on giving them ammunition on attacking each other.”
But unless there’s some miracle at the polls come Tuesday it looks like this GOP race is reaffirming the old adage: the nice, quiet guys… finish last.