‘Can somebody attack me, please?’ and other memorable Ben Carson quotes

Ben Carson’s presidential campaign appears to be on the abyss of destruction.

Remember that peculiar expression? Carson, the soft-spoken retired neurosurgeon, used it as part of his opening statement at the Republican debate in Houston on Feb. 25. He was talking about the state of the U.S. But he may as well have been discussing his own White House bid.

Carson said Wednesday that he doesn’t see a “political path forward” after Super Tuesday, in which he won a few delegates but no primaries. He’s skipping the Republican debate scheduled for Thursday in Detroit but isn’t formally suspending his campaign.

Carson’s full quote from the Houston debate: “Americans know that our nation is heading off the abyss of destruction, secondary to divisiveness, fiscal irresponsibility and failure to lead.”

Here are four more memorable Carson quotes.

At the same debate, Carson said, “Can somebody attack me, please?” Carson, who was competitive with front runner Donald Trump in polls over the summer, has more recently been overshadowed by Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio — and also by Ohio Gov. John Kasich, as this clip shows:

Then there was Carson’s citation of a dubious Joseph Stalin quote. At a Feb. 13 debate, Carson invoked the Soviet leader: “Joseph Stalin said, ‘If you want to bring America down, you have to undermine three things: our spiritual life, our patriotism and our morality.’ ”

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‘The fruit salad of their life is what I will look at.’

— Ben Carson on prospective Supreme Court nominees

The trouble was, as PolitiFact wrote, it’s not a real quote from Stalin. “We rate Carson’s claim Pants on Fire,” the fact-checking organization said.

Don’t forget “fruit salad.” That is what Carson told debate moderator Hugh Hewitt he would look for in a potential nominee for the Supreme Court. “The fruit salad of their life is what I will look at,” Carson said.

Carson’s genial manner endeared him to fans. So did his oft-repeated refusal to bend to what he calls political correctness. His readiness to speak frankly — some might say offensively — about President Barack Obama is a case in point. In an interview with Politico in February, Carson ventured that Obama was “raised white.”

Citing Obama’s time spent as a youth in Indonesia, Carson said: “For him to, you know, claim that, you know, he identifies with the experience of black Americans, I think, is a bit of a stretch.”

Carson will have more to say about his campaign in a speech on Friday. Here’s his statement.

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