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Carson’s Campaign Says He Was Never Offered West Point Scholarship: Politico

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Carson’s Campaign Says He Was Never Offered West Point Scholarship: Politico


By Ginger Gibson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson’s campaign on Friday acknowledged he never applied nor was accepted to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point — a tale he included in his autobiography and that he has repeated since then, POLITICO reported on Friday.

The details of a scholarship were included in Carson’s account of a meeting with General William Westmoreland in 1969 when Carson was a high school student in the ROTC program, which provides preliminary military training for students interested in becoming officers.

“He was introduced to folks from West Point by his ROTC supervisors,” campaign manager Barry Bennett told POLITICO in an email. “They told him they could help him get an appointment based on his grades and performance in ROTC. He considered it but in the end did not seek admission.”

That differs from the text of Carson’s 1990 autobiography, Gifted Hands, in which he wrote that he dined with Westmoreland and that “Later I was offered a full scholarship to West Point.”

Rival Donald Trump, who Carson is neck-and-neck with for the top spot in the Republican presidential primary polls, quickly took to Twitter to attack the retired neurosurgeon.

“WOW, one of many lies by Ben Carson! Big story,” Trump wrote and included a link to the article in which Carson’s campaign acknowledged the fabrication.

The revelation came only hours after Carson attacked the media for what he called a “bunch of lies” as he faced questions on Friday about his accounts of his violent past.

Carson, who is popular with evangelical voters, often speaks on the campaign trail about his flashes of violence during his youth, casting the lessons he learned from that period as evidence he has the strength of character to be president.

In his autobiography, the renowned brain surgeon wrote that as a teen, he tried to stab a friend named Bob in the stomach with a knife but was stopped by the boy’s belt buckle.

On Thursday on the campaign trail, when pressed by reporters about the incident and also in an interview with Fox News, Carson said that Bob’s name, along with some other names in the autobiography, were pseudonyms that he used to protect the privacy of the people he was writing about.

He described Bob in the book as a friend and classmate. In the Fox News interview and on CNN, Carson said the boy was a “close relative.”

(Reporting by Ginger Gibson; Editing by Howard Goller and Bill Rigby)

Photo: Republican U.S. presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaks at the 2016 U.S. Republican presidential candidates debate held by CNBC in Boulder, Colorado, October 28, 2015. REUTERS/Rick Wilking



  1. 1standlastword November 6, 2015

    Here’s Carson being branded with the mark of Cain: ‘Herman Cain’, that is–Failed by his own tendencies to deceive

    And how apropos, the triad of six given Carson’s audience–the Evilangels! They might be disappointed?!

    No…like him, they likely think its the fault of the liberal media

    Ben…Blammmme yourself!!!!

    1. Sand_Cat November 7, 2015

      Didn’t you read PaulyZ? That story has been “debunked.” Pauly provided no details, but I’m sure he was being as truthful and accurate as he always is. By the way, why hasn’t he pointed that out here, under the article that actually gives the story?

      1. joe schmo November 7, 2015

        I guess you don’t know the story behind Politico….LOL Facebook was a HUGE mistake..

        1. The lucky one November 7, 2015

          Reading blog posts on right wing propaganda websites is not “doing some research”.

          1. joe schmo November 7, 2015

            I guess I could say the same for you imbeciles.

        2. 1standlastword November 7, 2015

          What is your ‘honest’ opinion of FOX for its history carrying political news and handling of the facts?

          Is FOX a good source for researching politics/ campaigns?

          1. joe schmo November 7, 2015

            Nope, you have to do that on your own….and I am a conservative!

          2. 1standlastword November 7, 2015

            You do have a perplexed conscience Mr. Schmo….My sympathies

        3. Sand_Cat November 7, 2015

          I can see you’re as good as Pauly.

        4. Sand_Cat November 7, 2015

          It would appear you are correct. Thank you for pointing this out.
          It doesn’t explain his other lies, self-contradictions, or plain incoherence, however.

          1. Cloudherder November 7, 2015

            No, Joe Schmo is not correct, what is wrong with you? Read the article again. Jeez.

          2. Sand_Cat November 8, 2015

            I read the Daily Wire link. Based on the quotes from his Carson’s book and from his Campaign it looks to me like he did not lie about this. Saying a “scholarship” when West Point doesn’t give them seems excessive nit-picking; tuition is free for all, which amounts to a scholarship. He said Westmoreland said he qualified and should apply, and that he was the top ROTC guy in his geographical area. Unless he lied about those two things, I didn’t see anything in the article confirming that he lied.
            Believe me, just about the last thing I wanted to do was to agree with Joe Schmo, but when he’s right so far as I can tell, I’m not going to lie about it myself.

        5. Cloudherder November 7, 2015

          That link actually confirms that Carson lied, while saying he didn’t. Hilarious! West Point does not offer scholarships!! Carson could never have been offered one. It us amazing that Repubs scream about Hillary lying, when she didn’t, but they twist themselves in knots to claim that Ben Carson didn’t, when he so blatantly did. Amazing. I guess if it has an R after it’s name it can do no wrong.

          1. joe schmo November 7, 2015

            He never said that. I guess you didn’t quite get the gist of the article. He stated that he was there. He meat Westmoreland with a lot of other guys and he had the opportunity to get a scholarship but decided against it. Reading comprehension is not your strong suite..

          2. Sand_Cat November 8, 2015

            No one said Hillary is clean as the driven snow, or at least I never did. All I said was that, whatever her imperfections, she looks like a model of honesty and sanity when compared to the GOP candidates, and “debunking” one claim for a Carson lie is pretty weak; what about his “bald-faced lie” – according to that pinko-commie National Review, no less – about his relationship with a supplement company which appears to be selling snake oil? His other statements concerning reality are far from reassuring; he seems extremely out of touch and often nearly incoherent, and a religious fanatic who doesn’t strike me as a “live-and-let-live” type of guy.
            I realize that being an intolerant religious fanatic is a huge plus for the GOP base, but most rational people have trouble with those who claim they’re being persecuted when they basically run things, but someone objects when they try to pass their dogma into law.

  2. joe schmo November 7, 2015

    Conservatives have gotten so wise to Politico. They are losing their readership so they had to do something drastic to get it back. Hmmmm, just like a democrat to lie and divert attention. Shame! We all know they are corrupt. Of course, you lunatics will hold onto any sort of attacks towards the Right. Just to get attention away from the liar in chief and the crook running for the WH. We need some real change in this country, otherwise we are going to go down like Europe….. Isn’t that the intention….?c Divide and conquer…

  3. yabbed November 7, 2015

    So, he’s a liar. We knew that. We also know he’s no more qualified to be President of the United States than was Herman Cain or Pat Buchanan or Pat Robertson or Sarah Palin. He’s not ever going to be President of the United States so he can lie himself silly if that’s what makes him feel good about himself.

  4. FT66 November 7, 2015

    I blogged on a different website some few weeks ago that Carson is neurotic himself as the disease see no borders. I was attacked by some that I am a big troll. Who in their right mind can confirm they wanted to kill their own mother with the hammer, and wanted to stab own relative with a knife? This man Carson is sick in his head and he doesn’t know he is sick.

  5. Raymond Lavine November 7, 2015

    Americans are not knowledgable about appointment to the service academies:

    a. It is not a scholarship it is an appointment. There is no scholarship. You are a member of the military and receive pay and benefits and no tuition education which is over $1 million dollars.

    b. The criteria is physical, academic, and character and an appointment by a member of congress, senator, president, or service preparatory school.

    Before having the conversation, know the facts about what is required to receive an appointment to the service academies.

    1. johninPCFL November 7, 2015

      Odd that Carson claimed it was a full scholarship. Maybe he lied and just has no idea what the truth is?

      1. joe schmo November 7, 2015

        or maybe he just didn’t pursue it nor look into it. He just mentioned it:)

    2. I of John November 9, 2015

      When I first heard the phrase “scholarship to West Point” regarding Carson, I thought, hmmm this doesn’t sound kosher.

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