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Sunshine Summit: Ben Carson

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson gives his campaign speech during the Sunshine Summit on Friday in Orlando.

OCTAVIO JONES | Times

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson gives his campaign speech during the Sunshine Summit on Friday in Orlando.

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Ben Carson closed out the first day of the Sunshine Summit is typical low-key fashion.

But he got one of the biggest applause lines with an attack on Barack Obama that suggested the president has tried to “destroy” the country by driving wedges such as the “war on women,” increasing the debt and overseeing a scaled back military.

"Now any semblance to what’s going on now is purely coincidental,” Carson said to a standing ovation.

Other highlights:

American exceptionalism:

“Have you ever noticed there is such a thing as an American Dream? There’s not a Portuguese dream. Or a Swedish dream. There’s only an American Dream and there’s something incredibly special about our nation … and that’s why I’m in no hurry to give anything away for political correctness."

Momma’s boy:

“I was a terrible student. Everybody called me the dummy. But my mother was the only one who believed in me."

Faith:

“You know, the good thing about God is you don’t have to have a PhD to talk to him. You just have to have faith.”

[Last modified: Friday, November 13, 2015 8:00pm]

    

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