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Benjamin Carson

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Benjamin Carson is a retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon who unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for president in 2016. Raised in a Democratic African-American family in Boston and Detroit, Carson later attended Yale University and received Presidential Medal of Freedom following a distinguished medical career. He has written six bestselling books, including an autobiography. Carson is an openly devout Seventh-day Adventist, often referencing his faith in God during political discussions and advocating for a prominent place for faith in public life. As the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast keynote speaker, Carson garnered attention among conservatives for his statements against political correctness and the Affordable Care Act (ACA); as a candidate, Carson has proposed replacing the ACA with health care savings accounts. Carson supports civil unions rather than same-sex marriage. He opposes abortions but supports a compassionate approach to end-of-life care. Carson also believes the United States ought to maintain its special relationship with Israel.
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