- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Retired neurosurgeon and 2016 GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson said Wednesday the fundraising dollars have been flowing in, as a super PAC supporting his candidacy reported a surge in donations since his remarks Sunday about whether he would support a Muslim for president.

“I mean, the money’s been coming in so fast, it’s hard to even keep up with,” Mr. Carson said on “Fox and Friends.” “I remember the day of the last debate, within 24 hours we had raised a million dollars, and it’s coming in at least at that rate, if not quite a bit faster.”

The show also played clips of people criticizing Mr. Carson for his remarks.

“My reaction to anyone is that I never said that a person could not run for office. I just said I wouldn’t support them,” he said. “Do I not have a right to support what I want to support?”

On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Mr. Carson, a Seventh-day Adventist, had said he would not advocate that a Muslim serve as president, but he has also said he would be willing to support anyone as long as they put America and the U.S. Constitution ahead of their religious beliefs.

“I want to support what made this nation great and what made us unique,” he said. “I want to support the things that gave me an opportunity to come from nowhere to rise to a very high position in our society. I want that for the people who are coming after us,” he said. “You know, I have been a pediatric neurosurgeon. I care about what happens in terms of the quality of life for the next generation. I will continue to fight for that and if it costs me politically, it does.”

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