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Carson Talks International Politics, Religion During Fort Wayne Rally

Lisa Ryan, WBOI News

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson has recently been criticized for his lack of foreign policy experience. Carson visited Fort Wayne Thursday for a rally, and he spent roughly a quarter of his time talking about international politics.

Carson told the standing-room-only crowd at the Expo Center in Memorial Coliseum that a president can consult experts on topics he is unfamiliar with, like international relations.

“A president doesn’t have to know everything about everything, just like a CEO doesn’t,” he said.

During the course of Carson’s 40-minute speech, he brought up international news like ISIS, Syrian refugees, Iran and Ukraine. Carson says he wants the government to monitor social media and use cyber warfare to defeat ISIS. He also wants to establish better contact with Muslim leaders and enlist their help to fight radical Islam.

John Aukerman is a minister in Anderson. He says he liked what Carson said about foreign policy.

“He’s been criticized because people think just because he hasn’t been in politics he doesn’t know foreign policy,” Aukerman said. “But he’s traveled the world and met with foreign leaders, and he’s smart.”

Aukerman also likes Carson’s religious background. The neurosurgeon received a standing ovation for this comment:

“We also, as a nation, must not submit to the secular progressives who are trying to remove God from our society,” Carson said.

A spokesman for Carson’s campaign says the presidential candidate will “definitely” be back to the Hoosier state to campaign.

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