Ben Carson suspends campaign

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Ben Carson, the GOP presidential hopeful has suspended his presidential campaign after learning that a van carrying four members of his staff flipped over on the icy roads in Iowa and killed one of his staffers. Carson put his campaign on hold because of the death of Braden Joplin. The 25-year-old was rushed to the Univesity of Nebraska Medical Center and subsequently died at the hospital. Carson has decided to suspend his campaign for two days in order to enable him travel from South Carolina to Omaha to be with Braden’s family.

Carson speaks on Flint crisis, blames Democrats

Ben Carson on Tuesday became the first GOP presidential candidate to make a comment on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, blaming local leadership and federal authorities for failing to address the high levels of lead that have left the city’s tap water largely unusable. “Unfortunately, the leaders of Flint have failed to place the well-being of their residents as a top priority,” said Carson, a Michigan native. Carson didn’t mention the Snyder administration or other state leaders, and claimed the current situation in Flint is proof of the broader ineffectiveness of government regulations. “This is yet another sad demonstration that, even in the face of a clear public health crisis, our regulations aren’t effective in protecting our citizens….The residents of Flint have sadly borne the burden of this government failure, and will continue to do so for years to come. They deserve better from both their local and federal officials.”

Carson dismisses Oscar boycott, says it’s relevant to few

Ben Carson has also become the first presidential candidate to weigh in on the Academy Awards controversy, saying a bid to boycott the ceremony next month over the lack of black nominees is overblown. Carson, the only black aspirant for the White House, according to Hollywood reporter said: “I’ve said often that diversity is one of America’s greatest strengths.”