The Braden effect: Carson returns to campaign trail

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Retired neuro surgeon and Republican presidential hopeful, Dr. Ben Carson has prepared to return to the campaign trail, after suspending the campaign to honor his staffer that died in a van accident. The van carrying four members of his staff flipped over on the icy roads in Iowa killing one of his volunteers, 25-year-old Braden Joplin. Carson put his campaign on hold for two days to enable him travel from South Carolina to Omaha to be with Braden’s family. Carson says he and his staff have used the past two days to recover after the tragic van accident that also left three injured.

“I am telling my staff that obviously this is not their fault. Everybody does the best that they can do, but bad things happen in the world,” Carson said. “Let’s always look for the good. Is there anything good that comes out of this? I think recognizing what kind of person Braden was and how he was so dedicated to making other people feel good. Wouldn’t that be a great thing for all of us to start doing? I call (this process) ‘The Braden Effect.’”

Carson ready to bounce back in Iowa

Ben Carson, restarting his campaign today in Glenwood, Iowa, says he will be honoring the memory of Joplin as he travels through the state. “Of course I will be mentioning [Joplin], absolutely,” Carson said according to abc news. “I am sure it will influence what I have to say.” Carson has used the past two days in Omaha to visit with Joplin’s family, comfort his staff, and go to the Children’s Hospital and Medical Center to visit with the kids injured in the other vehicle involved in the crash.

It will be a busy week for the team

Carson remains popular with some supporters, but his campaign has fallen well off its peak of about four months ago when he was viewed as a rising sensation among conservatives. He has a big task of convincing voters of what he has to offer, especially when surrounded by rivals like Trump and Cruz, who are the two leading GOP candidates at the moment. Carson plans to remain in Iowa with daily events until the Iowa caucus on Feb. 1.