Politics & Policy

Ben Carson’s Gentle, Virtuous Rhetoric Elevated the GOP Debate

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The first half of yesterday’s GOP debate was not kind to Ben Carson. Ignored for long stretches, his soft-spoken demeanor sometimes contrasted unfavorably with his more intense and passionate opponents. But then came the second half, when Ben Carson said this:

There’s a word that comes to mind when listening to Carson speak about his medical experience, especially his experience operating on the most vulnerable patients, unborn children — kindness. He comes across as a kind man who loves people, loves this country, and doesn’t take himself too seriously. That combination may not win the White House — it takes much more than personal virtue to prevail in a long, grueling campaign — but he did, for two brief moments, elevate the GOP debate. And that’s a service to us all.

David French is a senior writer for National Review, a senior fellow at the National Review Institute, and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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