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Krauthammer’s Take: The Problem with Carson Isn’t Staff, ‘The Problem Is the Candidate’

Dr. Ben Carson’s planned shake-up to his presidential campaign won’t make much of an improvement, because “the problem is the candidate,” Charles Krauthammer argued tonight on Fox News’s Special Report

“Yes, he’s collected a lot of money and gone through a ton of it with little result,” Krauthammer said. “The problem is the candidate. And the problem is that once we had the Paris attack and the attack here in the United States, it became an election dominated by terrorism, essentially by foreign affairs – and that’s not his strong suit, to say the least.”

“And as a result, he has fallen like a stone,” Krauthammer added.

“That’s nothing to do with organization, I don’t see how he recovers,” he continued. ”I don’t see how you’re able to make a forceful stand on that. If you can’t, you’re out of the race.”

“I never thought he had much of a chance at any  point in the race, but when it turned as a result of external events, I think it dealt him out,” he said. ”The only question is he’s got about 10 percent, it looks as if Cruz has gotten a lot of the Carson support in Iowa. But Trump appears to have gotten a lot of it nationally. So where does the other 10 percent go? We’ll see.”

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