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‘A sweet soul’: Mitt Romney’s reflexive cough tells you everything you need to know about Ben Carson

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Mitt Romney’s answer to a question about Ben Carson’s presidential campaign suggested over the weekend that the former GOP nominee does not have a lot of confidence in the current candidate’s chances.

“I think there are some very positive attributes that are associated with a number of people that are running for president,” Romney told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday. “Marco [Rubio] has very compelling attributes, but look at Chris Christie. This is a guy that’s taken on some really tough situations in New Jersey. He’s a great debater, he speaks his mind clearly and forcefully.”

“Jeb Bush as well has an extraordinary record as the governor of Florida, an education governor, a guy who’s made a difference there,” he continued. “He could be a very strong nominee. John Kasich has done a terrific job in the state of Ohio, rebuilt the economy. You’ve got four right there that are amazing individuals. And of course, Carly Fiorina has risen dramatically. So, we got some good folks.”

Tapper pointed out that Romney had omitted Ben Carson, which prompted the guest to begin coughing.

After a short pause to clear his throat, Romney said that he did not know much about Carson.

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“He’s obviously a very gentle and sweet soul who speaks his mind,” Romney opined. “And I think people are very drawn to somebody who is so willing to express his views, as he is.”

It’s not the first time that Romney has left Carson out of his list of qualified Republican candidates.

Speaking at the Washington Ideas Forum last month, Romney named Bush, Christie, Fiorina and Rubio as candidates who could win the presidency. He even included South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham in the list, and specifically mentioned Donald Trump as someone who could not win. Carson, however, was excluded from Romney’s list of winners.

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Watch the video below from CNN’s State of the Union, broadcast Oct. 10, 2015.


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Russian Twitter propaganda predicted 2016 US election polls

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When Robert Mueller completed his long-awaited investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, he left many questions unanswered.

But one conclusion was unequivocal: Russia unleashed an extensive campaign of fake news and disinformation on social media with the aim of distorting U.S. public opinion, sowing discord and swinging the election in favor of the Republican candidate Donald Trump.

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Beto O’Rourke calls for a ‘war tax’ in release of health care plan for veterans

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The Democratic presidential candidate uses his eighth policy announcement to focus on an area that he prioritized in Congress.

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Monday morning released a plan to improve the lives of veterans, returning to an area of priority during his time in the U.S. House for his latest 2020 policy rollout.

In keeping with measures he supported in Congress, the plan calls for a "responsible end" to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — reinvesting $1 out of every $2 saved in veterans programs — and the creation of a Veterans Health Care Trust Fund for each future war. The fund would be paid for by a "war tax" on households without service members or veterans.

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Conservative Ben Shapiro tweeted something many found offensive — so now he’s calling his critics ‘garbage’

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Right wing "thought leader" Ben Shapiro appeared today to say not using the "N" word is nearly impossible as he defended conservative, pro-gun teen Kyle Kashuv, one of the Parkland survivors who just had his acceptance to Harvard rescinded over his racist remarks, which included repeated use of the "N" word.

To be clear, Shapiro denies that's what he meant.

Here is Shapiro on Twitter, in what many took as him appearing to call not using the "N" word – in Kashuv's case, repeatedly, over and over and over again, "an insane, cruel standard no one can possibly meet."

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