Ben Carson visits Capital City

TOPEKA (KSNT) – For the first time during this election cycle, the Capital City was visited by a presidential hopeful.

Dr. Ben Carson, a retired pediatric neurosurgeon, visited Topeka Thursday night for a fund raising event.

The event, which was invitation only, was for “community members,” according to his press secretary Deana Bass. But Bass did not name anyone in specific.

During the event, Carson made remarks and then had dinner with a few donors. To get a seat at the table, Carson was asking for a minimum donation of $2,500 for individuals, $5,700 for couples.

Before he spoke with donors, he spoke with the media and took that time to reiterate the mainstays of his campaign platform.

“Well, one of the biggest problems is we don’t have adequate competition. Competition is what drives excellence. And particularly a lot of the public school systems are stuck in a rut,” he said about why he thinks the United States is falling behind in education rankings.

Another pillar of his platform is national fiscal reform, something that Carson sees as a positive trickle down if things can change.

But currently, “the problem is the excessive proliferation of regulations, ” he said. Changing that would mean it, “lowers the cost of goods and services. And if you lower the costs of goods and services, obviously that improves the quality of life.”

Carson will be back in Topeka on October 23rd for a book signing. He did not say if he will host more campaign events in the Capital City.

He also told KSNT that he has not thought about registering for the March Kansas Caucus, unlike another candidate Ohio Governor John Kasich.

Kasich announced Thursday that he would be at the state’s caucus.

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