Ben Carson's Comments Could Come Back To Haunt Him

A series of controversial remarks by Ben Carson is raising new questions about whether he's ready to take the Oval Office.  

Carson this week suggested the Holocaust would have been less likely if Jewish people had been armed, and appeared to criticize the victims of an Oregon shooting for not fighting back.

It's not the first time that Carson has earned headlines with eyebrow-raising remarks — and there's little evidence it is hurting him any more than they have in the past. But party strategists warn the damage may not be felt until later.  

“It’s not so damaging for him in the short term because the polls keep going up, but should we get down to a final two or three and he is one of them, this is going to be an issue that people start to mull,” said GOP strategist Ford O’Connell, who worked on Sen. John McCain’s (Ariz.) 2008 campaign.  

“And should he win the nomination, the Dems are going to play this stuff over and over on a loop.” 

The retired neurosurgeon drew the ire of Democrats, liberal advocacy and Jewish groups over a series of statements this week. 

Read more from Ben Kamisar at The Hill

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