Ben Carson sees skulduggery in stories about his ties to Mannatech, a nutritional supplement company that's faced millions in fines for its misleading sales practices. At last week's debate, Carson insisted it was "total propaganda" to say he had a relationship with Mannatech, a denial that was quickly shown to be false. And now he's trying to play down coverage of Mannatech's record and his own false denial as dirty tricks by another campaign:
"Well they're concerned about me. That obviously comes from somebody else on that debate stage. That's a submarine that's sent by them," Carson said in an interview Tuesday with Stephen Bannon on Sirius XM's "Breitbart News Daily." "They're very concerned about me and they're using the National Review as their political tool. That's pretty obvious."
Campaigns shopping opposition research on rivals to the media is a standard part of campaigning, not some wildly exotic tactic. And Carson's ties to Mannatech, as well as the company's troubled record, aren't exactly hard to find. So, yes, there's a good chance one of Carson's rivals helped propel this story into the spotlight now.
But it was going to come out at some point, and when the media runs with oppo from another campaign, the question is always this: Does it hold up, or fall apart under scrutiny? Carson's connections to Mannatech hold up, and Carson made it worse by lying about his relationship with the company. He'd better get ready for some more advanced and tricksy "submarines" to come his way if he stays on top of the polls.
is he trying to say in his in artful way he was torpedoed???? when you have a history that is definitely yours and you lie about it's validity and you are pursuing the highest seat in the country expect it to come up primarily because it's on video tape stupid!!!!!!! not a good idea to have a president totally devoid of commonsense we've seen what that creates after 7 years of republican absence of it.