Wednesday at the CNBC Republican presidential debate, when moderator Carl Quintanilla questioned Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson over a company for which he gave paid speeches, the audience disapproved by loudly booing the anchor.
Quintanilla asked, “This is a company that is a maker of nutritional supplements, with which you had a ten-year relationship. they offered claims they could cure autism, cancer, and paid millions to settle a lawsuit in Texas. Yet your involvement continued. Why?”
Carson said, “Well, that is easy to answer, I didn’t have an involvement with them. That is total propaganda. this is what happens in our society. Total propaganda. I did a couple of speeches for them and other people. They were paid speeches. It is absolutely absurd to say I had any kind of relationship with them. Do I take the product? Yes, I think it’s a good product.”
Quintanilla pressed, “To be fair you were on the home page of their website with the logo over your shoulder?”
Carson said, “If somebody put me on their home page they did it without my permission.”
When Quintanilla asked, “Does that not speak to your vetting process or process in any way?,” the audience loudly booed and jeered the anchor.
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