Carson: GOP debate ‘reminds me of ancient Rome’
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Republican presidential hopeful Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonCarson's affordable housing idea drawing undue flak Overnight Energy: Trump EPA looks to change air pollution permit process | GOP senators propose easing Obama water rule | Green group sues EPA over lead dust rules Green group sues EPA over lead dust rules it says are too lax MORE is comparing Thursday evening’s GOP primary debate to the bread and circuses distracting the Roman people from their empire’s decline.

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“But it reminds me a little bit of ancient Rome, where everybody wanted to go to the Colosseum and see the blood and gore while their society was crumbling around them,” he said Friday on CNN’s “New Day.”

“I’m hoping that in America we the people can see through all of that and begin understand that unless we address these very serious issues, we’re going to go the same was as other nations before us,” the former neurosurgeon added.

“We have an opportunity to learn from their mistakes and make corrective adjustments now.”

While he may not have been the most vocal candidate on the debate stage, Carson said his words carried the most substance.

“Well, you know, I probably spoke the least but had the most to say, if you actually listen to what I had to say,” he said, adding that his unwillingness to engage in petty controversies may have taken away from his entertainment value.