Carson rips Fox debate moderators over speaking time
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Ben Carson on Friday balsted the moderators of Thursday night's Fox News debate in Iowa, saying they intentionally passed him over for questioning because he refuses to attack his rivals.

“You’re not going to go to the person who's not going to fling mud,” Carson told The Hill in a phone interview late Friday. “This is entertainment. Our country has become sort of more like ancient Rome with the coliseum. Everyone wants to go to the coliseum and they want to see the blood and the gore even though society is deteriorating around them.”

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According to an analysis by NPR, Carson got the least amount of speaking time of any of the seven candidates on stage – six minutes and 11 seconds – .

Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzState Department's top arms control official leaving Sanders NASA plan is definitely Earth first Trump judicial picks face rare GOP opposition MORE (R-Texas) and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioThe Memo: 'Whistleblower' furor gains steam Liberal super PAC launches browser extension replacing 'Mitch McConnell' with 'Moscow Mitch' Trump faces difficult balancing act with reelection campaign MORE (R-Fla.) each got double the speaking time of Carson, clocking in at more than 13 minutes each. Cruz and Rubio are running second and third in most polls of Iowa, behind front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAlaska Republican Party cancels 2020 primary Ukrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' MORE, who skipped the debate. 

Carson is in fourth place in Iowa, according to the RealClearPolitics average. But even those who trail Carson – former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Sen Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulOn The Money: House votes to avert shutdown, fund government through November | Judge blocks California law requiring Trump tax returns | Senate panel approves three spending bills Paul objection snags confirmation of former McConnell staffer Defense bill talks set to start amid wall fight MORE – notched more talking time than he did at the debate.

“It would be nice if the moderators tried to be a little more equitable,” Carson said. “I understand they want to stoke controversy and they know that I probably won’t get into a big fight with someone, so they’d rather go some place they can stir up a fight.” 

“But at some point maybe it’d be good for them to recognize that the debate is for the purpose of disseminating information to the voters, and really talking about the real issues and finding out from all the candidates what their positions are on certain issues,” he continued. “That would make a lot more sense.