Carson regrets not having more control over campaign
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Ben Carson says he regrets not taking more control over his campaign staff in an interview after the GOP presidential contender suspended his bid.

“I regret not choosing my own people early on,” he told WABC’s Election Central with Rita Cosby on Friday in a pre-taped interview released after he ended his bid.

“Letting other people do that and trusting them, that was clearly a mistake.”


Carson announced earlier Friday during a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference that he is leaving the campaign trail.

"I did the math, I looked at the delegate count, looked at the states, looked at the requirements," he said in the speech.  

"I realized it simply wasn't going to happen and if that's the case, I didn't want to interfere with the process."

He told Cosby that the media had treated him unfairly.

“Three weeks ago I did a one-hour town hall in South Carolina on national defense and the major challenges facing us in foreign policy and it was wall-to-wall reporters,” Carson said.  

“And they were flabbergasted by my knowledge of everything, but only one of them wrote a story. And that’s because they’re looking for something bad to say. They never want to report anything good.”

Carson's numbers hit a high in November when he topped Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump knocks BuzzFeed over Cohen report, points to Russia dossier DNC says it was targeted by Russian hackers after fall midterms BuzzFeed stands by Cohen report: Mueller should 'make clear what he's disputing' MORE in some national polls. But his numbers crashed down to Earth after a series of foreign policy missteps on the trail.