Kanye West: Ben Carson is 'brilliant'
 
"As soon as I heard [Ben] Carson speak, I tried for three weeks to get on the phone with him. I was like, this is the most brilliant guy," West told Vanity Fair in an interview published Thursday.
 
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"And I think all the people running right now have something that each of the others needs," West continued, adding that "this gladiator battle takes away from the main focus that the world needs help and the world needs all the people in a position of power or influence to come together."
 
The musician also touched on his own presidential aspirations in the interview.
 
Carson is in second place among 15 candidates for the GOP presidential nomination in the most recent RealClearPolitics average of national polls.
 
He is also one of three candidates who have never held elected office, along with real estate mogul Donald Trump, who leads the polls, and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, who comes in third. Others running are current or former governors or senators.