Ben Carson's Closing Statement In Republican Debate Was Basically One Big Joke — Literally

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson participates in the Republican presidential primary debate on August 6, 2015 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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While other candidates' closing statements cited God and their families, Ben Carson's closing statement in the Republican debate went the fun route with one extended long joke. "I haven't said anything about me being the only one to do anything, so let's try that..." Carson said, poking fun at his fellow candidates who struggled to fit their accomplishments into their closing statements. But with the exception of Trump, Carson was the only non-politician on the stage during Thursday's Republican primary debate, so he couldn't point to a long political resume. Instead he decided to cite his medical one.

"I'm the only one to separate Siamese twins," Carson continued — which is surprising, since the neurosurgeon probably should know that the proper term is conjoined twins. "The only one to operate on babies while they were still in the mother's womb, and the only one to take out half of a brain. Though, you'd think that if you've gone to Washington, someone had beaten me to it," Carson said. 

But after receiving a wide range of laughs, Carson grew serious. "But I'm very hopeful that I'm not the only one who's willing to pick up the baton of freedom," Carson said. "Because freedom is not free, and we must fight for it every day. Everyone of us must fight for it because we're fighting for our children and for the next generation."

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Carson's closing statement received warm response after the debate, especially from Fox News moderators. Brit Hume in particular was a fan of the closing statement, ranking it as a "nine." Unfortunately for Carson though, the majority of online Twitter users' response to him throughout the debate focused on his silence and lack of questions. But at least he managed to go out on top.

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