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Ben Carson Defends Biography During GOP Debate, Says Clinton Should be Questioned

Carson Defends His Past at Debate 0:47

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said Tuesday he has “no problem being vetted” about the questions surrounding his life story but that it is Hillary Clinton who should be viewed as dishonest for her response to the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya.

Carson asserted during the fourth GOP presidential debate that Clinton, who was secretary of state at the time, purposefully misstated the cause of the attack that killed four Americans.

“Where I come from they call that a lie,” Carson said.

“I think that’s very different from, you know, somebody misinterpreting what I said, that I was offered a scholarship to West Point, but that’s the words that they used,” he added.

The comment came in response to ongoing questions about the accuracy of Carson’s autobiography. A number of stories that Carson has written about and talked about on the trail have come under renewed scrutiny because of their difficulty to verify and changing details — including one about a “scholarship” offer to West Point Military Academy.

“People who know me know that I’m an honest person,” Carson said.