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Filing for Primary in N.H., Carson Reacts to Trump's Muslim Database Remarks

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    Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson is the last major Republican candidate to file his paperwork for the New Hampshire primary. (Published Friday, Nov. 20, 2015)

    Ben Carson, responding to remarks Donald Trump made Thursday, endorsing a database system tracking Muslims in the U.S., was asked if there should be more monitoring of Muslim organizations and mosques.

    "I think we should have a database on everybody," Carson said. "If, in fact, there are mosques where there's a lot of activity going on, that's radicalizing people, then they must be treated differently."

    The candidate gave his stance in New Hampshire, where he filed for the first-in-the-nation primary on the Friday deadline.

    Carson added that monitoring should go on at any organization, including a Christian church, if there was any activity that was suspect.

    "Listen to what I am actually saying and stop listening to the narrative of those who want to try to create doubt in peoples minds," he said.

    With the increased focus on national security in the wake of the Paris terror attacks, there is more scrutiny on Carson's knowledge of foreign-policy - The New York Times reported that one of his own advisers said Carson was struggling to grasp foreign-policy.

    Carson said Duane Clarridge had sat in on two meetings, but was not part of his advisory team.

    "I have no idea what he's talking about," Carson said. "My experience with many in the media is that they do tend to take things out of context for a story that they want to write - usually, they've already written the story."

    "No one man can know everything and be good at everything, but he will surround himself with good people," said Alex Mears, a Carson supporter from New Hampshire.

    Carson hasn't spent much time campaigning in New Hampshire, and while his poll numbers have slipped in the Granite State, he is now tied for second with Marco Rubio behind front runner Donald Trump.

    His base of support is still strong, as evidenced by the hundreds who greeted him as he filed his primary paperwork at the State House.

    Carson said it was nice to be part of this history.

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