Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson, the only major black candidate in the 2016 White House race, said Wednesday that it's time to stop implying that some lives matter more than others, and to agree that "all lives matter."

Carson was reacting to a question asked of Democrats in Tuesday night's debate about whether "black lives matter" or "all lives matter," and called the exchange a typical example of political correctness.

"Of course all lives matter, and all lives includes black lives," Carson said Wednesday night on the "The Kelly File" on Fox News. "And we have to stop submitting to those who want to divide us into all these special interest groups and start thinking about what works for everybody."

In Tuesday's Democratic debate, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley both said "black lives matter" when asked if black lives or all lives matter, while former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb said that as president of the United States, "every life in this country matters."

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