Ben Carson said during Tuesday night’s debate that he doesn't mind the news media scrutinizing his life as long as Democratic candidates face similar rigors - including Hillary Clinton, whom he suggested lied about Benghazi.
“I have no problem being vetted,” Carson said. “What I do have a problem with is being lied about, then having that put out there as truth.”
Carson, a first-time candidate, came under intense scrutiny last week when published reports questioned the veracity of his accounts of a military academy scholarship offer, a violent adolescence and an incident when he attended Yale.
“I don’t even mind that, so long as they do it to people on the other side” said Carson, who has recently cut into GOP frontrunner Donald Trump’s lead.
Carson said that emails show that Clinton, as secretary of state during the Sept. 11, 2012 strike on a U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya that left four Americans dead, told her daughter and other officials that the attack was terror related. Then she told the American public it was sparked by an anti-Islamic video, he said.
“Where I come from, they call that a lie,” Carson said. “That’s very different than somebody misinterpreting what I said.”