In a primary election season that's normally dominated by politicians shouting policy points, Ben Carson is an oddity.

He's calm, he's quiet. He doesn't fire off zingers in debates, nor does he rattle off statistics. Yet his favorability ratings are off the charts.

One of the keys to understanding his appeal, political experts say, comes from his background as a doctor. It's a world that rewards calm demeanor, plain-speaking and making a connection with patients.

Carson said he believes voters will react to his demeanor the way his former patients did during times of stress. Times, he says, where a steady pulse was just as important as a steady hand.

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