Ben Carson posts late-night Facebook manifesto: Why I have the experience to be president

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson took to Facebook late Wednesday night to address voters' lingering concerns that he doesn't have the experience to serve as president.

"You are absolutely right -- I have no political experience," Carson told his readers. "The current Members of Congress have a combined 8,700 years of political experience. Are we sure political experience is what we need[?]"

In an essay that appeared both heartfelt and free of the polish usually provided by political consultants, Carson wrote that the nation was founded by citizen statesmen who found a way to serve their new country. Carson argued that he, too, found a way to serve in his career as a surgeon.

"I spent my life treating very ill children," Carson wrote. "Over 15,000 times I gave my all to prolong their lives. I was blessed to do it…While I admire the Bush family's dedication to service, I too served -- nights, weekends, holidays, birthdays and anniversaries with severely injured patients were my public service."