Team Carson plots path out of biography battles

Perhaps "happy" isn't the best word, but the Ben Carson campaign is at least confident it has weathered the quick-forming storm over questionable details in Carson's various autobiographical writings.

"We're going to have a more-than-$10-million month again," said Barry Bennett, Carson's campaign manager, in a phone conversation Sunday night. "We're at four million already."

Bennett noted that after the campaign raised $10.8 million in October, media attacks on Carson appear to have spurred supporters to give even more. In recent days Carson has received more than 80,000 new contributions — that is, from people who have not given to Carson before, Bennett said. He also said Carson has added more than 160,000 new likes on Facebook.

"I was wondering how much I could pay CNN to do another hit piece," Bennett said. "The Politico piece is probably helping even more."