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Carson says he’s faced discrimination as black conservative

In this Nov. 23, 2015 photo, Republican presidential candidate, Dr. Ben Carson holds a news conference after a rally in Pahrump, Nev.  For many African Americans _ the vast majority of them Democrats _ there are two Carsons: one a genius doctor, and an inspirational speaker and writer who talks of limitless horizons, and the other a presidential candidate whose conservative politics have rocketed him to the top of the Republican primary polls.    (AP Photo/John Locher)

In this Nov. 23, 2015 photo, Republican presidential candidate, Dr. Ben Carson holds a news conference after a rally in Pahrump, Nev. For many African Americans _ the vast majority of them Democrats _ there are two Carsons: one a genius doctor, and an inspirational speaker and writer who talks of limitless horizons, and the other a presidential candidate whose conservative politics have rocketed him to the top of the Republican primary polls. (AP Photo/John Locher)

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson says he’s faced more discrimination because he’s a black conservative than because of his race alone.

Carson is the only black candidate among the major Republican and Democratic contenders for 2016.

The retired neurosurgeon was asked in South Carolina on Wednesday whether he’s experienced more prejudice because of his race or his political philosophy.

He answered, “That’s an easy one: conservative ideology by a long shot.”

Carson says in the United States “you are not supposed to be black and be a conservative.” He adds that public figures like him “are fair game for any vile thing, for lies and twisting your words.”

Carson has multiple campaign stops across the state, which hosts a Feb. 20 primary following Iowa and New Hampshire.

 

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