Ben Carson Hasn't Been a Registered Republican For Very Long

Leah Barkoukis
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Posted: Oct 13, 2015 4:24 PM
Ben Carson Hasn't Been a Registered Republican For Very Long

Donald Trump has been widely criticized for the fact that before he became the GOP frontrunner, the real estate mogul he identified more as a Democrat (at least that’s what he told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in a 2004 interview). But times have changed, his opinions evolved, and here he is on the Republican ticket.

As it turns out, however, Trump isn’t the only GOP presidential candidate who recently became a Republican. The American Mirror has obtained public records that show Ben Carson, who’s No. 2 in the polls, only officially joined the Republican Party on October 31, 2014. He was previously registered as an independent, according to the documents.

Carson spokesman Doug Watts confirmed this information to The Blaze.

“Prior to registering as a Republican, Dr. Carson was indeed registered as an Independent in the state of Maryland,” Watts told TheBlaze in an email. “His registration as a Republican followed and was generally in concert with his declaration of Florida as his official domicile.”

While switching from Independent to Republican certainly isn’t as drastic as from Democrat to Republican, should it matter at all?