Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Travails of the GOP candidates

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From HuffPost pollster, less smoothing.

BuzzFeed:

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson told graduates during a commencement address in the late nineties that he believed the pyramids in Egypt were built by the biblical figure Joseph to store grain, and not, as most archeologists contend, as tombs for pharaohs.
At the 1998 commencement for Andrews University, a school associated with Seventh-day Adventist Church, Carson also dismissed the notion that aliens were somehow involved in the construction of the pyramids.

“My own personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain,” Carson said. “Now all the archeologists think that they were made for the pharaohs’ graves. But, you know, it would have to be something awfully big if you stop and think about it. And I don’t think it’d just disappear over the course of time to store that much grain.”

The Hill:

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Ben Carson had trouble Wednesday answering questions about U.S.-Cuba policies, a report Wednesday says.
Carson admitted during an interview that he was in the dark on policies toward those coming to the U.S. from the island nation, according to The Miami Herald.

“You’re going to have to explain to me exactly what you mean by that,” he said when quizzed by the Herald on the so-called wet-foot, dry-foot policy.
“I have to admit I don’t know a great deal about that, and I don’t really like to comment until I’ve had a chance to study the issue from both sides,” Carson said of the rule letting Cubans who reach U.S. soil stay here.

He then stumbled over the Cuban Adjustment Act, which permits Cubans to apply for legal residency after 366 days in the U.S.

“Again, I’ve not been briefed fully on what that is,” the retired neurosurgeon said.

It isn’t that Carson is dumb (far from it). It’s that he’s not close to being qualified for president. That becomes clearer every time he’s asked a substantive question (also known, to Carson, as a ‘gotcha’ question).

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