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Ben Carson Shares the Intimate Details of His Life with Iowa Evangelicals

The retired neurosurgeon got up close and personal with conservative voters.
Dr. Ben Carson speaks as the keynote speaker at the Wake Up America gala Event September 5, 2014 at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Dr. Ben Carson speaks as the keynote speaker at the Wake Up America gala Event September 5, 2014 at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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In a 54-minute speech to evangelical conservatives in Iowa on Saturday night, Ben Carson sought to introduce virtually every aspect of his compelling life story to a group of voters essential to his prospective 2016 Republican presidential bid.

That even included an episode where he said a woman in Florida accused him in a paternity case of fathering a child. He said he aggressively fought off what he described as an attempt to extort money because he knew the truth.