Washington( CNN) Ben Carson spent much of Friday aggressively refuting media reports about his past — a striking departure from the mellowed personality he has displayed on the campaign trail.
“There is a desperation on behalf of some to try to find ways to tarnish me because they’ve been looking through everything, they have been talking to everybody I’ve ever known, everybody I’ve ever seen, ” Carson told reporters at a media availability in Florida.
“‘There’s got to be a scandal. There’s got to be some nurse he’s had an affair with. There’s got to be something.’ They have gotten desperate, ” Carson continued. “Next week, it will be my kindergarten educator who said I peed in my gasps. It’s ridiculous. But it’s OK because I wholly expect it.”
Carson’s personal narrative — a centerpiece of his campaign and star power — have all along revolved around his accounts of his violent past and descriptions of the healing powers of his religion.
In a tale published under Thursday, CNN reported that childhood friends of Carson were astounded about violent incidents he has described in a book, public speeches and interviews and had no recollection of such events. Scott Glover and Maeve Reston spoke with nine friends, classmates and neighbors who grew up with Carson, and none had any memory of the anger or violence the candidate has described.