Ben Carson, one of the viable Republican presidential candidates, spoke during a half-hour sit-down with POLITICO’s “Off Message” podcast waiting for the results of Saturday’s South Carolina primary (he finished sixth out of six). He laid out his views on racism and his belief that his experience as poor black kid in 1960s Detroit represents the real experience of his people in way that Barack Obama could never understand.

“He’s an ‘African’ American. He was, you know, raised white,” said the world-renowned neurosurgeon, whose single mother worked three jobs and occasionally relied on government aid to elevate Carson and his older brother from the grinding poverty of ghetto life.

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