Presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaks at AUM

Published: Mar. 1, 2016 at 3:49 AM CST
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson may only be coming in at nine percent in the polls, but he says he's still standing because of "we the people," and voters have asked him not to drop out of the race because they don't want to have to choose between a "lesser of two evils."

The Republican Candidate made one last push for votes in Montgomery Monday evening, catering to the millennial vote at Auburn University at Montgomery.

Going into Super Tuesday, Carson doesn't think the system has been fair to him.

"My plan is to allow the American people to wake up and to become serious about the issues that affect our future and recognize that this is not a personality contest," said Carson.

After hearing the republican presidential candidate speak, some AUM students hope his campaign makes a quick turnaround.

"It was so hard for me to keep my mouth shut from whistling and clapping. He actually makes sense, I don't understand why he's not higher in the polls in people's minds and in their view," said AUM Grad Student Jennifer Scrivano.

It was Carson's message of unity and communication when addressing racism and police brutality that really resonated with students

"We in America must come to understand that we're not all that different," said Carson during the panel discussion.

"I really like how he addressed the community involved with the police force and the police brutality. How he mentioned his outings to Ferguson and the church in South Carolina, and how it's all about community," said AUM Sophomore Airiana Carlos-Lee.

"I think his main point was that we're all equal and we're all in this together; dealing with the economy and racism and all the things that plague our nation. Us coming together as a people, as a nation, you know that's the only way we're going to better ourselves and better this country," said Samuel Duff, an AUM Senior.

Carson's charge to millennial voters, don't back off because you're young.

"I want them to know that I'm one of them. I'm not a politician and I think our system was designed for citizen statesman and career politicians," said Dr. Carson.

Dr. Carson did take some swings at his opponents saying Donald Trump is a politician who buys and sells influence. He also called out Bernie Sanders "socialist" economic plans saying they simply will not work.

He had a clear message for the over 270 students in attendance. When asked what his main takeaway for students was from the panel discussion, he said that we are fortunate to live in an "exceptional nation," and we need to take care of it.

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