Carson endorses ‘very cerebral’ Trump for president
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Carson endorses ‘very cerebral’ Trump for president

Former GOP candidate says he and party front-runner have ‘buried the hatchet’ over previous campaign taunts

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stands with former rival Ben Carson on March 11, 2016. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stands with former rival Ben Carson on March 11, 2016. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP)

PALM BEACH, Florida — Retired neurosurgeon and former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson endorsed billionaire front-runner Donald Trump on Friday, describing his erstwhile rival as “very cerebral.”

“There are two different Donald Trumps,” Carson said in his endorsement at one of Trump’s clubs in Palm Beach. “There’s the one you see on the stage, and there’s the one who’s is very cerebral, sits there, you can have a very good conversation with him.”

Carson praised Trump as “a very intelligent man who cares deeply about America.” He said that the election is “not about me. It’s not about Donald Trump. It’s about America.”

The religiously conservative former surgeon said that in talking with Trump he discovered that “there’s a lot more alignment, philosophically and spiritually, than I ever thought that there was.”

Presidential candidates Donald Trump (2nd L) speaks while Sen. Marco Rubio (L-R), Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Sen. Ted Cruz look on during the CNBC Republican Presidential Debate at University of Colorados Coors Events Center, October 28, 2015, in Boulder, Colorado. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP)
Presidential candidates Donald Trump (2nd L) speaks while Sen. Marco Rubio (L-R), Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Sen. Ted Cruz look on during the CNBC Republican Presidential Debate at University of Colorados Coors Events Center, October 28, 2015, in Boulder, Colorado. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP)

Carson‘s outsider campaign soared last year but ultimately fizzled as he stumbled over questions about the veracity of aspects of his compelling life story.

Trump also mercilessly taunted and mocked him on the campaign trail, particularly over Carson‘s claim that he once tried to stab a fellow student but that the boy’s belt buckle prevented the knife from breaking the skin.

On Friday, however, Carson made it clear that he and Trump “buried the hatchet. That was political stuff. That happens in American politics.”

Trump praised Carson as someone “respected by everybody. Everybody wanted his endorsement, and everybody loves him, and truly, truly admires what he’s done.”

Florida, a main prize in the 2016 nominations race, votes Tuesday, and Trump is ahead there in polling on the Republican side. He is seeking to defeat Senator Marco Rubio, who sees his home state as a do-or-die contest.

Trump earlier sided with Carson over a dispute in Iowa, when Senator Ted Cruz’s campaign wrongly told voters that Carson had dropped out of the race before the state’s February 1 caucuses.

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