Presidential hopeful Ben Carson, who’s slowly but steadily moved into second place in the Republican polls, said the biggest difference between him and the top-ranked GOP White House candidate, Donald Trump, is aligned with faith.
“Probably the biggest thing,” Carson said, in reply to a reporter’s question about how he differed from Trump, CNN reported, “I’ve realized where my success has come from and I don’t in any way deny my faith in God.”
To back that point, he cited what he called one of his favorite Bible verses.
“By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches and honor and life,” Carson said, referencing Proverbs 22:4. “That’s a very big part of who I am. I don’t get that impression with [Trump]. Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t get that.”
Trump then fired back at Carson.
“I think he started it, so, remember, I like to finish it,” Trump said during an appearance on “The View.” “He talked about my faith. He doesn’t know me. I hardly know this guy.”
Carson told the Washington Post he did not intend for his remarks about faith to be taken as an attack on Trump.
“I would like to say to him that the intention was not to talk to him but about what motivates me,” he said about his religion comment. “If he took that as a personal attack on him, I apologize, it was certainly not the intent.”
Carson is a Seventh Day Adventist with a campaign that’s focused on his faith, as evidenced by the level of evangelical support he’s received. In Iowa, for instance, where about half of voters express born-again Christianity, Carson touts a 19 percent poll showing.
Trump, meanwhile, has come in at 32 percent in Iowa in the most recent poll numbers.
Voters have prodded Trump for information about his religious beliefs in recent weeks. In Iowa earlier this summer, Trump said, to the shock of many, he had never before sought out God’s forgiveness.
As CNN reported, Trump at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames said: “I am Presbyterian, and I go to church and I love God and I love my church.”
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He also said, when asked by pollster Frank Luntz if he’d ever asked God for forgiveness, “I am not sure I have.”
Trump clarified: “I just go on and try to do a better job from there. … I think if I do something wrong, I think I just try and make it right. I don’t bring God into that picture.”
He’s also stated several times on the campaign trail the Bible’s his favorite book – but did not follow the claim with mention of specific verses or passages.