SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Dr. Ben Carson was in the valley Friday and the Republican presidential candidate has seen some of the air leak out of his presidential balloon lately. Sinking in public opinion polls, the famed neurosurgeon is trying to pump up his candidacy.
Dr. Carson spoke before the Conservative American Legislative Exchange Council in Scottsdale. He spoke in favor of smaller government, school choice, taking the fight to the terrorists -- like every Republican candidate for president, delivered in his signature low-key style, but as he proved on Friday, even a mellow fellow can get mad.
Carson received a warm welcome from the group of conservative Republicans and harkened back to his own inspiring life story.
"You know, America is a place of dreams and I feel so in incredibly fortunate to have been born here," he said.
Carson alluded to his perceived weakness: lack of knowledge of foreign affairs. He said he's been to 58 countries, most recently Jordan.
"Hard to sit down and write all those countries out today because the press wants to know.. we want to know those countries.. make sure you pronounce them all correctly," he said.
Carson attacked the media repeatedly. It was a central theme of his speech.
"The reason the media is protected by the Constitution is they were supposed to be honest and they could be objective, but when they pick and choose sides, they distort the system and are contributing to the decline of this nation."
We asked Dr. Carson if he would answer any questions from members of the media after his speech. The answer was no.