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Dr. Ben Carson ends SC trip by caroling at MUSC Children's hospital

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -

From "I want to wish you a Merry Christmas" to "Silent Night," Dr. Ben Carson, his wife Candy and members of his campaign team sang an array of Christmas songs to patients at MUSC Children's hospital Tuesday.

The stop wrapped up the retired neurosurgeon's three-day swing through South Carolina. 

He said the MUSC Children's hospital brought back memories for him. 

"I had an opportunity to see one of the patients that I operated on many years ago, and see him doing so well," said Dr. Carson. "Really, that's what it's all about."

Dr. Carson signed Christmas cards and took pictures with the children. 

"This card says, 'I want you to be president' and that's where he signed it," said 8-year-old David Skinner, with a smile. 

To David and his 7-year-old friend Lane Bollinger, Dr. Carson's visit was a Christmas dream come true.

"This would be the best day of my life!" Said David.

"I would say I love you, Dr. Carson," said Lane. "I love you for president."

For Dr. Carson, the stop wasn't about politics. It was about the kids.

"It's a good time of year, people can put aside all their differences and just think about the good things."

An hour prior to caroling, Doctor Carson led a town hall meeting at the VFW in Ladson, focused on politics.
He spoke about the recent criticism he's seen.

"A lot of people in our society would like to say that I'm weak because I'm soft spoken," said Dr. Carson. "I'd like to let people know that the volume in which one says something does not determine their strength."

Dr. Carson spoke about our country's need for a strong military, the importance of supporting veterans and his success and leadership in the medical field.
He said that leadership and strength is what he would bring to the White House.

Dr. Carson's supporters came out early to hear him speak at the town hall meeting.  

"I got here at 12 o'clock and I've been sitting out here for four hours, so I could come in here and see Dr. Carson," said Mt Pleasant resident Evelyn Todd.

For Todd, Tuesday's town hall meeting just solidified her support for Dr. Carson.

"I believe what he says he will do, he will do," said Todd. "And, I just like his character, his integrity, his honesty."

Whether through song, or public forums, Dr. Carson's stops in the Lowcountry seemed to bring a lot of people joy. 

 "Merry Christmas!" Said David and Lane. 

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