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Ben Carson to Katie Couric on Jesus painting and rap ad

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In an exclusive interview with Yahoo’s Global News Anchor Katie Couric, GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson addressed a part of his life that has gone viral this week, a picture of a painting of Carson with Jesus that was first revealed by the Guardian. Carson told Couric that the painting is a gift he received after a speaking engagement in Virginia. He told Couric, “I like the concept that there’s something beside me behind my success.”

Couric asked Carson if he thinks his religious beliefs would become an issue in any way if he becomes the GOP nominee. Carson replied: “I don’t think so … because they’re pretty traditional Christian beliefs.”

In response to a question about another viral moment for the campaign, a rap ad released by the campaign aimed at African-American voters, Carson said, “It’s probably not what I would’ve done, but it’s okay.” When asked why, he said, “It’s not my persona … but I’m not embarrassed about it.”

The GOP contender also responded to President Obama’s criticism of him when he said Carson “doesn’t know much” about ISIS. Carson told Couric: “What would you expect him to say?” He continued, “His record speaks for itself.”

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