Ben Carson Never Applied to West Point, Campaign Says
Ben Carson's campaign said Friday that the surging Republican presidential candidate never applied to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, contradicting a key detail of Carson's past amid continuing questions about other well-known stories of his upbringing.
Politico reported that West Point has no record of Carson applying to or being offered an appointment to the military service academy. He writes in his book "Gifted Hands" that he was "offered a full scholarship to West Point."
"He was introduced to folks from West Point by his ROTC Supervisors," Carson campaign manager Barry Bennett told Politico. "They told him they could help him get an appointment based on his grades and performance in ROTC. He considered it but in the end did not seek admission."
The new revelation comes as other well known tales of Carson's youth have come into question, including his story about almost stabbing a friend in his early teens.