Slings & arrows

Ben Carson slams Bill Clinton’s history with women, blames him for coarsening of American children

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, during the Republican Presidential Debate on December 15, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

GOP presidential hopeful Ben Carson is jumping on the zing Bill Clinton bandwagon — and he’s not the only candidate piling on the former president. Following Donald Trump’s remarks over the weekend that Bill Clinton has “demonstrated a penchant for sexism,” Carson, whose poll numbers have been slipping lately, took aim at the popular husband of Hillary Clinton. During an appearance on Fox News, Carson was asked about Bill Clinton’s checkered past with women and whether that would prove a distraction as he campaigns for Hillary. “As a pediatric neurosurgeon, I deal with a lot of children, and I see them becoming coarser and wanting to know what certain things are that they’re hearing about on television — things that they would’ve never known about as kids before,” Carson responded, adding, “And a certain innocence disappears from our society. I’m sorry to see that happen, and I’m sorry that it was because one of our presidents.”

He defended attacking the spouse of a presidential candidate, saying because Bill Clinton is a former president, he’s “fair game.” And Carson wasn’t the only one taking issue with the Clintons. Carly Fiorina, who’s all but faded from competition in polls over the last two months, ripped Hillary Clinton for accusing GOP rivals of sexism. Fiorina echoed a comment first made by Trump over the weekend. “Of course she’s going to play the woman card. That’s what she does,” Fiorina said also during a Fox News appearance. She went on to criticize Hillary Clinton for talking about the war on women, which Fiorina declared “doesn’t exist.”

Read the full story at CBS News.

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