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Trump On Carson As Potential Running Mate: 'Stranger Things Have Happened'

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said in an Oct. 20 interview that he is not ruling out putting Ben Carson on a 2016 presidential ticket with him. 

“Well I like him, he likes me. I mean, stranger things have happened,” the GOP front-runner told CNN’s “New Day” host Alisyn Camerota. “But it's too early to think about.”

It’s a more friendly tone than the billionaire real estate developer has taken with other candidates who have approached him in the polls.

The latest CNN/ORC poll shows Trump with 27 percent support and Carson trailing not far behind with 22. And, according to NBC News, the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll has Trump and Carson at 25 and 22 percent, respectively.

“Well, we've hit a chord,” Trump told CNN. “And we're not as different as people think. You know we have a very good relationship. We're not as different as people think.

"But there is certainly a different style. You know, I have great assets and he has some great assets. But we are both resonating, there's no question about it.”

Trump and Carson have refrained from attacking one another. The closest they came was in September when they questioned each other’s faith. 

"Probably the biggest thing -- I've realized where my success has come from and I don't in anyway deny my faith in God," Carson said in response to question about how he was different from Trump, CNN reported. 

He clarified the remark by quoting a Bible verse he said was his favorite. 

"By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches and honor and life and that's a very big part of who I am,” he said. “I don't get that impression with him. Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't get that.”

Trump responded almost immediately, tweeting, “Wow, I am ahead of the field with Evangelicals (am so proud of this) and virtually every other group, and Ben Carson just took a swipe at me.”

As what appeared to be a simmering feud reached a near boiling point, Carson turned down the heat, telling The Washington Post he wasn’t going to get into a public spat with Trump. 

“Everyone is going to be saying, ‘Oh there’s a big fight, everyone come watch the fight,’” he said. “But it's just not going to be as great as they think, because I’m not going to participate.”

Sources: CNN (2), NBC News, The Washington Post

Photo credit: John Pemble/Flickr, Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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