Current leading Republican presidential candidate, one Donald J. Trump, may have gotten the most attention from moderators at the Fox News debate last night, but retired Hopkins neurosurgeon Ben Carson made a big splash.
In fact, he came in second only to Trump in average number of Google searches per minute throughout the course of the debate, and at two moments last night searches of his name underwent huge spikes. He also claimed quite a bit of search volume as the debate ended, suggesting that his overall performance generated interest.
He went big in his closing statement, setting himself apart from his rivals by listing his surgical accomplishments.
I’m the only one to separate Siamese twins, the only one to operate on babies while they’re still in their mother’s womb,” Carson said. “The only one to take out half of a brain, although you would think if you go to Washington that someone had beat me to it.” Zing!
The Daily Mail credited the lighthearted humor of that statement with the positive social media response that erupted after the debate.
And not for nothing, but Carson was a big hit with a panel of undecided Republican voters on an online debate forum organized by the Northeast Ohio Media Group.
Here are two big Ben Carson moments. First, Carson says that “there is no such thing as a politically correct war” in response to a question on America’s use of torture:
Here’s his “half of a brain” closer: