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Press Release - Non-Confrontational Style, Social Media Aiding Ben Carson's Surge in Polls (USA Today)

September 06, 2015

When Thomas Bouwsma's wife Patty was pregnant with their sixth child 11 years ago, they had a chance to meet Ben Carson at a community college in Grand Rapids.

They were so impressed with his book Gifted Hands — which was required reading for their children during home schooling lessons — that they decided to name their son Carson.

"When I got the chance to shake his hand, I patted my wife's belly and said this one is named in your honor," said Bouwsma, a truck driver from Grand Rapids.

Eleven years later, Bouwsma traveled with Carsonto Detroit to witness his son's namesake announce that he was running for president. Six weeks later, Bouwsma contributed $1,000 to Carson's campaign, his first political contribution.

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Ben Carson, Press Release - Non-Confrontational Style, Social Media Aiding Ben Carson's Surge in Polls (USA Today) Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/311815

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