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Ben Carson brings campaign to Phoenix

Posted at 5:08 PM, Dec 04, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson says this week's mass shooting in Southern California should end the debate over whether Syrian refugees can safely be screened.

The retired neurosurgeon told a pro-business group made of lawmakers from across the nation Friday that if it turns out the woman involved was fully vetted by federal officials and cleared to enter the U.S. it should "end the argument right there."

Carson says a better way to handle the refugee crisis is to help Jordan and friendly Kurds in northeast Syria house the refugees until their homeland can be secured.

Carson spoke at a summit organized by the American Legislative Exchange Council in Phoenix.

Carson recently completed a visit to the Middle East amid questions about his grasp of foreign policy. His standing in the polls alongside Republican front-runner Donald Trump has been falling.