Nevada's status as a swing state and the fact that our caucus is so early makes this state a perfect target for political advertising and the advertising began here this week with ads by Dr. Ben Carson. The Republican presidential candidate is airing an ad called 'Outside the Box.'
"I'm Ben Carson and I'm running for President. The political class and their pundit buddies say, "Impossible. He's too outside the box."
That's not quite true. No one's actually said it's impossible for him to run or to win for that matter. In fact, it's the outsiders including Ben Carson, Donald Trump and Carly Fiorina who are easily outpacing the rest of the candidates in the Republican field ...so far.
"Well, they do know impossible" the ad goes on to say. "Impossible to balance the budget."
That's no longer true. While dysfunction and gridlock in Washington, D.C. have made that true for years ..just today a deal was tooled that raises the debt ceiling taking away the threat of closing down the government and balancing the budget at least until a new president is elected. It's not a perfect solution but it's closer than lawmakers have come in years, and it does balance the budget.
"Impossible to get border security."
Now that is true. Not only has Washington been unable to secure the borders, they can't even agree on 'how' to do it. And while it has been a constant topic of discussion, the gridlock in Washington has resulted in keeping any version of any plan to address it from even being brought up for discussion much less a vote.
"Impossible to put aside partisanship."
While that has been true for the past seven years again...it was a non-partisan agreement approved just today that will keep the government funded for another year and each side had to make compromises to make that happen.
"I'm Ben Carson and I'm running for president and I'm very much outside the box."
That is absolutely true. Carson's background is as a pediatric neurosurgeon, which is about as outside the box as you can get compared to career politicians in Washington, D.C. He's never run for any office before yet he has served on national panels for bioethics, appointed by President George W. Bush. He is known for his laid-back and methodical approach to solving problems, medical problems, fiscal challenges and getting education back on track.
"There has to be a good idea in there," he says looking at a cardboard box..