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Report: Ben Carson Lied About West Point Academy Admission

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On several occasions, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson claimed he had received a “full scholarship” to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

He even mentioned it in his best-selling memoir, Gifted Hands.

But it turns out he never even applied for admission to the academy. Doug Watts, a spokesman for Carson’s campaign, said that though his “Senior [ROTC] Commander was in touch with West Point and told Dr. Carson he could get in, Dr. Carson did not seek admission.”

The confession comes after a West Point spokesman told Politico that the academy had no record of Carson’s acceptance, not even an application.

According to his memoir, Carson’s story of his acceptance to the academy began with meeting Gen. William Westmoreland, who commanded U.S. forces in Vietnam in 1969.

Read more at CBS News.

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