Carson Downplays New Status at KC Visit

The new Iowa GOP front runner Ben Carson at a book signing event in Overland Park Friday.

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson played down his new status as the Republican front-runner in the key early voting state of Iowa.

Two polls in as many days show Carson in first place among Iowa Republicans.

Iowa’s first-in-the nation caucuses are the first voters cast anywhere in the US in the race for president in 2016.

Carson told KMBC TV that the new polls don’t change anything.

"Because it’s a marathon, not a sprint. There will be ups and downs. What important is to talk about things important to the people,"Carson said.

Friday’s Iowa Poll from the Des moines register and Bloomberg politics has Carson with support from 28% of the Republicans polled.

Donald Trump has dropped to second place. Texas Senator Ted Cruz is in third place.

Several hundred people lined up for the 90-minute book signing by Carson. The retired doctor has placed his campaign on hold for a two-week multi-state book signing tour.

Carson’s latest book, ‘ One Nation ‘, deals with Carson’s views on the US Constitution.

A number of people in line at Mardel bookstore on 119th Street in Overland Park says Carson appeals to them because he a new face and they are tired of politics as usual in Washington.

"I’m discouraged with Washington, with the right and the left," said Nicki Gullickson.Gullickson says she voted for president Obama twice.

Darlene Isensee is not bothered by Carson’slack of expirience in Washington.

"I think he’s smart enough to use other people around him that would have the knowledge in things like foreign affairs and different things," she said.

In another development today, the campaign of Donald Trump filed to participate in theMarch 5, 2016 Kansas Caucuses.

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