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Ben Carson kicks off conservative CPAC event

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A retired neurosurgeon says he would order the military to destroy the Islamic State group if he were to be elected president.

Ben Carson was the first featured speaker kicking at the Conservative Political Action Conference -- better known as CPAC -- in Washington Thursday.

The event features nearly two dozen potential Republican presidential contenders.

Carson has built a loyal following among conservative activists.

He said that outlining all the failures of the current administration would be "too depressing" and instead focused on his vision for the country.

Carson said during a brief question-and-answer session that when it comes to battling radical Islamic terrorist groups, the U.S. shouldn't wait to react.

He said he would task the military with destroying them first.

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