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Carson Says He Will Not Run as Independent if He Leaves GOP

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(BURLINGTON, Iowa) -- Republican presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson told reporters on Friday that he would not run as an independent.

When asked if that meant he would drop out, Carson told ABC News “I’ll leave that up to you to speculate.”

“I have no intention of running as an Independent, but I certainly don’t want to be part of corruption,” Carson said in response to ABC’s question after a breakfast town hall in Burlington, Iowa.

When asked if he expects the Republican party to manipulate the convention if Donald Trump continues to lead, Carson said he hopes the party wouldn’t do that.

“I would certainly hope that they wouldn’t do such a thing, I would hope that they would respect the will of the people,” Carson told reporters. "I think the party should not be doing anything that is deceptive and under the covers and that thwarts the will of the people.”

He also said he traditionally does not trust the Republican party, but remained hopeful.

“I am hopeful that maybe we have some better leadership now than we’ve had in the past,” he said.

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