Catherine Thompson

Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at

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Dr. Ben Carson's camp is still playing defense a week after the candidate asserted during a Republican presidential debate that he "didn't have any involvement" with a supplement company.

Carson dismissed a CNBC debate moderator's question last week about his connection to Mannatech Inc., which claims its products cure autism and cancer and settled a false advertising lawsuit in Texas for $7 million, as "propaganda." But National Review's Jim Geraghty, who earlier this year reported on Carson's ties to the firm, called the retired neurosurgeon's defense a bunch of "bald-faced lies."

Here's how Carson and his allies have tried to move past the Mannatech issue and knock down the "bald-faced lies" charge in recent days.

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