Carson’s Manager Brushes Off GOPers Who Refused To Join In Debate Demands (VIDEO)

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Barry Bennett, the campaign manager for retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, said on Tuesday he’s not worried about the candidates who refused to sign the letter he helped engineer that would dictate demands to news networks regarding upcoming presidential debates.

Bennett appeared on “The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson” on Fox News to respond to news that several Republican presidential candidates, including Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, has declined to sign a letter making various demands for the debates.

Bennett had arranged a meeting among campaign representatives on Sunday, which resulted in draft letter that was leaked on Monday.

“I think there are three or four that have said they are going to send their own letter versus signing a joint one,” Bennett told host Gretchen Carlson. “I really don’t care who’s gotten the signed letter as long as we interject ourselves in the process, learn earlier about what the format is so we can all plan and do a better job.”

He brushed off the campaigns that refused to sign on.

“Some of these people are asterisks in the polls so they’re not going to have a lot of sway,” Bennett said.

He said the letter was conceived because Carson, like many Republicans, were worried about the brand of the party.

“One of us is going to win the nomination and I hope that person wins in the fall,” Bennett said.

Watch the appearance below:

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