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Carson says he would nominate high court justice

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Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson says he would probably nominate a replacement for the late Justice Antonin Scalia if he was now in the White House.

"Why not do it?" Carson asks at a town hall broadcast by CNN from Greenville, South Carolina.


He'll be followed later Wednesday night by fellow Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. South Carolina's GOP primary is on Saturday.

Carson says he would have litmus tests for the candidates for the high court. But rather than ask potential nominees about where they stand on an issue such as abortion, "I would look back at what they've done throughout their lives."

Carson says that's a better way to learn about a candidate for the court, rather than in interviews for which candidates have prepared in advance.

Several of Carson's fellow Republican candidates for president have said the choice to replace Scalia should be made by the next president, and not by President Barack Obama.

Carson also said he thinks Apple should "sit down with trustworthy members of the government... and hammer out a relationship," when it comes to cooperating with the FBI.

"We're going to have to get over that," he said, noting a mistrust of government.

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