Former rival Ben Carson backs Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, saying there are ''two Donald Trumps. There's the one you see on the stage and there's the one who's very cerebral.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Former rival Ben Carson backed Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Friday (March 11), becoming the second former presidential candidate to support the billionaire businessman in the race for the White House. "He's actually a very intelligent man who cares deeply about America. There are two different Donald Trumps. There's the one you see on the stage and there's the one who's very cerebral- sits there and considers things very carefully. You can have a very good conversation with him," said Carson. Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who dropped out of the race on March 4, follows New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a former candidate who also backed Trump after earlier dropping out of the race for the party's nomination ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential election. Carson made the announcement at a joint news conference with Trump in Palm Beach, Florida, ahead of that state's primary on Tuesday. The retired neurosurgeon also said he and Trump have "buried the hatchet" after insults were thrown during their campaign. "That was political stuff," said Carson. Trump said he agreed with there being "two Donald Trumps." "I'm a big thinker. And I have my ideas and they're strong and typically they've worked out," said Trump during the news conference. So far, 25 states and Puerto Rico have held nominating contests, and Trump has amassed a solid lead in the delegate race. According to the Associated Press, Trump has 458 delegates, followed by Cruz at 359, Rubio at 151, and Kasich at 54. Clinching the Republican nomination requires 1,237 delegates. There are a total of 367 delegates at stake on Tuesday, including a total of 165 in Florida and Ohio.