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Ben Carson keeps his distance as other VP contenders audition for Trump

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Ben Carson hasn’t turned up onstage for any recent Donald Trump fundraisers or rallies.


He hasn’t shown his face at the former president’s criminal trial in New York, either.


But Carson, who was the Trump administration’s secretary of housing and urban development, remains in contention to be his running mate, even as others throw themselves more forcefully into public auditions for the vice presidency. 


In recent days, prospects like North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and Sen. JD Vance of Ohio have demonstrated their loyalty to Trump by campaigning alongside him and joining him in court. Carson, by contrast, began his own publicity tour to promote a new book.