Crowd Boos as CNBC Moderator Criticizes Carson

By Susan Jones | October 29, 2015 | 10:21am EDT
Marco Rubio, center, and Jeb Bush, left, argue a point as Donald Trump looks on during the CNBC Republican presidential debate at the University of Colorado, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

( - The audience at Wednesday's Republican debate booed moderator Carl Quintanilla when he suggested that Ben Carson had some sort of inappropriate involvement with a nutritional supplement company.

As Carson explained that the company may have used his image on its home page without his permission, Quintanilla asked, "Does that not speak to your vetting process or judgment in any way?"

"No, it speaks to the fact that I don’t know those--"

The crowd, reacting to Quintanilla's question, erupted in boos.

"See? They know," Carson said. The booing changed to applause.

The complete transcript follows:

QUINTANILLA: One more question. This is a company called Mannatech, a maker of nutritional supplements, with which you had a 10-year relationship. They offered claims that they could cure autism, cancer, they paid $7 million to settle a deceptive marketing lawsuit in Texas, and yet you’re involvement continued. Why?

CARSON: Well, that’s easy to answer. I didn’t have an involvement with them. That is total propaganda, and this is what happens in our society. Total propaganda.
I did a couple of speeches for them, I do speeches for other people. They were paid speeches. It is absolutely absurd to say that I had any kind of a relationship with them.  Do I take the product? Yes. I think it’s a good product.

QUINTANILLA: To be fair, you were on the homepage of their website with the logo over your shoulder —

CARSON: If somebody put me on their homepage, they did it without my permission.

QUINTANILLA: Does that not speak to your vetting process or judgment in any way.

CARSON: No, it speaks to the fact that I don’t know those —


See? They know.


QUINTANILLA: Apparently. We will take a break. We’ll be back in Boulder in just a minute.

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