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Tepidly for Trump 

Trail Mix: Ben Carson's media skills; Hillary and Bernie try to out-New York each other

click to enlarge Ben Carson is still part of the campaign, but Trump might wish he wasn't.
  • Ben Carson is still part of the campaign, but Trump might wish he wasn't.

A BAD ENDORSEMENT

"Are there better people? Probably." That's former presidential hopeful BEN CARSON referring to DONALD TRUMP, the man he has endorsed to be president. And while that may be the best example of Carson's tepid support of Trump, it is certainly not the only one. Here's a quick rundown:

Carson has said he endorsed Trump because he had to "look at what is practical." In another interview, when Whoopi Goldberg called Trump racist, Carson replied, "What's the alternative?" Carson has reasoned that if Trump isn't a good president, "We're only looking at four years." Last week on a radio show, the host said she couldn't vote for a "bad man" like Trump. Carson responded, "Who isn't? Who among us isn't?"

This is where you could argue that maybe the one person who shouldn't be a bad man or woman is the president, but it appears that Carson has given up on that idea. Carson has admitted he was promised a role in a Trump administration, at least in an "advisory capacity." For that to happen, Trump obviously must win the election, and that's something Carson doesn't seem to be helping with so far. (WILSON CRISCIONE)

SUBWAY PRIMARY

New York's Democratic presidential primary is shaping up, in some ways, to be a contest of which candidate can prove they have more authentic ties to the Empire State.

Sen. BERNIE SANDERS has touted how he was born and raised in Brooklyn. Former Secretary of State HILLARY CLINTON is hoping to capitalize on connections she made while serving as the state's U.S. senator from 2001 to 2009. And both campaigns have awkwardly intersected with one activity that most voters in New York City can readily relate to: riding the subway.

In an interview with the editorial board of the New York Daily News, Sanders was asked about the last time he rode the subway. The senator responded, "I know how to ride the subways. I've been on them once or twice." This prompted a member of the board to ask, "How do you ride the subway today?" Sanders incorrectly answered that it requires a token. (They've been replaced with swipe cards.)

Clinton campaigned on the subway, bringing a crowd of press and Secret Service agents aboard a rush-hour train. It took her multiple swipes to get her MetroCard to grant her access. CNN reports that while some commuters snapped photos with Clinton, others seemed unfazed that one of the world's most famous women was on the train. (JAKE THOMAS)

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