Ben Carson Apologizes For Plagiarism, Says He's Working To 'Rectify The Situation'

Ben Carson: 'I Apologize' For Plagiarism, Working To 'Rectify The Situation'

Dr. Ben Carson apologized Thursday for plagiarizing parts of his book America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great and said he's working with his editors to "rectify the situation."

BuzzFeed's Andrew Kaczynski, one of the reporters who broke the plagiarism news, tweeted Carson's statement on Thursday:

BEN CARSON on plagiarism in book: "I apologize, and I am working with my editors to rectify the situation."

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) January 8, 2015

On Wednesday, Carson's publisher Zondervan -- a Christian publisher owned by HarperCollins -- said it would review the allegations of plagiarism in Carson's book. Zondervan released another statement on Thursday, saying, "It has become apparent that further source citation is appropriate in Dr. Carson's America the Beautiful."

BuzzFeed reported Tuesday that passages from Carson's book were taken from a number of sources, including SocialismSucks.Net. See BuzzFeed's report here.

Carson has shown interest in a 2016 presidential run. He released a documentary about himself called "A Breath of Fresh Air: A New Prescription for America" the weekend after the midterm elections.

According to HuffPost Pollster, Carson is among the top of the pack of potential 2016 GOP primary candidates, trailing only 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie:

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