Dr. Ben Carson explained on "The Kelly File" tonight why he wrote in an op-ed that he has the same goal as Rev. Al Sharpton.

The possible 2016 Republican presidential contender told Megyn Kelly that he was invited to speak at Sharpton's National Action Network, where he said that they both want to build a stronger America.  

"One of the big problems in our country right now is that we get off in our respective corners and we throw hand grenades at each other," Carson said. "We need to be solving problems."

He said that he "wanted to give an alternative to the massive spending of trillions of dollars since the 60s to so-called help people."

"None of things that were supposed to have gotten better, have gotten better," he said. "There's a much better alternative."

Kelly asked Carson why he would potentially tarnish his brand by partnering up with Sharpton. 

"You won't get me to defend him," Carson replied. "But I will tell you that the audience, a little cool when I first started, but by the time I finished [I got a] standing ovation and were very warm."  

"We don't want to categorize people based on an individual," Carson added. "We want to give them all an opportunity to listen and evaluate, because it's the only way we are going to heal the deep divisions that exist in our country."

Watch the full video above. 


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