COLLEGEDALE, Tenn. — While Seventh-day Adventist opinions on Adventist former neurosurgeon Ben Carson’s presidential candidacy have been all over the map, a large, Adventist-owned corporation has given the surgeon his most valuable endorsement to date.
Days from the Iowa Republican Caucuses, Little Debbie Snack Cakes (made by Adventist-owned McKee Foods) publicly endorsed Carson: “We briefly considered endorsing Senator Ted Cruz because his wife is the daughter of Adventist missionaries,” said Little Debbie spokesperson Dema Siado. “But even with Heidi, Cruz can’t compete with Dr. Carson who, prior to running for president, has given a generation of Adventists an unshakeable confidence that their kids will grow up to be surgeons.”
Carson, who has slipped in popularity since a brief spell atop the GOP polls in late 2015, gladly accepted the Little Debbie endorsement. Expressing his gratitude he cited “the many times I’ve sunk my teeth into a Nutty Bar on the campaign trail.”
Although Little Debbie said they fully believed in Carson as a candidate, Siado said that if, for any reason, things did not go as planned, they would be willing to offer Carson a post-election role as Little Debbie Healthy Eating Ambassador.
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