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Ben Carson addresses ISIS in Cincinnati trip

Police doing a sweep of Music Hall prior to Carson's visit Wednesday afternoon (Photo: Ben Katko, FOX19 NOW) Police doing a sweep of Music Hall prior to Carson's visit Wednesday afternoon (Photo: Ben Katko, FOX19 NOW)
Ben Carson speaking to reporters Wednesday after the private event at Music Hall (Photo: Ben Katko, FOX19 NOW) Ben Carson speaking to reporters Wednesday after the private event at Music Hall (Photo: Ben Katko, FOX19 NOW)
Ben Carson arriving at Music Hall Wednesday evening (Photo: Ben Katko, FOX19 NOW) Ben Carson arriving at Music Hall Wednesday evening (Photo: Ben Katko, FOX19 NOW)
OVER THE RHINE, OH (FOX19) -

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson made a quick trip to Cincinnati Wednesday to speak to the Young Presidents Organization at Music Hall.

Police executed security sweep of the building at around 4 p.m., prior to his visit. While a police escort led Carson to Music Hall on Columbia Parkway.

After the private event wrapped up, Carson spoke to reporters for just a couple of minutes outside the Cincinnatian Hotel touching the major topics such as ISIS, Syrian refugees and foreign policy.

In recent days, Carson has been criticized for foreign policy. He addressed Wednesday taking on ISIS in the wake of their attacks and threats to America.

"It's, first of all, declaring war, officially, and getting our allies involved.  The whole NATO alliance needs to be involved.  All of our friends in the Middle East need to be involved.  We need to cut off their money supply," Carson said.

Ohio is one of many states who are moving to keep Syrian refugees from coming in. Carson weighed in - mentioning the idea of a vetting process.

"We need to be reasonable, and we need to be logical.  So, obviously, we don't want to do anything that is going to increase the danger to our citizens.  At the same time, we want to be compassionate," Carson said.

As far as coming to the Tri-State, he said he "always loves" coming to Cincinnati. 

The National Exemplar in Mariemont posted a photo on Twitter of  Carson at the restaurant before his visit to Music Hall.

In recent days, some polls have Carson leading the GOP field, while others have Donald Trump as the front-runner.

Carson's next stop is a rally in Alabama tomorrow.

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