Ben Carson asks his rivals to attack him at the debate so he can speak

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After complaining about his lack of time to speak at the Republican debate on Thursday night, presidential candidate Ben Carson asked if someone could attack him so he'd get an opportunity to respond.

Amid a spat between several candidates about foreign policy and national security, the retired neurosurgeon said, "Can somebody attack me, please?"

Under debate rules, when a candidate's name is mentioned, he is given time to react.

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Republican presidential candidate, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, left and Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump talk at a break during a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., looks on during a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, looks on during a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Republican presidential candidate, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson speaks during a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, right, speaks as Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump, left, and Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, center, react during a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 25: Ohio Gov. John Kasich walks onstage before the Republican presidential debate at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston on February 25, 2016 in Houston, Texas. The debate is the last before the March 1 Super Tuesday primaries. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo-Pool/Getty Images )
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 25: Donald Trump (L) answers a question as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) looks on during the Republican presidential debate at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston on February 25, 2016 in Houston, Texas. The debate is the last before the March 1 Super Tuesday primaries. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo-Pool/Getty Images )
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 25: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) walks onstage before the Republican presidential debate at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston on February 25, 2016 in Houston, Texas. The debate is the last before the March 1 Super Tuesday primaries. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo-Pool/Getty Images )
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 25: Republican presidential candidates Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) (L) and Ted Cruz (R-TX)(R) listen as Donald Trump answers a question during the Republican presidential debate at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston on February 25, 2016 in Houston, Texas. The debate is the last before the March 1 Super Tuesday primaries. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo-Pool/Getty Images )
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 25: Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks at the Republican presidential debate at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston on February 25, 2016 in Houston, Texas. The debate is the last before the March 1 Super Tuesday primaries. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo-Pool/Getty Images )
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 25: Ben Carson speaks during the Republican presidential debate at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston on February 25, 2016 in Houston, Texas. The debate is the last before the March 1 Super Tuesday primaries. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo-Pool/Getty Images )
US Republican Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz is seen on television in the CNN filing room during the Republican Presidential Debate at the University of Houston in Houston, Texas on February 25, 2016. / AFP / Thomas B. Shea (Photo credit should read THOMAS B. SHEA/AFP/Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump, center, speaks as Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., left, and Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, right, look on during a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
US Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump is seen on television in the CNN filing room during the Republican Presidential Debate at the University of Houston in Houston, Texas on February 25, 2016. / AFP / Thomas B. Shea (Photo credit should read THOMAS B. SHEA/AFP/Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., left, and Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump both speak during a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks during a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump speaks during a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
From left, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., businessman Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas prepare for a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
As Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump, center, speaks, Republican presidential candidates, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, left, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., second from left, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, second from right and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, right, look on during a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 25: Republican presidential candidates Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) (L-R) stand on stage ater being introduced for the Republican National Committee Presidential Primary Debate at the University of Houston's Moores School of Music Opera House on February 25, 2016 in Houston, Texas. The candidates are meeting for the last Republican debate before the Super Tuesday primaries on March 1. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
From left, Republican presidential candidates, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., businessman Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich listen to the U.S. national anthem before a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Moderator Wolf Blitzer (L) and US Republican Presidential Candidates (L-R) Ben Carson , Marco Rubio , Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich prepare for the Republican Presidential Debate at the University of Houston in Houston, Texas on February 25, 2016. / AFP / Thomas B. Shea (Photo credit should read THOMAS B. SHEA/AFP/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 25: Workers prepare for the Republican presidential candidates to meet at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston on February 25, 2016 in Houston, Texas. The debate is the last before the March 1 Super Tuesday primaries. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo-Pool/Getty Images )
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 25: Donald Trump (L) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) talk over each other in the Republican presidential debate at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston on February 25, 2016 in Houston, Texas. The debate is the last before the March 1 Super Tuesday primaries. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo-Pool/Getty Images )
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 25: Moderator Wolf Blitzer of CNN listens to the answers to a question during the Republican presidential debate at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston on February 25, 2016 in Houston, Texas. The debate is the last before the March 1 Super Tuesday primaries. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo-Pool/Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks during a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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Carson had complained earlier in the debate about not getting enough time.

When he was called on to answer a question about North Korea, Carson said, "People say that I whine a lot because I don't get time. I'm going to whine."

Carson continued by telling moderator Hugh Hewitt:

I didn't get asked about taxes. I didn't get asked about Israel. Hugh, you said you were going to fair to everybody, you didn't ask me about taxes. I had something to say about that.

Carson has been polling in the single digits in many states along with Ohio Gov. John Kasich. But Kasich became embroiled in more arguments on the debate stage Thursday night. Most of the debate focused on Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz feuding with Donald Trump, the GOP-frontrunner.

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