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SANDY SPRINGS, GA -- An Atlanta-based political consultant has a new job: foreign policy adviser to Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson.

George Birnbaum has been a political consultant for years – much of it overseas. He was chief of staff to Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu. Now the Sandy Springs political consultant is advising Ben Carson, the neurosurgeon and relative political newcomer who has slipped in the polls of late.

Part of Carson's problem has been articulating answers to questions on foreign policy. Despite that, Birnbaum contends that Carson has what he calls an impressive depth of knowledge on foreign policy, particularly the Middle East.

His job will be to make best use of that. "My role really is not to educate Dr. Carson. He's an educated man and has a great amount of knowledge on the issue," Birnbaum said Thursday. "My job is to maybe hone in on some specifics, and let him take that information and filter it in a way that he can express in terms of his own policy and his own vision."

Birnbaum says he believes Carson's candidacy will endure until the Republican convention next summer. He expects the "fear" that he says drives Donald Trump's campaign to give way to the more hopeful message Carson delivers.

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