“I think a lot of people who work on Capitol Hill are familiar with Muslims but don’t know a lot about Islam,” he said. “There’s a curiosity factor.”
Carson has enjoyed past Congressional Ramadan events and was also a guest at the White House iftar dinner. The events “present an opportunity not only to broaden your palate,” he said with a laugh, “but really mix and mingle with other people and really listen to their story.”
Carson spends Ramadan focusing on personal purification and helping those in need.
“One of the principles of fasting is to really make one sensitive to the poor and less fortunate,” he said. “I think it does a lot for the ego.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.