Chris Wallace to Ben Carson: Wouldn’t putting you in the Oval Office be akin to a politician doing brain surgery?

Chris Wallace asked a bold and unexpected question of Dr. Ben Carson on “Fox News Sunday.”

“I’m going to be transparent here,” Wallace said. ” You and I are friends, I have great regard for you, and we’ve had this question I’m about to ask you we’ve talked about in private, but after looking at Barack Obama, and what’s happened with his lack of political experience over this last six years, wouldn’t putting Ben Carson in the Oval Office be akin to putting a politician in an operating room and having him perform one of your brain surgeries?”

“I don’t think so, ” Carson replied. “I think what is required for leadership is wisdom and the ability to assemble an appropriate team, ability to listen and an ability to make wise decisions. And we also have to recognize what I said a little bit earlier. Our system was designed by our founders, with the people in mind, and with the will of the people in mind. Not with the will of the government. If you want the will of the government, yes, you need people who spend their whole lives in politics, and they are people who are much more likely to be able to impose the will of the government, but I don’t think that that’s what we need. And Jefferson said when things got so bad the people would actually make a correction. I think it’s time to make that correction now.”

Earlier in the show Wallace asked Carson what he thought about Eric Holder and the legacy the resigning Attorney General would leave.

DR. BEN CARSON, FORMER PEDIATRIC NEUROSURGEON: Well, you know, I’ve had the opportunity to become acquainted with him even many years before he became an attorney general. He’s very intelligent and winning personality. However, the position of attorney general is supposed to be a blind position. That’s why liberty symbol has a blindfold on. And he happens to be in my opinion very, very partisan with an agenda. So his legacy will be that of an attorney general who brings an agenda to what is supposed to be an office where people are blinded.

WALLACE: The reverend Al Sharpton says that he’s reaching out to the White House to give them advice on who Holder’s successor should be, and in fact Sharpton was also the point person for the White House during the Ferguson riots. Do you think that President Obama should be listening to Al Sharpton?

CARSON: I think he probably should listen to a wide variety of people. He shouldn’t have a select group. And you need to hear opinions from everyone, but recognize that the position of attorney general is supposed to be a nonpartisan position and it’s supposed to be the highest authority with reference to what is legal and not legal in our nation, and is supposed to enforce things in an objective way. So that means you need to have everyone’s input, and not just a particular ideological group.


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