Transcript for Dr. Ben Carson Fears for Future of US Without Change in Direction
Now, the man gaining on Donald Trump in the polls, Dr. Ben Carson joins us from south Carolina. Good morning, Dr. Carson, did you ever expect to be in this position, Bernie sanders another outsider readily admits he's been stunned by his own climb, what do you make of the Numbers? Well, you know, I find that people, once they have an actual opportunity to hear what I have to say and get an explanation of it, frequently agree and, you know, part of the problem is, we live in a sound bite society and people will take one phrase or two praises and then they try to portray the person as that. Who has no other ability to think about any other aspects. Which of course is not true. When I get in front of people and they have a chance to hear something this depth, it makes a difference. Polls in Iowa show that you actually like you better, think you're honesty and trustworthy, but Donald Trump is still beating you, so, what are they missing? Time. You know, it's a marathon it's not a sprint. And that's why we have this elongated process, I think it will serve us well in the end. How can you convince a voter, who is now supporting Donald Trump -- this brash, outspoken, irreverent man, somebody who seems to say anything and get away with it -- how do you, the soft-spoken and reverent candidate, convince those voters, those trump supporters, that you are a better candidate? Well, not specifically going after trump supporters, you know, I'm going after everybody in America. Because, you know, we live in very perilous times, our country is in grave danger, and if we don't begin to change our direction and change our attitude, I think we may not survive into the future and we have to look out for the future of our children and our grandchildren. So, I'm not specifically targeting my remarks at any one person but rather at the situation that we find ourselves in. Well, Dr. Carson, there were a lot of stories this week about something you said about Donald Trump's faith. Let me pla shredded Reagan's amendment. Thou shalt not speak ill of any republican. Donald Trump on Carly fiorina in "Rolling stone" magazine. "Look at that face, would anyone vote for that?" Cklash that came. Maybe I'm getting under his skin a little bit because I'm climbing in the polls. Reporter: Bob jinbydal at trump. Trump is a narcissist. Reporter: Even been Carson, a close second to trump, got into the act, questioning trump's commitment to god. And that's a very big part of who I am, humili andty fear of the lord. I don't get that impression with him. Said about you just yesterday in Iowa. I don't think Ben has the energy, Ben is a nice man but when you're negotiating against China, we need people that are really smart, that have tremendous dealmaking skills and that have great, great energy. That doesn't bother you at all? No, it doesn't bother me, because I recognize that I have plenty of energy. You know, operating on people for 10, 12, sometimes greater than 20 hours at a time, making critical decisions after many hours of intense work. But, Dr. Carson -- Having unexpected situations come up. You don't have to be loud to be energetic. You actually apologized to Mr. Trump about your comments about his faith. Part of being president is to use the bully pulpit to lobby congress, challenge opponents, can you do that? I don't think I would have any trouble at all doing that. But when you do something that's inappropriate, I think it's appropriate to apologize for it. Why do you believe you, a neurosurgeon and you're certainly a talented neurosurgeon, are the one who should be president of the most powerful country on Earth and the commander in chief? Well, neurosurgeon is not the only thing that I am. Although, I will tell you that it requires quite a lot of knowledge to become a neurosurgeon and you're not going to have very many dumb people become neurosurgeons. I will tell you that. But I have also spent decades in the business world. Dr. Carson, let me ask you then, how would you handle the refugee crisis right now? I would recognize that bringing in people from the middle east right now carries extra danger, and we have to be extra cautious. You know, we need to tighten it up and be very careful, because we cannot put our people at risk because we're trying to be politically correct. Thanks very much, Dr. Carson.
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