Transcript for Ben Carson: 'Certainly Willing' to Give Kanye West a Chance As President
from Florida. Good morning, Dr. Carson. Good morning. I want to ask you, is it good for the republican party as a whole that speaker Boehner is leaving? Well, you know, speaker Boehner has served our country for many years and I certainly don't see any reason to debten grate him in any way. It's time for new leadership. There's a lot of unrest and Philadelphia for the pontiff's werfpo mesulge osahopef . At S hwhe'about revtol oneais H final stop on the U.S. Announcer: From ABC news, "This week" with George stephanopoulos begins now. Good morning, I'm rtha Raddatz. As we come on the air this morning, we want to get to two stunning developments in the 2016 race. First, to the republicans, a new national NBC news/"wall street journal" poll revealing Donald Trump's once-formidable lead now gone. Dr. Ben Carson continuing to surge, now in a dead heat with trump. You see it right there, trump 21%, Carson at 20%. Another outsider Carly fiorina surging as well, now, tied with Marco Rubio for third. Poll, your reaction? Well, it kind of reflects what we have been seeing out on the roads, just tremendous crowds with enormous enthusiasm and I think it says a lot for the American people, they're not necessarily listening to the pundits, that they're starting to think for themselves. That's what it's going to take us to get off this track. Toward destruction that we're on. Let's talk about some of the issues. In a speech on Friday, you said many of the immigrants trying to cross the border into the U.S. Are hardened criminals from Iraq, Somalia and Russia. I haven't seen any figures that point to that, do you have evidencehat many are hardened criminals from those country? Well, I talked to a number of the sheriffs on the borders and they told me what kind of people are coming over, so, I'm not sure that I would trust, quite frankly, any figures coming from the government. Given the fact that they're the ones who are problematic. You know, a lot of these people who are captured, it's I.C.E. That comes along and say, you must release these people. They need to be working for the American people. I.c.e. Is working against the American people? I'm talking about our government working against the American people. I.c.e. Is causing the sheriffs who are putting their lives at risk are causing them to release these people and to our country. That doesn't make any sense. We don't have people at the border. They're 70 miles inland. Those fences are a joke. And we have had examples, like in yuma county, where we have been able to stop 97% of the illegal flow, and those programs they abolish, they don't want that. What is wrong with them? I want to go back to your controversial comments on the possibility of a Muslim president. The question seemed quite clear. The question was, should a president's faith mattered? You said, I guess it depends on what faith is. The question was, so, do you believe Islam is consistent with the constitution? You said, no, I did not. I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that. Do you stand by that now? Well, first of all, you know what I said is on a transcript and it's there for anybody to see. I'm Reading the I'm Reading the transcript. That's exactly what you said. Read the paragraph before that. If they accept American values and principles and are really to subbed Kate to the American people, I have no problem. Dr. Carson, it was really quite clear, "I would not advocate we put a Muslim in charge of this country." You also said, denounce sharia law. Well, let's -- we should be talking about Islam and the tenets of Islam. People who feel that a lot of people have been to sent to congress over the last few elections but nothing really has changed. They want to see some results. You called him a go along to get along type of guy. It's time to have leaders that put a stake in the ground. I think speaker Boehner would say that he did that several times and look where it got him? Well, a stake in the ground and, you know, the right type of communication with the members and, you kw, he may have served very well for that time, but this is a different time. And it's time probably to move on. Well, let's turn to the big news this morning for you, and that NBC news/"wall street journal" poll, you're neck and neck with Donald Trump. Rising fourth place in July, doubling your support in this rights of gays, and a host of things that aren't compatible with our constitution, why in fact would you take that chance? That's one of the reasons -- Dr. Carson, I want to get through several topics. Forgive me for interrupting. I want to turn to migrant crisis. Bringing in people from middle east right now carries extra danger and we cannot put our people at risk because we're trying to be politically correct. Let's imagine some of those refugees get into the United States, they need to have probable cause to track cell phones, do you think in some instances religion should be enough for probable cause? I personally don't feel that way, but I would be willing to listen to someone who had evidence to the contrary. And I want to ask you a question about China, you said in an op-ed recently, we should retaliate against China for large-scale cyberattacks. Are you saying offensive cyber attacks against China? I'm saying anyone who attacks us in the cyberspace, they need to understand that there will be consequences for that. You know, we can't just sit around and talk about it. That's going to be one of the real factors in the future, not only that, but we have to harden our grid, we have to have several layers of all alternate energy, we have to get back into space. He who controls space will control the Earth. You know there are a lot of things we have to do. We have to take a strong stance. Strength is really the defense against aggressiveness by others. And just one final question, Kanye west told an interviewer earlier this month that, when he heard you speak, he thought that you were the most brilliant guy and he tried to call you. First of all, I want to know whether, have you gotten in touch over the last few weeks? Did you get in touch the last few weeks? Would you like him to help out with your campaign? Well, I did have an opportunity to talk with him. I was extremely impressed with his business acumen. He knows a lot about business. And I talked with him about the possibility of himself and some of the other people in the pop culture doing some music that might be uplifting, that might give young women a sense of their value and young men a sense of responsibility. I think it could be a tremendous thing in our society. Do you think he would be a good president some day, 2020? Well, I'm certainly willing to give him a chance. We'll see. He'll be able to explain things and sees if he resonates with the people. Okay, thank you for joining us, Dr. Carson. A pleasure.
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