Carson: 'I'm Out of Here,' if Republican Leadership Engages in Backroom Deals

The GOP candidate discusses the state of his campaign with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos.
7:18 | 12/13/15

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Transcript for Carson: 'I'm Out of Here,' if Republican Leadership Engages in Backroom Deals
Let's go now to Dr. Ben Carson, he joins us now from Florida. You've seen those poll Numbers, what do you think went wrong? Well, you know, poll Numbers go up and down. I wasn't excited when they're up, I'm not excited when they're down. You know, this is a very fluid contest and it's the reason we have it. We have opportunities for people to listen carefully, you know, not to listen to the spin but actually listen to what's being said. The people will make the correct choice. Ted Cruz thinks he knows what went wrong. In that tape we showed in the piece, not only went after trump but questioned what voters think about you. Let's listen. Who is prepared to be a commander-in-chief, who understands the threats we face? Who am I comfortable having their finger on the button? That's a question of strength but it's also a question of judgment and I think that's a question that's a challenging question for both of them. How do you respond to that analysis from Ted Cruz? Well, you know, we all have had different types of experiences. There's no question I haven't spent a lot of time asking for big money and going to cocktail parties. I spent many a night in the operating room, cold sterile place, with a little child's life on the line. Working very hard to preserve that. That's a very different kind of experience. Lots of 2:00 A.M. In the morning calls. Do you think that's the extent of Ted Cruz's experience, schmoozing, going to cocktail parties? I think he has a different experience. More of a politician's experience, and I have a healer's experience. And it's a different kind of experience. The fact of the matter is, you know, I have had a lot of experience in corporate America, I have worked with a lot of CEOs and one of things that I recognize, a good CEO doesn't necessarily know everything but he gets a lot of people around him -- he has a vice president of hr, of finance, of mergers and acquisitions, et cetera, and uses them in an appropriate way. There's no way I or anyone else running is an expert in every area. But do you know how to use the people around you? Do you have wisdom and judgment? That is demonstrated by the life that you have led. You know, you have been making that point for several weeks, it doesn't seem to be working. Your poll Numbers continue to fall. Are you going to have to try something different? No, I will hopefully people will determine at some point, do we want to continue down the road that we have been going down for a long period of time? Or, are we going to stop in you have know, when it coms to experience in congress, you got almost 9,000 years worth of it, I don't know if that's the correct answer at least that kind of experience. You know, you had some strong words for party leaders responding to that story that Jon Karl mentioned, to stop someone like trump or perhaps you and you then put out a statement saying, if this was a beginning of a plan to subvert the will of voters and replace it with the will of the political elite, I assure you Donald Trump will not be the only one leaving the party. One of the reasons I got into this is because I heard the frustration in people who are so tired of back room deals, of dishonesty, and you know, if that's the case, you know, I'm out of here. I have subsequently spoken to reince preibus. We told me those are routine meetings. But, you know, the jury is out. We'll be keeping a close eye on things. Lot of reaction to Donald Trump's comments about barring husband lims' entry to America. Marco Rubio called it offensive. Jeb bush said trump appeared unhinged. Did you find these comments offensive? Well, those are probably not comments I would have used. I understand the concept of, you know, not letting people in until they are well screened. I just wouldn't do on the basis of religion. But it makes absolutely perfect sense for us to start doing something now and not just let people in, you know, this whole Syrian thing, you know, when I was over there, nobody wanted to come here, they wanted to be resettled in their own country, and there are adequate ways to do that and take care of them in Jordan. If we needed to take them, that would be a different story. There's millions of them. That's just a band-aid to make some people feel good. But your campaign has some inconsistent statements on this broader issue. On Monday, put out a statement, every visiting our country should register and be monitor during their stay. On Tuesday, you told CNN, that idea is ridiculous. Do you understand how that flip in 24 hours might give voters pause? It's not a flip. Because you have to listen to what I said when I talked about monitoring. What I said is, when I go into another country, they want to know where I'm going, what address I'm going to be staying at, how long I'm going to be there, I'm not talking about following them around with the FBI. You just want them to lay out their itinerary? Yeah, I mean, we should be able to find them. We should know what they're doing here. But won't a terrorist just lie? Well, again, we're going to have to be a little smarter. I mean, you probably have seen some of the questions they ask in the screening. Have you been a terrorist or are you planning a terrorist attack? Give me a break, why don't we go to Israelis and ask them how they do it. Why do we have to reinvent the wheel? You have said that Islam is not consistent with the constitution, what do you mean by that? If you accept all the premises, including sharia, which places other religions in a subservient position, which imposes things like death on homosexuals, et cetera. These things aren't consistent with the American constitution. So, if somebody believes in Islam and they're willing to reject those portions openly, I don't have a problem with that. But if they're not willing to reject them, then it's not consistent with what we're doing here, and all you have to do is go back to the holy land foundation trial and look at the explanatory memorandum that was brought up there that shows the agenda of the Muslim brotherhood in America was, people need to know this stuff. Dr. Carson, thank you very much for your time this morning.

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