Carson Urges Peaceful Dialogue on Planned Parenthood in Wake of Colorado Springs Shooting

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And Ben Carson joins us now from Jordan. Good morning, Dr. Carson. We'll get to your trip in a moment. But first, your reaction to what happened in Colorado Springs. Well, obviously, any hate crime is a horrible thing. No matter from where it comes and should be condemned very strongly. Dr. Carson, the planned parenthood rocky mountain's Vicki Cowart said extremists are creating a poisonous environment that feeds domestic terrorism in this country. Do you agree with that? Unfortunately, there's a lot of extremism coming from all of the areas. One of the biggest areas I think that's threatening to tear our country apart. We get into our separate corners and we hate each other, we want to destroy those who we disagree. That comes from both sides. There's no saint here in this equation. But what we have to start asking ourselves is, what can we do as a nation to rectify this situation? How can we begin to engage in rational discussion? All you have to do is go to an article on the internet and go to the comments section, you don't get five comments down before people start calling each other names and abouting like idiots. What happened to us? What happened to the civility that used to characterize our society? And you're in Jordan right now and have had quite the trip to visit refugees, what have you learned about refugees that you didn't know before? Well, I was very pleasantly surprised to see how welcoming they are. I had an opportunity to talk to many of the Syrian refugees and ask them, what is your supreme desire? And it was pretty uniform. They want to go back home, obviously, and I said, what kind of things could a nation like the United States do that would be helpful to you? And again, I was a little bit surprised with the answer. Because it wasn't what we're hearing a lot. We're hearing that they all want to come here to the united States. That's not what they want. They want to go back home. They said the United States and other nations could be much more supportive of the efforts manifested by the Jordanians in taking in people, at a lot of expense to themselves. They can't continue that without the help of the international community. You know, you look at last month, we spent $3 billion on Halloween candy, that's the amount of money that's needed to bridge the shortfall for a year that they're having in Jordan with the refugees. Dr. Carson, we spend more than $4 billion in humanitarian aid, to Jordan for the refugees, so what more could they possibly be doing? Well, you know, you have to go there and see for yourself. But you can see there are a lot of individual modules that they have created for their families, they're in the process of trying to get electricity to all of them, getting pluming to all of them, and they have taken in millions of people. For us to bring 10,000 or 25,000 people over here, that doesn't solve the problem. I mean, we need to look at real solutions for the problem and not things that make us feel Dr. Carson, I have been to the refugee camps and found the same thing, they want to go either back to Syria, which doesn't look possible at this point, or they want to go somewhere else. They want jobs. Do you welcome them into America now, has anything changed your mind? Well, when you say, you know, they want to escape the refugee camps, the main reason that any of them want to escape the refugee camps is because there's not adequate support there for them. If there were adequate support, it would be a completely different story and we can provide that adequate support -- The people I talked to, they don't want to stay there. They don't want to stay there permanently, they want to be repatriated into their own country. Is that going to be easier from a neighboring country or from the United States? Dr. Carson, by taking this trip in the middle of the campaign, are you acknowledging that you weren't quite prepared to be commander in chief? I'm acknowledging that I like to know what I'm talking about. It's the same situation when I went this summer down to the border of Mexico. And, you know, I knew that there were problems there, but to be actually able to talk to the farmers who are being harassed and to the sheriffs and sheriff's deputies who are frustrated after risking their lives and then been told by I.C.E. You must release these people. Seeing a fence with holes cut in it that people can easily go through, and that's barrier. It's good to see things for yourself so you can begin to formulate the right kind of policies with the right information. So, what are the right kind of policies for those Syrian refugees, should America be taking some of those refugees? I believe that the right policy is to support the refugee program that is in place, that works extremely well but does not have aid adequate funding. If you do that, you solve that problem without exposing the American people to a population that could be infiltrated with terrorists who want to destroy us. If you can eliminate the possibility of terrorists infiltrating them and wanting to destroy us you would have a different argument. But I don't see that being eliminated. Do you think there were terrorists among those refugees who you talked to? I don't know whether there were or not. But I do know that the Isis' terrorists have said that if we bring refugees that they would infiltrate them and why wouldn't they? And I want to ask you quickly about Isis. I was in Iraq last week. I was in the air combat command center. Would you like to see the rules of engagement loosen? One of the things they told me, they aim for zero civilian casualties. And sole purpose Isis structure. Should that change? What I would really like to see is an administration that really seriously sits down with our experts in that region and would ask them, what is needed in order to accomplish our goal of eliminating this group of terrorists? That's what I would really like to see. So, you don't know whether or not you would rules of engagement -- Those of us who are not experts in that area can sit around all day long talking about, oh, we should do this and we should do that. Why don't we listen to the people who are the experts in that area, find out what it is they need. And our decision should be, do we really want to give them what they need? Or continue playing around like we are. Okay, thanks very much, Dr. Carson.

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