|Dr. Ben Carson|
On his latest appearance on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, Dr. Ben Carson vetted a few questions as a potential presidential candidate.
After reminding the audience of his friendship with Carson, and their prior discussion on the subject, Wallace suggested that Dr. Ben Carson does not have the required experience to run for President:
After looking at Barack Obama, and what's happened with his lack of political experience over these 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?
Carson disagreed with the comparison, citing the examples of the Founding Fathers, who were not politicians, but citizen-statesmen, who returned to their professions after serving in Congress or in the White House.
I don't think so. I think what is required for leadership is wisdom and the ability to assemble an appropriate team, the ability to listen, and the 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 much more like to be able to impose the will of the government. But I don't think that's what we need. And Jefferson said, that when things would actually get so bad, the people would make the correction. I think it's time to make that correction now.
Dr. Ben Carson rose to conservative stardom following his open speech on the political climate at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast. His frank criticisms of President Obama's policies and the partisan gridlock earned him immediate as well as ongoing stardom among conservative activists and Tea Party affiliates. A growing movement is petitioning for Carson to run for President.
Such questions like Wallace's will become more frequent and forthcoming, especially after the November elections.