Dr. Ben Carson defended President Barack Obama Sunday against criticism that he was too inexperienced to be president. Speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Carson went on to suggest that certain scientific ideas, like evolution, are “just propaganda.”
The retired surgeon and possible long-shot for the Republican presidential nomination challenged the familiar Republican critique that Obama was too inexperienced to lead the country when he was elected. “I’m not sure that the criticism of President Obama is accurate,” Carson said, adding that the president “wanted to accomplish fundamental change in America, [and] I think he’s done quite a bit of that and he seems to know how to execute these missions.”
The praise for Obama was clearly tactical: Carson has never run for elected office, which makes him vulnerable to similar criticisms. But a lack of experience hasn’t stopped Carson from making inroads into the national political landscape, emerging in recent years as a conservative darling of the GOP. On Saturday, Carson received 11.4 percent of the vote in a straw poll at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, placing fourth overall and besting former Florida Republican Gov. Jeb Bush, the presumed 2016 frontrunner, by more than 3 points.
SOURCE: Christina Wilkie