Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson says he would not “advocate” a Muslims to be president of the United States, arguing their faith was inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution.
SEA ISLAND, GEORGIA, UNITED STATES (SEPTEMBER 19, 2015) (NBC) – Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson aired on Sunday (September 20) said Muslims were unfit to be president of the United States, arguing their faith was inconsistent with American principles.
“I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that,” Carson told NBC’s “Meet the Press” in an interview conducted on Saturday (September 19).
Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who has been near the top of opinion polls for the crowded field of Republican candidates, said he thought a U.S. president’s faith should be “consistent with the Constitution.”
Asked if he thought Islam met this bar, Carson said: “No, I do not.”
Carson gave up some ground in a CNN/ORC poll released on Sunday, slipping to third place from second with 14 percent of support. Sixteen Republicans are seeking the party’s nomination for the U.S. presidential election in November 2016.
The CNN/ORC poll showed real estate mogul Donald Trump continues to lead the Republican contest with the support of 24 percent of registered voters, down from 32 percent in a previous poll. Former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina surged into second place with 15 percent support.