PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson responded to numerous political attacks, specifically from Donald Trump calling him ‘low energy,’ questions about his religion and to critics who say he lacks political experience to effectively serve as Commander-in-Chief.
Carson, talking with Rich Zeoli on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT, said he will continue to ignore Trump’s provocations.
“It doesn’t bother me in the slightest. I used to get drawn into that kind of thing when I was in grade school. I’ve moved beyond that…I’d like to see him come out and do what I’m doing: signing 5 or 6,000 books a day, going from book store dealing with these enormous crowds for hours at a time.”
He did, however, expound on his religious beliefs after Trump attempted for raise doubts about his membership in a Seventh-Day Adventist church.
“I’m not a highly religious person, I will tell you that. I belong to that denomination but it’s really about your relationship with God, your faith in God. It is a Christian denomination. We believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins and is our savior and we believe in the entirety of the Bible. That’s the reason that Seventh-Day Adventists worship on Saturday instead of Sunday, but I worship everyday. There’s nothing in the Bible that ever says the Sabbath was switched from Saturday to Sunday, so that’s why Seventh-Day Adventists believe that. I don’t have any animosity toward anybody. They can worship any day that they want to as long as they have that relationship with God because I think that’s what determines your relationship with your fellow man and with the world.”
In terms of experience, Carson insists his career as a neurosurgeon has equipped him with all the problem solving skills necessary to be President.
“Life gives you experience. It’s the political class that is trying to convince everybody that they’re the only ones who can solve problems. Problem solving cuts across all kinds of different areas and I, simply, don’t agree with that. Our system was designed for citizen-statesmen, not for career politicians.”
He also took a swipe at the media for attempting to investigate stories he recounted from his youth and pulling up quotes from speeches he’s previously delivered.
“They’re desperate and I understand their desperation. They’re looking for a scandal. They can’t find one, so what did he say here? They’re just desperate. I don’t think people are buying what they’re saying, to be honest with you.”