The 2015 GOP debate proved to be just as useless as the candidates. While we expected Ben Carson to say something asinine, no one was expecting this answer to the first question of the night. Each candidate was asked what their weakness was and Carson blew it:
Probably in terms of the applying for the job of president, a weakness would be not really seeing myself in that position until hundreds of thousands of people began to tell me that I needed to do it. I do, however, believe in Reagan’s 11th commandment, and will not be engaging in awful things about my compatriots here.
This debate was complete nonsense. Did anyone answer a single question…in it’s entirety? For instance. When asked about his flat tax plan of 10 percent taxes, and the fact that the math doesn’t work, Carson said “we got it wrong”:
Well, first of all, I didn’t say that the rate would be 10 percent. I used the tithing analogy. The rate — the rate — the rate is gonna be much closer to 15 percent.
Moderator Becky Quick then went on to point out that even 15 percent still leaves a $1.1 trillion hole. She stated that in order to make his numbers add up, there would need to be a 40 percent government cut. Which Carson adamantly denied:
When — when we put all the facts down, you’ll be able to see that it’s not true, it works out very well.
Carson had the floor, why not lay out the facts now? This leads me to believe he doesn’t have one. Why would he? He zero experience in politics and zero business running for president.
There seems to be few instances in the debate where Carson totally contradicted himself. One was when he was asked about his 10 year involvement with Mannatech, which manufactures nutritional supplements that claimed to cure autism and cancer but ended up paying $7 million to settle a lawsuit for deceptive marketing in Texas. Carson was asked why he continued to be involved even after all this.
Well, that’s easy to answer. I didn’t have an involvement with them. That is total propaganda, and this is what happens in our society. Total propaganda.
I did a couple of speeches for them, I do speeches for other people. They were paid speeches. It is absolutely absurd to say that I had any kind of a relationship with them.
Do I take the product? Yes. I think it’s a good product.
WTF? He said he had no involvement and blamed propaganda for the outlandish notion that he had any involvement, yet admits to liking their products and doing several paid speeches. He just proved that he was more that just involved. He endorsed them!
Another example of him contradicting himself was when it came to the issue of gay marriage:
Well, obviously, you don’t understand my views on homosexuality. I believe that our Constitution protects everybody, regardless of their sexual orientation or any other aspect. I also believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. And there is no reason that you can’t be perfectly fair to the gay community.
How did any of what he just said translate into fairness?
All in all, Carson’s performance lacked enthusiasm, facts, and any evidence that he actually had a solid plan to govern this country. It seems the only sane thing to come out of Carson’s mouth last night was his inability to see himself as president. That’s something we can all agree on.
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