Nashville, TN – America needs a president with a track record of accomplishments rather than a blaring voice, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said February 26 at Proclaim 16, the NRB International Christian Media Convention.
The ground-breaking neurosurgeon told attendees at the NRB annual meeting he intends to stay in the race as long as he has the support of the many people who wanted him to run in the first place.
Carson and Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, were the two candidates who accepted invitations to back-to-back, hour-long sessions in the Presidential Candidates Forum at the NRB Convention. In addition to the audience at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, others were later able to watch or listen to the forums on NRBTV and the Salem Media Group, co-sponsors of the sessions. The forums were also broadcast on C-SPAN.
At the close of his session, Carson – who finds himself trailing far behind Donald Trump in the GOP race -- said Americans “have to wake up” to avoid a general election campaign between Democrat Hillary Clinton and the brash, outspoken billionaire, a choice Carson described as “a horrible situation to be in.”
The American people “have to recognize that strength is not determined by the volume with which you say something, but is really determined by the life that you have led,” Carson said. “And we need a very strong president who has led a life that demonstrates the ability to put together complex teams, to accomplish things that have never been done before. But you don’t have to yell about it, you just have to do it.”
Carson led the Republican polls in early November but is fifth in the delegate count and fourth or fifth in polling as Super Tuesday nears. The biggest day of the primary election season occurs March 1, when the GOP holds primaries in nine states – seven in the South – and caucuses in five.
He entered the campaign for the presidency only after a groundswell of requests from Americans following his address at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast, Carson told forum moderator Eric Metaxas, well-known radio talk show host and author. Millions of people have encouraged him to remain in the race, he said.
“[A] couple of months ago I was at the top of the polls,” Carson said. “Nothing has changed about my message. The only thing that changed was the secular progressives and the media started looking at the polls in the head-to-head against Hillary, and they realized I was way out ahead of her.”
“[O]ur timing and God’s timing are very different,” Carson said. “And as long as I continue to receive support from the people, I will continue to fight for them.”
Some secular progressives are seeking to “undermine the principles that made America great and substitute them with their principles,” while some on the “quote ‘conservative side’ have been compromised,” he told the Convention audience.
“[E]ven though they call themselves conservatives, they are much more interested in being accepted by the general approval of media people, and that means that you have to compromise some of the values that are traditional Christian values,” Carson said.
He won’t compromise on what he finds in God’s Word, he said. “I would much rather be in good shape with Him than in good shape with them.”
Carson said he would choose the Republican in a Clinton-Trump faceoff, warning, “[Y]ou have to recognize if we get somebody like Hillary Clinton in office, who gets two to four Supreme Court picks, America as we know it is gone. We have just dealt our children and our grandchildren a deathblow.”
Regarding Trump, Carson said, “[I]t may not be the total disaster that we anticipate, if he’s willing to get the right kind of people to help.”
When asked by Metaxas about the threat to religious liberty, Carson said the government “must preserve the right of people to live according to their faith.”
On the right of Christians and others in business to decline work at same-sex weddings, he, as president, “would really encourage [Congress] to come up with legislation that protects the livelihood and the freedom of people who believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. There’s no reason that those people should be persecuted in our society.”
Carson also answered questions from Star Parker, President of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE), and Roy Beck, President of NumbersUSA, which addresses the country’s level of immigration. CURE and NumbersUSA co-sponsored the forums.
In response to a question from Parker, the African-American candidate called himself a “vociferous opponent” of Planned Parenthood because of the eugenicist views of its Founder, Margaret Sanger. Planned Parenthood is the country’s leading abortion provider and was revealed in undercover videos last year to trade in baby body parts.
“You know, when Hillary Clinton comes on and says that Margaret Sanger is one of her heroes, wow, that really makes me wonder what kind of person she really is,” Carson said. Planned Parenthood’s selling of body parts is “criminal activity,” and the organization should lose its federal funding, he said.
Carson told Beck the country’s immigration policy needs to be revamped.
As part of combating illegal immigration, he would penalize countries of origin to gain their interest in where their citizens have gone. “The more people you have with skin in the game, the more likely you are going to be able to enforce things,” he said.
Carson also answered questions on poverty and Social Security.
By Tom Strode
Published: February 29, 2016