Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, appearing on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday morning, told host Chuck Todd that faith matters when it comes to choosing a president, and that he would not “advocate” for a president of the Muslim faith because its beliefs are inconsistent with America’s constitutional principles of freedom and limited government.
Dr. Carson said that faith absolutely matters when choosing a president, especially if that faith is not aligned with the U.S. Constitution.
“Should a president’s faith matter? Should your faith matter to voters?” Chuck Todd asked Dr. Carson.
“Well, I guess it would matter what that faith is,” Carson answered. “If it’s inconsistent with the values and principles of America, then of course it should matter. But if it fits within the realm of America and consistent with the Constitution, no problem,” he explained.
“So, do you believe that Islam is consistent with the Constitution?” Todd asked in a follow-up question.
“No, I do not. I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely do not agree with that,” Carson boldly answered.