Ben Carson watches the pope’s speech, as does fellow Republican presidential contender Chris Christie (left). Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
You’d think that someone like the Republican candidate and neurosurgeon Ben Carson, surrounded by controversy for saying he did not want a Muslim president, might double down. He kind of did, just not on that, as Ben reports:
It sounded good. It sounded like he was talking about things that are generally uplifting: life, environment – things that anyone should be able to agree with.
I didn’t understand what he was saying about climate change. I certainly agree that any intelligent person will try to take care of the environment – not just for themselves, for others.
As far as the death penalty was concerned, I think that’s a civil issue and as such I think the people in the region should make their own decisions.
We’re a country of immigrants. We’ve always accepted immigrants, but obviously we have to be careful the way we do.
I think it’s very reasonable because, really, he’s talking about things which hopefully transcend partisanship – things we should all be thinking about.