We here at LwC have always had a soft spot for Ben Carson. Seriously, just take a click and read. He’s such a nice guy. Like a cuddly teddy bear… if said cuddly teddy bear were raised in Detroit and once stabbed someone in the belt buckle.
More of a reformed, cuddly, teddy bear really. But hey, we all make mistakes.
“Would you be ever open to a VP spot?” asked Fox Business host Neil Cavuto.
“I would have to have major philosophical alignment with whoever it was,” Carson responded. “I would have to have guarantees that I could do some substantial things.”
Cavuto asked whether that applied to Donald Trump as well. “I certainly would sit down and discuss it,” Carson replied.
When pressed by Cavuto, Carson declined to say who wouldn’t be vice president for. “Rather than get into that, let’s say as long as there is significant philosophical alignment, I wouldn’t have any problem,” he said.
Dang it this guy is nice. Trump’s never even apologized for comparing him to a pathological liar who molests children, and Carson is still willing to let bygones be bygones. Makes me take a long hard look at myself. I don’t know if I’m as forgiving. But I know I should strive to be. Oh Ben, good on you for making me feel bad about myself.
There is an important takeaway here, when asked to get down into the mud, or to pick favorites, Carson politely declines and softly but firmly states his stance.
“I would have to have major philosophical alignment with whoever it was,”
That means (or should mean) that regardless of the candidate, Carson would only work for someone he believed to be principled. How often do you hear someone answer like that? He just threw caution to the wind, dumped strategy on it’s head and said that so long as the principles are in line, Ben Carson’s cool with it. If they’re not? Don’t expect him to be on your team. For all of the “blunt talk” that people love about Trump, sometimes it’s easy to miss just how direct Ben Carson can be. He just happens to be openly direct in a very polite way. By golly, that’s just refreshing.
You know why Dr. Ben Carson is able to answer this way? Because he’s one of the best freaking neurosurgeons the world has ever seen. He genuinely doesn’t need the job of President or VP. Regardless of where you line up, it’s nice to see someone who feels called to run for office, rather than entitled to it. Carson has had some blunders for sure, but he’s been remarkably consistent in his approach and his views. I guess that’s all he can do, and allow the chips to fall where they may.
Still, he’s so damn cuddly. We’ve been playing on the “Dr. Ben Carson is insanely nice” string for a while. Watch the clip below.