Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson said Sunday that the 2016 presidential election might not happen due to anarchy.
His remarks on “Fox News Sunday” followed an interview two days earlier on Fox News Radio, during which he speculated that there may be no election because “there may be so much anarchy going on.”
“Because you have to recognize that we have a rapidly increasing national debt, a very unstable financial foundation and you have all these things going on like the ISIS crisis that could very rapidly change things that are going on in our nation,” he said.
Adding to the anarchy, Carson said, is the fact that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has more than 300 bills waiting on his desk that he won’t bring to the floor for a vote.
“There’s no telling what could happen in just a matter of a couple of years,” Carson said.
While Carson has not formally stated his intention to run in 2016, he placed second in a straw poll this weekend among Republicans at the Value Voters Summit. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz won.
Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, admitted that it would be easier not to run, since he has enough money to stop working.
“Given the state of our nation, looking at what’s going on and understanding that sometimes we’re called to do things that we don’t want to do because we have to do them,” he said.
And he sought to allay fears that he lacks any political experience, saying it isn’t necessary for a president.
“I think what is required for leadership is wisdom and the ability to assemble an appropriate team,” he said. “An ability to listen and an ability to make wise decisions.”