Carson: I have 'most experience' with life and death decisions

Carson: I have 'most experience' with life and death decisions
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Republican Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonHUD watchdog finds no misconduct by Carson in furniture controversy: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump ousts Bolton; GOP exhales after win in NC On The Money: Senate spending talks go off the rails | Trump officials vow to reform Fannie, Freddie if Congress doesn't act | Majority in poll see recession on the way MORE argued Sunday that he has the record to challenge terrorism as president, saying that among the 2016 presidential contenders he has the “most experience” making life or death decisions.

The former neurosurgeon dismissed his sliding poll numbers as attention has shifted towards national security in the wake of attacks in Paris and California, as well as criticism of his lack of a foreign policy record. Rather, he contended his surgical background proves he can handle the weightiest decisions.


“You have to look at a person’s lifetime experiences,” Carson said on “Fox News Sunday.” “Of all the people running, I’ve probably had the most experience making critical life and death decisions. Probably far more 2 a.m. calls than anyone else.”

Carson went on to say that his record can stand up against any GOP challengers.

“It’s not necessarily the one that shouts the loudest,” he said. “There’s nobody running that has a great deal of international experience except for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump's economic approval takes hit in battleground states: poll This is how Democrats will ensure Trump's re-election The Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico MORE, and you see where that has led.”

Asked about how to deal with the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS), Carson did not delve into specifics but said a comprehensive approach is required.

“We need not kowtow to them. This is America, and we need to have a definitive and powerful strategy to defeat them,” he said. “There is no magic bullet. It’s going to have to be a conglomerate of things we’re going to have to do.”

He added that Americans should not be criticized for flagging people or actions they see as suspicious, pushing back against the notion that such behavior could be seen as intolerant.

“We have to stop demonizing people who are trying to be good citizens,” he said.