The country would benefit if more medical doctors, engineers and scientists took a more active role in politics, Dr. Ben Carson said on Newsmax TV
's "America's Forum" on Monday.
"These are people who have been trained to make decisions based on evidence, based on facts and not ideology," Carson said. "So generally speaking when you present facts to people like that, it has an impression on them. It makes no impression whatsoever on ideologues. They say, 'Oh, we don't care about the facts, or we only care about our set of facts.'"
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Though Carson, a neurosurgeon, declined to say whether he plans to enter the 2016 race for the White House, he said his recently formed Super PAC USA First will ensure "we can support those individuals who think logically."
"We're at a critical point in our nation where we are either going to go in one direction toward the utopian society that so many have tried before that always ends up looking the same with a few elites at the top a rapidly diminishing middle class and a greatly expanded dependent class, or we're going to move back to self-reliance, compassion, and a nation that is for, of and by the people," he said.
Hosts John Bachman and Miranda Khan said that forming a Super PAC is often a preliminary move by someone seeking the presidency. Carson said he is "jumping in."
"I'm jumping in right now in terms of being in multiple states every week talking to large groups of people," Carson said. "I'm just trying to make sure that Americans are awake and that they make decisions that are appropriate and consistent with their beliefs and that they don't allow themselves to be manipulated because that's what's going on right now."
Carson plugged his new book, "One Nation,"
currently No. 4 on The New York Times Best Seller List, saying that in his travels around the country people have expressed fear about the future of their children and grandchildren.
"They resonate tremendously with the fact that at the end of each chapter we have action steps, things that you can do both individually and collectively because the fact of the matter is, we the people are the pinnacle of power in this nation," he said. "But we have to exercise that power and we have to exercise it in a rational, intelligent way. We have to be informed. We can't go into a booth looking for a D or an R or a name that looks familiar. That leads to what we have now."
He commented on bringing two Americans infected with the Ebola virus
to the United States, saying he thinks it is a mistake by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Emory University Hospital, saying "we can export [American] preparedness and that expertise to somewhere else. Why would we bring that into our country? Why would we expose ourselves when we already know that there are problems that can occur and have occurred?"
"I certainly would treat it where it is, use our expertise, and then once we've cured the individuals, bring them back with open arms," he said.
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