Chris Wallace: Ben Carson Has No 'Serious Chance' at Presidency

Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 06:59 PM

By Greg Richter

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Chris Wallace doesn't think his Fox News colleague Ben Carson has a chance of winning a presidential race, though he says he would like to see him contribute to the debate.

Wallace was a guest by phone Thursday on St. Louis radio station KFTK's "Allman in the Morning," and was asked about Carson's possible ambitions by host Jamie Allman.

"Do I think he has a serious chance to be president? I don’t. No," Wallace said.

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His statement was not intended to be disparaging of Carson, Wallace said, but simply an acknowledgment that Carson, a retired neurosurgeon and current Fox News contributor, has no political experience.

Wallace did admit that many see lack of experience as a plus in politics. But, he added, Carson has never said where he stands on foreign policy or how he would get legislation through Congress.

"We think, 'Well, you don’t really need a professional politician to run the country,'" Wallace said. "To me, it would be like saying we don’t need a professional manager to run General Motors or something."

A certain skill set is needed to be president, Wallace said, comparing Carson being president to putting a senator in an operating room to perform brain surgery.

"The idea that you can have a concerned citizen as the president, particularly, I think we've seen with Barack Obama that doesn't work out too well," Wallace said.

Allman said Carson appears too demure to be president.

"He's quiet," Wallace agreed. "He's not selling himself all the time."

But, Wallace added, Carson has views and would contribute a lot to the conversation, so we would like to see him run. Still, Wallace said he's not sure if Carson is ready for the "rough and tumble" of the debates.

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