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Ben Carson: ISIS Not High on Obama's Priority List

By    |   Tuesday, 09 September 2014 01:21 PM

Dealing with the growing threat of the Islamic State (ISIS) is evidently not high on President Barack Obama's priority list, Dr. Ben Carson told Newsmax TV Tuesday.

"People have a tendency to focus their energies on what's important to them and that apparently is not something that is high on his priority list," Carson told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum."

However, Carson contends that "it's not something that's high on many people's priority list, even here in this country."

"When we look at our First Amendment, freedom of religion, obviously our framers thought that it was extremely important," he explained.

"We've allowed it to be distorted now, to become freedom from religion," he said.

"You have an atheist group, who I am perfectly happy for them to exist and to do what they want to do," he added. "I'm not perfectly happen for them to try to thrust their religion on everybody else, their religion being atheism."

Carson said on Monday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" that he's not sure that Obama really has "the will" to fight ISIS.

"Until he actually is able to utter the words 'we're at war' with these terrorists, I don't know that he would ever be able do much," he said.

The former pediatric neurosurgeon from Johns-Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore has said he is considering a run for president in 2016. He told Newsmax in early August he "is a step closer" to making an official decision.

Veteran Republican campaign consultant and adviser Ed Rollins told Newsmax that while "Dr. Carson is a brilliant man with an impressive conservative ideology," he also is "too much of a political novice to win the White House."

He added that "the presidency is no place for amateurs." 

Carson said that he's not surprised by the reaction because he's not a "traditional politician."

"I would expect traditional politicians to say that because I'm not a traditional politician, never planned to become a traditional politician," he said.

"If I enter the public arena it would be as a citizen's spokesman, as someone who is truly a representative of the people and not of the political class," he said.

Carson added that he "wouldn't expect a political class to understand that."

He said that he and his wife, Candy, "feel that it is incredibly important that we get the message out there and we get it out to everybody in this nation."

"Now we know that that won't occur with the mainstream media," he said.

"Ninety-three million people didn't vote in the last presidential election, 30 million Evangelicals didn't vote," Carson explained.

"We need to get those people re-activated again because that's the only way that we end up with a country that is truly representative of how the people feel," he added.

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