Character questions are justified in a presidential election, Dr. Ben Carson told CNN on Friday, but the sexual abuse allegations against Republican candidate Donald Trump are keeping us from talking about the issues to fix America's "trouble."
"Sexual abuse is a horrible thing – I've said that many times – but I believe the place where this thing is to be handled is in the court system not to be aired out in public on television," Carson told the host on CNN's "The Lead With Jake Tapper."
"That's not the appropriate mechanism for dealing with these kinds of things."
Carson told Tapper sexual abuse allegations need to be handled in court, while the presidential election should be about the issues.
"We have amazing issues going on: $27 trillion debt and deficit that will go on affecting our children and grandchildren," the retired neurosurgeon and former Republican presidential primary candidate told Tapper. "Immigration, terrorism: Isn't that what presidential election is about? It's not about these other issues."
Carson said "we owe the American people an opportunity to talk about the two extraordinarily divergent pathways these campaigns are moving at."
"Hillary Clinton should be able to explain why she believes that we should have open borders; Donald Trump should be able to explain why he believes we shouldn't," he added.
"Hillary Clinton should be able to explain why she wants to raise taxes and Donald Trump should be able to explain why he wants to lower taxes. These are lower issues.
"...Of course it bothers me – all of it. There's so many things in our society that bothers me.... It also bothers me that our country is in such trouble and people don't seem to care."
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