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Carson: I'd Consider 'Very Smart' Trump as Running Mate

By    |   Saturday, 11 July 2015 10:17 AM

GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson says he's open to a White House ticket with the blunt-speaking Donald Trump as his vice president.

"All things are possible, absolutely," the retired pediatric neurosurgeon tells Fox News host Neil Cavuto on "Your World with Neil Cavuto."

"I have had a chance to associate with him now that I have moved down to Florida."

Trump, who is surging in polls in the wake of remarks about illegal immigrants that have stirred controversy and admiration, is "a very smart guy," Carson says in the interview, reported by The Hill.

"And he is a fun guy. So, I will leave it at that," he tells Cavuto.

Carson says Trump shouldn't back down from his sharp criticism of illegal immigrants with criminal records and his border security vow to build a wall to protect the southern states bordering Mexico – suggesting that learning how to "tone it down a little bit" comes with experience.

"I would say that there's a whole lot of oxygen in the room, and we need to hear everybody," he says. "We need to discuss these things openly. I like people who are willing to say what they believe."

"I have learned how to tone it down a little bit, so that people can actually hear what I'm saying, and not just focus on the words, but that's a skill people learn with the course of time."

Carson reiterates his contention that political correctness is hurting the nation's discourse.

"There's no question that we are in the process in this country of giving away all of our values and principles for the sake of political correctness," Carson says. "And as a result of that, we're in a tailspin."

Trump has become the center of a firestorm over his June 16 speech announcing his presidential candidacy that hit hard on illegal immigrants from Mexico.

"They're sending people who have a lot of problems," Trump said at New York's Trump Tower. "They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists," he added. "And some, I assume, are good people."

But Carson notes the remarks have focused voters on the problems with "sanctuary" laws that've been blamed for the release of the suspected killer of Kathryn Steinle of San Francisco.

"I certainly don't think there's any rational reason for sanctuary cities," Carson says.
"I'm glad there's focus on them now, because I would like the people who advocate for them to come out and tell why we need them.

"And I can tell them 100 reasons why we don't."

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