CNN to Carson: You ‘Tough’ Enough to Kill Thousands of Children?

In a bizarre exchange, co-debate moderator Hugh Hewitt on Tuesday night pressed Ben Carson as to whether he was “tough” enough to kill thousands of children. Hewitt lectured, “We're talking about ruthless things tonight. Carpet bombing, toughness, war. And people wonder, could you do that?” 

The radio host and CNN contributor continued, “Could you order air strikes that would kill innocent children by not the scores, but the hundreds and the thousands? Could you wage war as a commander in chief?” After relating how, as a doctor, it’s better to do the job efficiently and powerfully, Hewitt demanded, “So you are okay with the deaths of thousands of innocent children and civilians?” 

At this point, the audience started booing. See the exchange below: 

CNN Debate
12/15/15
9:40

HUGH HEWITT: Doctor Carson, you mentioned in your opening remarks that you're a pediatric neurologist surgeon — 

BEN CARSON: Neurosurgeon. 

HUGH HEWITT: Neurosurgeon. And people admire and respect and are inspired by your life story, your kindness and evangelical core support. We're talking about ruthless things tonight. Carpet bombing, toughness, war. And people wonder, could you do that? Could you order air strikes that would kill innocent children by not the scores, but the hundreds and the thousands? Could you wage war as a commander in chief? 

BEN CARSON: Well, interestingly enough, you should see the eyes of some of those children when I say to them, “We’re going to have to open your head up and take out this tumor.” They’re not happy about it and they don't like me very much at that point. But later on, they love me. Sometimes you, I sound like him [Motions to Trump.] You know, later on, you know they really realize what's going on and by the same token, you have to be able to look at the big picture and understand that it's actually merciful if you go ahead and finish the job rather than death by 1,000 pricks.   

HEWITT: So you are okay with the deaths of thousands of innocent children and civilians? [Audience booing.] 

CARSON: You got it. You got it. 

HEWITT: That is what war— Can you be as ruthless as Churchill was in prosecuting the war against the Nazis? 

CARSON: Ruthless is not necessarily the word I would use but tough, resolute, understanding what the problems are and understanding that the job of the president of the United States is to protect the people of this country and to do what is necessary in order to get it done. 


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