GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson after the Sin City Tuesday night debate spoke with reporters in the spin room after the GOP primary debate.
He said he was happy with his performance because it affords him time to make some points on foreign policy. “I got an opportunity to get some points out and to make it very clear that I do know about foreign policy,” Carson said. “Obviously, I’d like to have even more time to talk about it, but at least it dispels some of the rumors.” Carson was referencing a report which alleged that he didn’t have a strong understanding or “grasp” of foreign policy.
Carson on Rubio VS. Cruz dispute
The retired neurosurgeon was also asked about the dispute between Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. Ted Cruz on the NSA’s collection of metadata. “If he had asked me what my opinion was… then I would have weighed in on it, but I don’t want to get into their thing,” Carson clarified, before telling the reporters his thoughts on the balance between national security and privacy rights:
My opinion is that the Fourth Amendment is extremely important and we need to make sure we preserve it, but at the same time we need to fight terrorism and we need to engage in a conversation with both things sitting at the top of the list. How do we create a policy that allows us to have quick access to information that will lead us to be able to prevent terrorist acts, but at the same time preserve the privacy of the American people? You’re not going to do that unless you put those two things up side by side and you have that conversation.
The ISIS question and Carson
Carson also discussed how he was asked during the debate whether or not he would be strong or tough enough to bomb an area that ISIS controlled where there may be civilians, including children.
“I always do something called the best-worse analysis, you ask four questions,” Carson said, explaining, “What’s the best thing that happens if you do this? What’s the worst thing that happens if you do it? What’s the best thing that happens if you don’t do it? And, what’s the worst thing that happens if you don’t do it?”