Radio host Hugh Hewitt asked Dr. Ben Carson if he would take on the role of Surgeon General if President Obama asked. His response? "No." Is that really the right move at a time when the country needs principled leadership more than ever? Glenn wasn't happy with the answer and reacted on radio this morning.
“No, no,” Carson replied immediately. “Because if I would, if I were going to serve in that position, I would have to serve under someone that I trusted.”
Hewitt pressed further: “If he said I will not interfere with the guidance you give, we need someone to rally the country around being calm and appropriately prepared, you’d really, you’d say no to the president of the United States?”
“Yes, absolutely,” Carson said.
"When I heard this weekend that Ben Carson said he would not accept the position of Surgeon General if asked - shame on you Ben Carson. You're better than that. Every American should serve if asked. At this time if you have that unique skill, doesn't mean sell out your values. You have to be the person that goes to the pentagon and serves when you see something wrong, you stand you want to American people and say I'm not going to write a book later. I'll tell you it right now. This is the problem. He has a responsibility to serve. A right to serve. This president won't ask him, but he should," Glenn said.
"It's one thing to say I don't trust him. I don't trust him either, but I will get in and say, okay, you want me for this specific job, here are the ground rules, I'm doing this job, but I'm doing this job. And you disagree with me? Okay, what do you disagree with me on specifically because these are the things I'm going to do."
"If he says no, then you walk out and say, I couldn't come to a deal with the president. I believe we have to do these things, he said no. If he says yes to those things, great. And if he changes his mind or does something different, then you go right to the American people and say I can't do this job. He's violating his principles."