October 8, 2015

If you weren't already sure that the good Dr. Ben Carson has absolutely no business ever coming anywhere remotely near the Oval Office, here's another reason to add to the ever-growing list.

Carson apparently has no clue what the debt ceiling even is, but he's sure that we should not be raising it and defaulting on our debt: Ben Carson Struggles With Questions About The Debt Ceiling:

GOP 2016 candidate Ben Carson appeared unable to give a straight answer when asked repeatedly about whether he would raise the debt ceiling during a Marketplace interview posted Thursday.

At one point, Carson said he would urge his administration to "cut where you need to cut" when asked if he would let the government default on its debt, suggesting he didn't understand that the debt ceiling authorizes payments on debts the government has already incurred.

When Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal first asked Carson: "As you know, Treasury Secretary Lew has come out in the last couple of days and said, we're going to run out of money, we're going to run out of borrowing authority on the 5th of November. Should the Congress then, and the president, not raise the debt limit? Should we default on our debt?"

"Let me put it this way. If I were the president, I would not sign an increased budget, absolutely would not do it," Carson responded. "They would have to find a place a cut."

Ryssdal repeated variations of the question two more times, clarifying that he was asking about increasing the debt limit, not the budget: "But I want to make sure I understand you. You'd let the United States default rather than raise the debt limit?"

And the third time wasn't a charm with this guy either. The Young Turks' Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian give their take in the clip above and Cenk discusses why Republicans love candidates like Ben Carson and former GOP contender Herman Cain so much.

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