Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is calling for an end to what he says is ''the PC culture,'' following criticism of his comments about Muslims. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on Tuesday (September 22) called for an end to what he described as "the PC culture" in response to criticism of his comments about Muslims. Carson, who is one of the top-polling Republican candidates, told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that he "would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that." Those comments prompted the head of the country's largest Muslim advocacy organization to call on Carson to drop out of the race, saying his views were inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution. But Carson, speaking to reporters in Ohio on Tuesday, fired back at critics, saying he's receiving support from many Muslims in the U.S.. "I've heard from a lot of Muslim-Americans in the last 24 hours... who say 'we know you, we understand exactly what you're talking about.'" And he said it's time to put an end to attempts to stamp out discussion of differences. "The PC culture says, whenever you're asked a question, it has to be answered in a certain way. And if you don't answer it that way, then let's attack." However, Carson said American culture is based on the Judeo-Christian religions. "There's no question that our Constitution and our traditions have a Judeo-Christian base...and I don't think there's any reason we should deny that." Carson's comments have also been criticized by some of his Republican rivals for president, who note that the Constitution makes clear there should be no religious test for office.