Ben Carson: When I Said Obamacare Was Worse Than Slavery, I Should Have Said ‘Worse Than 9/11’
Tea Party favorite and potential 2016 candidate Ben Carson just can’t stop speaking in hyperbole, so much so that he is now unsure which hyperbole fits his diluted Obamacare metaphor best.
In an interview with The Daily Beast, Carson stated that Obamacare is “worse for the US than the terrorist attacks of September 11.”
Last year, he spoke at the Values Voters Summit, telling supporters that Obamacare is “the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery.”
The Beast’s Evan Gahr asked Carson, “You said Obamacare was the worst thing since slavery. Why do you think it was worse than 9/11?”
“Because 9/11 is an isolated incident,” Carson said. “Things that are isolated issues as opposed to things that fundamentally change the United States of America and shift power from the people to the government. That is a huge shift.”
Gahr followed up, asking “who do you think caused families more pain – Obamacare or Osama bin Laden?”
Carson replied, “You have to take a long term look at something that fundamentally changes the power structure of America. You have to be someone who reads. Who is well-read. I want you to go back tonight and pull out what Saul Alinsky says about health care under the control of the government.”
Ben Carson is gaining some serious steam among the nation’s conservatives as a potential 2016 candidate. In a straw poll conducted at the Republican Leadership Conference, Carson finished right behind Ted Cruz’ 30.3 percent with 29.4 percent. Though not included in most 2016 polls, Carson could certainly tote the factually dubious Tea Party line in the next presidential race.