Ben Carson on Why Political Experience Is Overrated

Tuesday on “Charlie Rose,” contributor Al Hunt asked why Republican presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson why he thinks he can be a politician with no experience when he would not want someone to do brain surgery with no experience.

Carson said “It requires an enormous amount of knowledge, for instance, to become a neurosurgeon,” and that “is not true of politics.”

“If you look at the collective political experience of every body in Congress today it comes out to just under nine thousands years and where has that really gotten us?” he added. “It requires an enormous amount of knowledge, for instance, to become a neurosurgeon. Not the kind of knowledge you can acquire in a year or two years or three years or four years or even five years. That is not true of politics. A lot of people want it to believe that is true, but it is not true. And in fact there are a number of people who have been in politics for decades and yet you never see them coming up with any solutions.”

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