BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore’s most famous doctor is in the national spotlight after criticizing President Barack Obama. Now he speaks only to WJZ in his first local TV news interview.
Adam May has an exclusive look at Dr. Ben Carson’s political future.
“I am [surprised]. I didn’t expect it to go viral,” Carson said.
In his only interview with a Baltimore TV station, Dr. Ben Carson spoke about his recent attack on President Obama’s policies.
“Our deficit is a big problem,” Carson said. “When a person is born, give him a birth certificate, an electronic medical record and a health savings account. And there’s nobody talking about death panels.”
The speech has been viewed three million times on YouTube and praised by many conservatives.
“People are not used to hearing things that make sense come out of Washington so when someone gets up and makes sense, people start hyperventilating,” Carson said.
Carson is one of the world’s top neurosurgeons but he’s concerned about the political gridlock in Washington.
“The best thing they can do is stop trying to interfere with everyone’s life, particularly businesses,” Carson said.
Carson favors replacing the complicated tax code with a flat tax.
“It’s not fair to sit and say, `You’re working exceptionally well so we’re going to hit you extra hard.’ What is fair is the way God did it. You make $10, you pay $1. You make $10 billion, you pay one,” Carson said.
He also wants to wean people off welfare.
“There are a lot of unwed mothers who had three or four children,” Carson said. “The government and your fellow taxpayers will not be responsible for it.”
These ideas have many conservatives calling on this independent to run for office.
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“That calling has to come from God,” Carson said. “I never rule anything out because I’m not totally in control.”
Carson is retiring from Johns Hopkins in four months.