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MSNBC Host Thomas Roberts Asks: Is Dr. Ben Carson ‘Just A Black Sarah Palin’?

On Saturday’s Weekends with Alex Witt, fill-in host Thomas Roberts discussed Dr. Ben Carson with guest Joe Watkins, a Republican strategist. While talking about the doctor’s recent controversial remarks, the MSNBC host asked why the media pays so much attention to what Carson has to say.

After talking about Carson’s apology for his analogy between gay marriage and bestiality, Roberts asked Watkins:

“Joe, explain though, why do we care what Dr. Carson says? He’s somebody that doesn’t have ambition for a political career, at least the last time I saw him talk about a political career, he says he doesn’t want one, he’s more interested in a TV show. So is he just a black Sarah Palin basically, a fire thrower?”
Though Roberts claimed Carson “doesn’t have ambition for a political career,” Carson has not ruled out running for office and has, on the contrary, stated he would consider doing so. But in a recent CNBC interview, the doctor indicated hesitation at a political run, telling Larry Kudlow that “People keep trying to put me into politics, and I really don’t want to do it. I don’t think I really fit the mold,” and that, instead, “I enjoy television, because I think it is a way to be able to reach the largest number of individuals.”

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