Here Are The Changes Carson Wants To The Next GOP Debate

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson speaks during a rally Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, at West Memphis High School in West Memphis, Ark. (Nikki Boertman/The Commercial Appeal via AP)
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Republican presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson laid out the changes he would like to see to the next GOP debate in an interview with ABC’s “This Week” aired Sunday.

Carson and GOP rival Donald Trump previously pushed for changes to the CNBC debate that took place last Wednesday.

Here’s what Carson wants for future debates:

“I would like to see us be able to have a substantial opening statement, at least a minute, a substantial closing statement, at least a minute, and I would like to see tighter guidelines in terms of people when they respond to questions,” Carson said in the ABC interview. “Some people pretty much ignore the time constraints, while others are very careful to stay within them and I think that creates inequality.”

Carson added that he would like fewer debates, and that he couldn’t see why “we need more than one a month.”

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  1. Avatar for bkmn bkmn says:

    Here’s a concept for the GOP “debates” - how about having the moderators nail people when they don’t answer the question that was asked? If they can’t answer a straightforward question they shouldn’t be running for President.

  2. And while you’re at it, Ben, how’s about upping the substantive level of debates by staying home!

  3. This fool is completely unqualified to be on any debate stage.

  4. Oh, no, can’t do that, they might not come back.

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