Republican presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson conceded in a recent interview that he didn’t think the GOP would stall potential Supreme Court nominees if their own party controlled the White House.
Following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia on Saturday, Republican lawmakers and presidential candidates called on the Senate to not confirm any nominee to replace him until after the 2016 election. In an appearance on South Carolina radio station WRNN, Carson was asked if the presidential candidates on Saturday’s debate stage would have the same position if a Republican controlled the Executive branch.
“No, they wouldn’t,” Carson replied, according to audio flagged Tuesday by BuzzFeed News.
“Recognize that the two picks that the president has selected are ideologues, so there’s really no reason to believe that his next pick wouldn’t be an ideologue also,” Carson added.
Carson said he that he thought the nation’s highest court has become a “political tool” and suggested lifetime appointments should be reexamined.