U.S. Republican candidate Dr. Ben Carson
Chris Keane—Reuters
By Justin Worland
September 20, 2015

GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson said he would not support a Muslim presidential candidate, calling Islam inconsistent with the constitution in an interview on Meet the Press Sunday.

“I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation,” he said. “I absolutely would not agree with that.”

Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who now sits near the top of GOP polls, is known for his devout Christian beliefs. On Sunday, he suggested that not all faiths are equal when it comes to holding elected office. “If it’s inconsistent with the values and principles of America, then of course it should matter,” he said.

Carson also noted that he would consider voting for a Muslim for Congress, depending on the candidate’s policy views.

Islam has been a frequent topic among presidential candidates in recent days. This week Donald Trump was widely criticized for not correcting a questioner who called President Barack Obama a Muslim in a New Hampshire town hall meeting.

 

Write to Justin Worland at justin.worland@time.com.

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