JOE JOHNSON, CNN: Did anybody ask you about how you comport your view on a Muslim president with the notion that it's -- it sounds fundamentally discriminatory? And given the fact that you're an African-American Republican, some people might find that inconsistent.
BEN CARSON: It has nothing to do with being a Muslim. That was the question that was specifically asked. If the question had been asked about a Christian and they had said, you know, would you support a Christian who believes in establishing a theocracy, I would have said, no. Then some people would say, he's against Christians. No. You have to be able to look at the context in which Im saying.
CNN: What is the context?
BEN CARSON: The context is, as I said before that question was asked, anybody of any religious faith whatsoever, if they embrace American values and they place our Constitution at the top level, above their religious beliefs, I have no problem with them...
I said that. It's on the record. On NBC. On "Meet the Press." Did anybody pickp on that? Of course not. Because that wasn't a juicy story. But that's exactly what I said. That's exactly what I meant. I don't care what a person's religious beliefs are or what their religious heritage is if they embrace American culture, if they embrace our Constitution and are willing to place that above their religious beliefs, I have no problem with them. I said that. why is it impossible for people to hear that.