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Ben Carson struggled Tuesday to contain the fallout from his remarks that a Muslim shouldn’t be president — he has clarified that he doesn’t want any candidates to impose a theocracy on America, regardless of which religion they follow.

Of course, this might seem odd coming from a man who began his political career by delivering an anti-Obama speech at a National Prayer Breakfast, and has said during this campaign that his tax plan comes straight from the Bible.

Watch as Carson does his best to thread this needle. And let’s find out if he gets any pushback from his Christian-right base.

Video via The Associated Press.

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