‘Does he know what the definition of a debate is?’: CNN host rips Carson for whining about ‘gotcha’ questions

‘Does he know what the definition of a debate is?’: CNN host rips Carson for whining about ‘gotcha’ questions

Bethania Palma Markus

While the GOP pulls out of an already-scheduled February debate hosted by NBC because of anger over so-called ‘gotcha’ questions during a Wednesday session with CNBC moderators, a CNN host wondered whether the candidates understand what the word “debate” means.

“Debates are supposed to be established to help the people get to know the candidates and get to know what’s behind them,” Ben Carson said. “And what it’s turned into is a ‘gotcha.’ That’s silly.”

CNN host Brooke Baldwin questioned whether Carson and the others know what it means to debate, reading out the dictionary definition of it.

“The definition of a debate, and I quote, ‘a discussion between people in which they express different opinions about something,’ or, ‘contention by words or arguments,’” she said. “I gotta wonder — I mean this is a smart, smart man, a pediatric neurosurgeon we’re talking about. Does he know what the definition of a debate is?”

Watch the segment, as posted online, here:

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