This is massive… it could be a game-changer.

In an appearance on the Fox News Channel’s “Fox News Sunday,” radio host and conservative icon Rush Limbaugh said that he did not believe that GOP presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson was equipped to be president “at this stage.”

Limbaugh made the comments during a segment in which host Chris Wallace asked him what he thought of each of the individual presidential candidates. Limbaugh offered effusive praise for the kind of person Carson is, but did not feel that he was ready for the office.

“One of the most decent human beings in this country. One of the finest men,” Limbaugh said when Carson’s name was first brought up. “I’ve met him, and the things that he’s done, places he’s come from, he’s just one of the most decent human beings.”

Wallace then pressed Limbaugh as to whether he thought Carson was qualified for the office.

“I cringe when I see that they are trying to destroy him. OK, next name,” Limbaugh said.

However, Wallace pressed on, asking again whether Carson was equipped for the presidency.


“Ben Carson equipped to be president? Probably not at this stage,” Limbaugh answered.

Limbaugh did say that any of the GOP challengers would be a better fit than Hillary Clinton. He also had praise for several other candidates, as well.

Limbaugh said that Donald Trump was “doing a great service.”

“He is showing that you do not have to fear attacks from the media,” Limbaugh said. “He is showing that you do not have to fear being politically correct or violating political correctness.”

As for Ted Cruz, Limbaugh said the Texas senator was “brilliant … and conservative through and through, trustworthy, strong, confident, leader, and somebody on whom you could totally depend.”

He saved his harshest criticism, however, for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

“I don’t think he really wants to do this,” Limbaugh said. “It’s as though people in his camp want him to do it because they want to get back in power. I just can’t see Jeb with all that energy that says I need this, the country needs me, I can’t wait to do this — I just don’t see any of that.”