Ben Carson Said He Wants to Have a Glass of Orange Juice with Jesus

The 2016 Republican presidential candidate told Jorge Ramos from Fusion that he would have orange juice, not beer
Ben Carson

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Carson is a Seventh-day Adventist, so he doesn't drink alcohol.

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said that he would like to have a glass of orange juice with Jesus Christ.

Carson sat down with Jorge Ramos, host of America with Jorge Ramos on Fusion, for a livestreamed Facebook interview. The presidential hopeful is a Seventh-day Adventist, which Carson calls “a typical Protestant denomination with traditional values,” according to The Des Moines Register.

“No drinking, no alcohol, no cigarette smoking or illicit drugs,” Carson told the Register last month.

In the interview, Ramos asked, “Who would you like to have an orange juice with or a beer with?” Carson replied, “Jesus.” Because of Carson’s religious beliefs, he’d go for the orange juice.

Carson is the second Republican candidate to respond to this question. On November 4, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said during a Q&A in New Hampshire that he wanted to have a beer with Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, even though she is underage and is Muslim. Observant Muslims are also forbidden to drink alcohol.


For the record, Jesus was known to enjoy a glass of wine on occasion.