Ben Carson: Tighten debates, allow substantial statements

Ben Carson wants changes made to the GOP presidential debate structure before the candidates gather for the next prime-time showdown in Wisconsin later this month.

Carson has voiced his criticism about last week's CNBC debate previously, but shared his ideas with ABC about the guidelines he hopes to see in place for the next debate on Fox Business Network.

"I would like to see us be able to have a substantial opening statement, at least a minute, a substantial closing statement, at least a minute, and I would like to see tighter guidelines in terms of people when they respond to questions," Carson said. "Some people just pretty much ignore what the time constraints are, others are very careful to stay within them and I think that creates inequality. So we need to just tighten it up a little bit and do it more like a professional type of debate."

Carson's request for an opening and closing statement will likely ruffle feathers at Fox Business Network, as the company said last week that it would not allow the candidates onstage to deliver opening statements. How the Republican National Committee may seek to resolve disputes between its candidates and the networks remains unclear, but the RNC barred NBC News from co-hosting a debate in February as a result of CNBC's performance last week.

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