Andre Carson doesn't shy away from speaking his mind. Indianapolis' Democratic congressman regularly blasts political opponents with clear, forceful criticism. He also fires back at his critics with a bluntness that leaves no question about what he thinks.
Carson — on matters that don't involve Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan — is straight-forward, plain-spoken, passionate.
So it was disappointing to hear Carson waffle over questions about his anemic response to a horribly anti-Semitic speech that Farrakhan recently gave in Chicago.
In a 50-minute phone interview on Friday, Carson avoided criticizing Farrakhan directly, declined to characterize Farrakhan's remarks as "hate speech," and would not rule out meeting with Farrakhan in the future to discuss policy concerns.