Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) was challenged Sunday by NBC News’ David Gregory to defend (or at least explain) Dr. Benjamin Carson’s recent claim that “Obamacare is the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery.”

“Is that an overstatement that’s counterproductive?” Gregory asked.

“Well, he’s a doctor who feels passionately about this issue, obviously, he can speak for himself,” Portman replied.

Gregory wanted more out of Sen. Portman.

“Is that something that, as a senior Republican, is helpful to the debate about Obamacare?” he asked.

“I think what would be helpful is if we sat down and figured out how to make this less damaging to American families and the American economy, because it is a huge problem,” the Ohio senator responded.

The senator then turned his attention to the unmitigated disaster that has been the Obamacare rollout.

You can watch Sen. Portman’s Carson remarks at the 07:45 mark:

(H/T: Mediaite)

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