Ben Carson the presidential candidate occasionally had difficulty expressing his thoughts clearly and effectively.

Ben Carson the presidential-candidate surrogate is no better.

During an appearance on the "Steve Malzberg Show" on Monday, Carson offered this gem when it came to assuring Republicans who were skeptical that Donald Trump has what it takes to be a good president.

"Even if Donald Trump turns out not to be such a great president, which I don't think is the case — I think he's going to surround himself with really good people — but even if he didn't, we're only looking at four years, as opposed to multiple generations and perhaps the loss of the American dream forever," Carson said.

Ouch.

And not only that; Carson even suggested he may have liked to endorse one of the other candidates rather than Trump.

Carson said he liked Sen. Marco Rubio and Gov. John Kasich but didn't think they could win the Republican nomination. He also said he didn't think that Sen. Ted Cruz could win in the general election.

"I have to look at what is practical and what is going to save this country and the American dream for the next generation," Carson said. "Is there another scenario that I would have preferred? Yes. But that scenario isn't available."

"With one of the other candidates, you mean?" Malzberg asked.

"Yes," Carson replied.

Double ouch.

Then Carson went on to question whether Trump should have offered to pay the legal fees for a man who punched a protester, and he openly talked about how Trump has offered him a role in his administration. Carson declined to say whether he has been promised a Cabinet job.