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Ben Carson's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Republican
Ben Carson has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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Issue Positions

For Presidential and Congressional candidates who refuse to provide voters with their positions, Vote Smart has researched their public records to determine their likely responses. These issue positions are from 2016.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As a pediatric neurosurgeon, I took the Hippocratic Oath to "First, Do No Harm." My medical career was devoted to protecting and enhancing the lives of children and their families. Protecting innocent life is a duty consistent with that solemn oath." https://www.bencarson.com/issues/protecting-innocent-life/ (www.bencarson.com)
  • "There are a lot of people who say, "I agree with you. I think that it is wrong, and I would never have an abortion; but I don't feel that I have the right to impose my feelings on other people." That may be the response of many people, but suppose the abolitionists had felt that way back in the 18th and 19th centuries. Suppose they had said, "I'm not going to own any slaves. I really think that slavery is wrong, but if you want to own slaves?that's fine." If the abolitionists had had that attitude, where would we be now? We have to grapple with these great moral issues, and abortion is an important issue for our generation. You just can't stick your head in the sand." http://www.freemaninstitute.com/everydayben.htm (www.freemaninstitute.com)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I would propose a luxury tax on very expensive items which provides an opportunity for the wealthy to pay down the national debt, since all money collected for luxury items would be directed to that purpose" http://www.forbes.com/sites/mikepatton/2015/01/29/potential-presidential-candidate-dr-ben-carson-on-social-security-glass-steagall-and-taxes/2/ (www.forbes.com)
  • "We need a fairer, simpler, and more equitable tax system. Our tax form should be able to be completed in less than 15 minutes. This will enable us to end the IRS as we know it." https://www.bencarson.com/issues/tax-reform/ (www.bencarson.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We now have a federal debt of $17 trillion, which continues to grow. The current administration proudly points out that its growing slower now than before. Such a claim makes it clear that they do not appreciate the seriousness of our spending problem. If a balloon is so full of air that is about to burst, it would be far better to begin deflating the balloon than to put just a little more air into it." http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/oct/29/carson-stop-feeding-the-beast/ (www.washingtontimes.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The important thing is that whatever we come up with, it needs to eliminate the IRS," http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/01/18/2016-dr-ben-carson-says-irs-should-be-eliminated/ (www.breitbart.com)
  • "We need a fairer, simpler, and more equitable tax system. Our tax form should be able to be completed in less than 15 minutes. This will enable us to end the IRS as we know it." https://www.bencarson.com/issues/tax-reform/ (www.bencarson.com)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Our education system must be run by involved parents and engaged teachers and principals. Any attempt by faceless federal bureaucrats to take over our local schools must be defeated." https://www.bencarson.com/issues/education/ (www.bencarson.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Today is being called Earth Day. I believe everyone wants to leave our children with an environment that is better than the one we inherited. But I also believe institutions like the Environment Protection Agency of the Federal Government should be a research institution and thought leader on how to wisely use our resources and value our environment instead of the police force it has become. Government should lead not force their bureaucratic will on the people." https://www.facebook.com/realbencarson (www.facebook.com)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I cannot and will not support any efforts to weaken The 2nd Amendment." https://www.bencarson.com/issues/second-amendment/ (www.bencarson.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We didn't need the monstrosity of the $1.2 trillion Affordable Care Act. Even after it is fully implemented for 10 years, 23 million people still won't have any health insurance." https://www.bencarson.com/issues/health-care/ (www.bencarson.com)
  • "It is slavery, in a way, because it is making all of us subservient to the government...It was never about healthcare. It was about control." http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/ben-carson-obamacare-slavery/2013/10/11/id/530646/ (www.newsmax.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As long as we reward people who break laws, they will continue to break laws. We do need a continual flow of immigrants, but choosers need not be beggars. We make decisions based on our needs. People who refuse to comply with the rules must forfeit chances of legalization in the future. Anyone caught involved in voter fraud should be immediately deported and have his citizenship revoked. The point is this: We must create a system that disincentivizes illegal immigration and upholds the rule of law while providing us with a steady stream of immigrants from other nations who will strengthen our society. Let's solve the problem and stop playing political football." http://www.nationalreview.com/article/392540/my-prescription-immigration-reform-ben-carson (www.nationalreview.com)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Marriage is between a man and a woman. No group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality, it doesn't matter what they are. They don't get to change the definition." http://mediamatters.org/blog/2013/03/29/ben-carson-marriage-equality-could-destroy-amer/193345 (mediamatters.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "All options should remain on the table when dealing with international bullies such as President Putin." https://www.bencarson.com/issues/russia/ (www.bencarson.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

Key

Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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