• CARSON, BENJAMIN S SR MD
Candidate for 2016 Presidential Election
Campaign Status: Running
Home State: Virginia
Total Raised: $64,209,525Coverage End: Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Personal

    Full Name: Benjamin S. Carson
    Gender: Male
    Family: Wife: Candy
    Birth Date: 09/18/1951
    Birth Place: Detroit, MI
    Home City: Baltimore, MD

Education

    Graduated, The University of Michigan School of Medicine
    Graduated, Yale University

Caucuses/Non-Legislative Committees

    Appointed by President George W. Bush, Member, President’s Council on Bioethics, 2004

Professional Experience

    Emeritus Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, present
    Former X-Ray Technician
    Former School Bus Driver
    Former Bank Teller
    Former Supervisor, Highway Cleanup Crews
    Former Crane Operator, Steel Factory
    Pediatric Neurosurgery Director, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, 2013
    Co-Founder, Carson Scholars Fund, 1994

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

    Member, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, present
    Member, Horatio Alger Society of Distinguished Americans, present
    Member, Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Science, present
    Emeritus Fellow, Yale Corporation, present
    Former Board of Directors Member, Academy of Achievement
    Former Board of Directors Member, Costco Wholesale Corporation
    Former Board of Directors Member, Kellogg Company
    Speaker, National Prayer Breakfast, 1997, 2013

Additional Information

Awards:

In 2001, Dr. Carson was named by CNN and TIME Magazine as one of the nation's 20 foremost physicians and scientists. That same year, he was selected by the Library of Congress as one of 89 "Living Legends."

He is also the recipient of the 2006 Spingarn Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the NAACP. In June, 2008, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is the highest civilian honor in the land.

Publications:

    Gifted Hands
    America the Beautiful, Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great
    One Nation, What We All Can Do to Save America's Future
    You Have a Brain: A Teen's Guide to THINK BIG
    The Big Picture
    Take the Risk: Learning to Identify, Choose and Live with Acceptable Risk
    One Vote: Make Your Voice Heard

About Dr. Ben Carson

Ben Carson is a reluctant politician. A physician by trade, Carson gained national attention when he spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast in 2013. As a man who speaks his mind, Carson used the opportunity to talk about a range of social and fiscal issues, and standing just ten feet from President Barack Obama, he spoke bluntly about healthcare and what he saw as the dangers of Political Correctness. Many interpreted the remarks to mean that Carson is conservative and he became a darling in conservative media circles. Carson, however claims not to be affiliated with any political group, and that makes him even more appealing to a large segment of the population that is looking for a leader from outside the political realm.

Carson’s political views have been described as traditional and infused with common sense. He has spoken about his belief in traditional marriage, thinks marriage is between one man and one woman and has been critical of the theory of evolution. These views have generated criticism from the political left in America, and made him even more endearing to the right. Carson takes these criticisms in stride and actually views them as sort of a badge of honor. They hit at the heart of one of his top issues, his attack on political correctness and the danger he sees in that way of thinking.

As a doctor, Carson has also been an outspoken critic of the Affordable Care Act and has referred to the laws as the worst thing to occur in the United States since slavery. He is an advocate for a government sponsored health savings account that allows individuals to save money, pre-tax, to cover their health care needs. He even advocates that individuals could bequeath these accounts to their family members upon their death.

Total: 65
Ben Carson To Endorse Guy Who Called Him 'Pathological'

Donald Trump, that is.

03/10/2016
By Igor Bobic | The Huffington Post
Ben Carson: Cuddle or dump? How down-ticket Republicans can handle a Trump nomination

The Republican presidential field is winnowing.

03/09/2016
By Ben Carson | The Huffington Post
Ben Carson officially drops out of the presidential race

Ben Carson officially dropped out of the presidential race Friday.

03/04/2016
By Katie Zezima | The Washington Post
Carson on Obama race comment: 'Doesn't mean there's anything wrong with that'

Carson stood by his comment that Obama was raised in "white America."

02/23/2016
By Jesse Byrnes | The Hill
Ben Carson Says The Chances Are 'Good' That He'll Be Elected President

“You don’t call the game after the 2nd or 3rd inning."

02/18/2016
By Scott Conroy | The Huffington Post
Ben Carson Accuses Ted Cruz Of Using 'Dirty Tricks' To Win Iowa

Carson says his campaign has survived the "lies," and that he will continue on to New Hampshire.

02/02/2016
By Kate Sheppard | The Huffington Post
Carson open to reconsidering ban on women in combat

In December the Pentagon announced that all combat roles would be opened to women, which sparked some pushback among congressional Republicans.

01/04/2016
By Eliza Collins | POLITICO
Former Ben Carson Campaign Manager Gives an Inside Look at Campaign Dysfunction

After announcing his resignation from the Ben Carson campaign, former campaign manager Barry Bennett tells ABC News that the staff changes were revealed in a scheduled call this morning. The main change Carson wanted to make was with his Communications Director Doug Watts, Bennett says.

12/31/2015
By Katherine Faulders | abcnews
Carson Says Bill Clinton's Past Is Fair Game

Dr. Ben Carson defended talking about President Bill Clinton’s past, saying “President Clinton is a previous president. All previous presidents and their administrations are fair game for analysis and comparison.”

12/29/2015
By STEVE GUEST | Daily caller
Ben Carson on the brink: 'A process like this is pretty brutal'

In an interview at his home, Carson vents about his staff, Donald Trump and what it’s like to run for president.

12/28/2015
By Steven Ginsberg and Robert Costa | The Washington Post
Ben Carson hints at major campaign shakeup, then takes it back

The confusion comes amid staff turmoil and growing doubts about the retired surgeon's viability.

12/23/2015
By Kyle Cheney and Nolan D. McCaskill | POLITICO
Ben Carson Is Eyeing A Major Campaign Shake-Up

Just kidding. He's now saying he's keeping his team in place.

12/23/2015
By Julie Bykowicz and Bill Barrow | AP
Carson hires former Netanyahu aide as foreign policy adviser

The move comes as Carson's foreign policy knowledge has been questioned.

12/08/2015
By Ben Kamisar | The Hill
Ben Carson, 'sensitive' to national security critics, announces foreign policy team

ATLANTA —  Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on Tuesday announced a 16-members foreign policy team that “will help Dr. Carson chart a course for renewed American global leadership in the 21st century” ...

12/08/2015
By Jose A. DelReal | The Washington Post
Ben Carson announces Africa trip

Ben Carson is going to Africa.

12/07/2015
By Eliza Collins | POLITICO
Of course Ben Carson has a campaign staff. But only one adviser truly has his ear.

After Armstrong Williams read about one of Ben Carson’s most recent messaging brouhahas — the one where he seemed to compare Syrian refugees with rabid dogs — he decided his friend could use some counsel.

12/02/2015
By Ben Terris | The Washington Post
Carson announces endorsement of South Carolina faith leaders as poll numbers fall sharply

Spartanburg, S.C. — Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson announced the endorsement of fifteen South Carolina "faith leaders" during a press conference here Wednesday evening, a rollout that comes as the campaign struggles to find steady footing after a nose dive in national polls.

12/02/2015
By Jose A. DelReal | The Washington Post
Does Ben Carson believe God wants him to win the White House?

The Washington Post's Sally Quinn recently spoke with Ben Carson on the campaign trail about his faith — and how that faith has shaped his worldview, his campaign, and his life.

12/01/2015
By Sally Quinn | The Washington Post
Carson: Refugees 'easier' to radicalize once they reach the US

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said Tuesday that allowing Middle Eastern refugees to come to the United States increases the risk that they will turn toward radical Islam.

12/01/2015
By Mark Hensch | The Hill
Fear, faith and the rise of Ben Carson

She had known exactly what Ben Carson meant when he spoke of leaders who are trying to “destroy America.” That meant President Obama.

11/30/2015
By Stephanie McCrummen | The Washington Post
Total: 20
Issue Title Candidate's Answers
1. Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right

Strongly Oppose
2. Stricter punishment reduces crime

Oppose
3. Marijuana is a gateway drug

Support
4. Higher taxes on the wealthy

Strongly Oppose
5. Stimulus better than market-led recovery

Strongly Oppose
6. Vouchers for school choice

Strongly Support
7. Make voter registration easier

No Opinion
8. Prioritize green energy

Oppose
9. Avoid foreign entanglements

Support
10. Expand the military

Oppose
11. Support & expand free trade

Strongly Oppose
12. Support American Exceptionalism

Strongly Support
13. Absolute right to gun ownership

Support
14. Expand ObamaCare

Oppose
15. Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens

Strongly Oppose
16. EPA regulations are too restrictive

Oppose
17. Keep God in the public sphere

Strongly Support
18. Legally require hiring more women & minorities

Oppose
19. Comfortable with same-sex marriage

Oppose
20. Privatize Social Security

No Opinion
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