Ben Carson in Fox Business 2015 GOP primary debate

On Budget & Economy: Stop tinkering around the edges & address the problem

Q: Do you think big banks should be broken up?

A: I think we should have policies that don't allow them to just enlarge themselves at the expense of smaller entities. But what does help us is to stop tinkering around the edges and fix the actual problems that exist that are creating the problem in the first place.

Source: Fox Business/WSJ Second Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

On Drugs: Change national narrative so fewer die from drugs

In the two hours of this debate, five people have died from drug-related deaths, $100 million has been added to our national debt, 200 babies have been killed by abortionists, and two veterans have taken their lives. This is a narrative that we can change, not we the Democrats, not we the Republicans, but we the people of America, because there is something special about this nation, and we must embrace it and be proud of it and never give it away for the sake of political correctness.
Source: Fox Business/WSJ Second Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

On Homeland Security: Goal of global jihadists is to destroy our way of life

We're talking about global jihadists. And their desire is to destroy us and to destroy our way of life. So we have to be saying, how do we make them look like losers? In order to make them look like losers, we have to destroy their caliphate. Look for the easiest place to do that? It would be in Iraq. Our goal is not to contain them, but to destroy them before they destroy us.
Source: Fox Business/WSJ Second Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

On Jobs: Raising the minimum wage increases unemployment

Q: You suggested one minimum wage does not fit all, and that perhaps we should offer a lower or starter wage for young people.

CARSON: People need to be educated on the minimum wage. Every time we raise the minimum wage, the number of jobless people increases. It's particularly a problem in the black community. Only 19% of black teenagers have a job, who are looking for one. And that's because of those high wages. If you lower those wages, that comes down. You know, as a youngster, my first job working in a laboratory as a lab assistant, I would not have gotten those jobs if someone had to pay me a large amount of money. That's what we need to be thinking about. How do we allow people to ascend the ladder of opportunity, rather than how do we give them everything and keep them dependent?

Q: So, you would not raise it?

CARSON: I would not raise it, specifically because I'm interested in making sure that people are able to enter the job market and take advantage of opportunities.

Source: Fox Business/WSJ First Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

On Tax Reform: Cancel mortgage deduction and charitable deduction

Everybody should pay the same proportion of what they make. You make $10 billion, you pay a billion. You make $10, you pay one. You also have to get rid of deductions. There are a lot of people who say, if you get rid of the deductions, you ruin the American dream because, you know, home mortgage deduction. People had homes before 1913 when we introduced federal income taxes. They say there will be no more charitable giving. We had churches before that and charitable organizations before that.
Source: Fox Business/WSJ Second Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

On Welfare & Poverty: Give poor people opportunity to not be poor people

I do care about the poor people. And in the system that we're putting together, there will be a rebate for people at the poverty level. But I also want to emphasize the fact that as we get the economy moving, and I hope I get a question about how do we get the economy moving, there will be a lot more opportunities for poor people not to be poor people because this is America. This is the land of dreams. And our policies should be aimed at allowing people to realize that dream.
Source: Fox Business/WSJ Second Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

The above quotations are from Fox Business/Wall Street Journal Two-Tier 2015 GOP primary debate
First Tier: Top Eight by polls
Second Tier: Four other Republicans
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