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Jeb Bush
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Chris Christie
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Jim DeMint
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Mike Huckabee
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Tim Pawlenty
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Donald Trump
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Ben Carson on Abortion
Click here for 3 full quotes on Abortion OR other candidates on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • No abortion for convenience. (Jan 2014)
  • The thought of abortion for convenience is repugnant. (Jan 2014)
  • Persuaded mother of hydrocephalic baby to cancel abortion. (Jan 2012)
Ben Carson on Budget & Economy
Click here for 4 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR other candidates on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Let the economy work the way it's supposed to. (Jan 2014)
  • The free market works. (Jan 2014)
  • 1990s deregulation paved way for 2008 economic meltdown. (Jan 2012)
  • Cut every agency spending by 10%, with no exceptions. (Jan 2012)
Ben Carson on Civil Rights
Click here for 10 full quotes on Civil Rights OR other candidates on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Underdog status is not determined any longer by race. (Feb 2014)
  • Compassionate Action instead of Affirmative Action. (Feb 2014)
  • Apologized for likening homosexuality to pedophilia. (Mar 2013)
  • Marriage should not be extended to same-sex couples. (Mar 2013)
  • 1960s: experienced racism in inner-city Boston and Detroit. (Jan 2012)
  • Reparations for WWII Japanese ok, but not for slavery. (Jan 2012)
  • Not all black candidates share Obama's left-wing politics. (Jan 2012)
  • Redefining marriage is slippery slope with disastrous ending. (Jan 2012)
  • Legal binding relationship for gays to enjoy property rights. (Jan 2012)
  • Free speech is wonderful, but hate speech causes actual harm. (Jan 2012)
Ben Carson on Corporations
Click here for 2 full quotes on Corporations OR other candidates on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Tithing teaches about not hoarding as capitalist greed. (Jan 2012)
  • Highest corporate tax rate causes highest national debt. (Jan 2012)
Ben Carson on Crime
Click here for 6 full quotes on Crime OR other candidates on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • On Trayvon: It's not a perfect system, but is best we have. (Jul 2013)
  • On "Stand Your Ground": Turn down the rhetoric. (Jul 2013)
  • Imagine the mayhem if all police protection were removed. (Jan 2012)
  • Motorcyclists not wearing helmets consume medical resources. (Jan 2012)
  • Excessive litigation would end with "loser pays" arrangement. (Jan 2012)
  • Stop politically-correct prejudice against blacks vs. whites. (Jan 2012)
Ben Carson on Drugs
Click here for 4 full quotes on Drugs OR other candidates on Drugs OR background on Drugs.
  • Marijuana for medical use, but not for recreational use. (Jan 2014)
  • Marijuana for medical use ok, but not recreational use. (Jan 2014)
  • Religion kept me away from 1960s sex and drugs. (Jan 2012)
  • Reducing blood alcohol limit to .02 reduces drunk driving. (Jan 2012)
Ben Carson on Education
Click here for 9 full quotes on Education OR other candidates on Education OR background on Education.
  • School choice increases competitive nature of education. (Apr 2013)
  • School choice increases competitive nature of education. (Apr 2013)
  • Education worked for me; don't throw young people away. (Mar 2013)
  • As child, mother required written book reports. (Jan 2012)
  • Southern slaveowners knew education would empower slaves. (Jan 2012)
  • Maintaining American pinnacle requires math, not athletics. (Jan 2012)
  • Carson Scholars Fund: for humanitarian & superior academics. (Jan 2012)
  • THINK BIG: Talent, Honesty, Insight, Nice, Knowledge.God. (Jan 2012)
  • Carson Reading Rooms: 4,800 scholarships totaling $2 million. (Jan 2012)
Ben Carson on Energy & Oil
Click here for 2 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR other candidates on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Petroleum independence would deprive terrorists of funding. (Jan 2012)
  • Intelligently tap our own resources offshore & in Alaska. (Jan 2012)
Ben Carson on Environment
Click here for 2 full quotes on Environment OR other candidates on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Native Americans casinos are justified, but not beneficial. (Jan 2012)
  • Protecting environment logical for capitalists & socialists. (Jan 2012)
Ben Carson on Families & Children
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Ben Carson on Foreign Policy
Click here for 3 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR other candidates on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • Rome's decline began with immoral lifestyle; like in America. (Jan 2012)
  • Freedom is why people come from Cuba to US, not vice versa. (Jan 2012)
  • US poverty pales compared to billions in India & Africa. (Jan 2012)
Ben Carson on Free Trade
Click here for 2 full quotes on Free Trade OR other candidates on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • Stop severe trade imbalance via stiff tariffs. (Jan 2012)
  • Stop severe trade imbalance. (Jan 2012)
Ben Carson on Government Reform
Click here for 4 full quotes on Government Reform OR other candidates on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Human nature makes giving up power difficult. (Jan 2012)
  • Too many lawyers in government; get more doctors in. (Jan 2012)
  • Lengthen House term to 6-10 years, with no re-election. (Jan 2012)
  • Bloated government keeps itself busy to justify existence. (Jan 2012)
Ben Carson on Gun Control
Click here for 3 full quotes on Gun Control OR other candidates on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Law-abiding citizens absolutely should have gun rights. (Mar 2014)
  • Law-abiding citizens have right to guns without registration. (Mar 2014)
  • Semi-automatic weapons ok in countryside, but not cities. (Mar 2013)
Ben Carson on Health Care
Click here for 8 full quotes on Health Care OR other candidates on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • ObamaCare is the worst thing since slavery. (Oct 2013)
  • Health savings account from birth; teach poor responsibility. (Feb 2013)
  • Two-tiered system ok as long as care is adequate. (Jan 2012)
  • Saudi Arabian solution: stiff penalties for medical fraud. (Jan 2012)
  • Regulate insurance companies as non-profit services. (Jan 2012)
  • Government responsibility for catastrophic coverage. (Jan 2012)
  • Let paralyzed quadriplegics choose to die if they wish it. (Jan 2012)
  • Suffered research cancer injection and prostate cancer. (Dec 2007)
Ben Carson on Homeland Security
Click here for 3 full quotes on Homeland Security OR other candidates on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • Roman Empire fell because military was stretched too thin. (Jan 2012)
  • Ethical world leadership stops bullies with brutal force. (Jan 2012)
  • Confront radical violent elements of all religions. (Jan 2012)
Ben Carson on Immigration
Click here for 2 full quotes on Immigration OR other candidates on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • Overwhelming majority want the southern border secured. (Jan 2012)
  • Deportation is moral low road; create guest worker program. (Jan 2012)
Ben Carson on Jobs
Click here for 2 full quotes on Jobs OR other candidates on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • College job: supervised highway cleanup crews. (Jan 2012)
  • Unions bad when they focus on power & not future generations. (Jan 2012)
Ben Carson on Principles & Values
Click here for 17 full quotes on Principles & Values OR other candidates on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • DIRECT: Deny, Ignore, Resist, Exempt, Conform, Transform. (Jan 2012)
  • Naively committed plagiarism in college psychology course. (Jan 2012)

    Personal Background

  • Raised in inner-city Detroit; poor student in grade school. (Mar 2013)
  • Neurosurgeon who specialized in separating conjoined twins. (Mar 2013)

    Political Philosophy

  • Raised a Democrat, but became a registered Independent. (Jan 2012)
  • Democracy was never intended as a spectator sport. (Jan 2012)
  • Wise voters look at their representatives' voting records. (Jan 2012)
  • Tea Partiers & Independents reject spoon-fed biased media. (Jan 2012)
  • For eagle to fly straight, balance left wing & right wing. (Jan 2012)

    Religion

  • Bible study overcame youthful violence and anger. (Mar 2013)
  • Not running for office, but God may call on me. (Mar 2013)
  • End the "war on God". (Mar 2013)
  • 2010: Vetted for Lt. Gov., but decision to run "up to God". (Feb 2013)
  • All religions provide beliefs that make us reasonable. (Jan 2012)
  • National Day of Prayer is a suggestion, not a requirement. (Jan 2012)
  • God granted me a miracle in passing freshman chemistry. (Jan 2012)

    Risk

  • B/WA: Best/Worst Analysis for risk assessment. (Dec 2007)
Ben Carson on Social Security
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Ben Carson on Tax Reform
Click here for 3 full quotes on Tax Reform OR other candidates on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • Bible endorses flat tax--10% tithing. (Feb 2013)
  • Nothing in Constitution supports redistributing wealth. (Jan 2012)
  • Not unpatriotic for rich to take advantage of loopholes. (Jan 2012)
Ben Carson on Technology
Click here for 2 full quotes on Technology OR other candidates on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • Use computer teaching and virtual classrooms. (Jan 2012)
  • Respect privacy; don't use info from post-9-11 monitoring. (Jan 2012)
Ben Carson on War & Peace
Click here for 4 full quotes on War & Peace OR other candidates on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • Tyranny follows if we disarm nukes & madmen get them. (Jan 2012)
  • No right to assume that our way was right for 1960s Vietnam. (Jan 2012)
  • Morality of war in Iraq was highly debatable. (Jan 2012)
  • Better response than post-9-11 invasions: oil independence. (Jan 2012)
Ben Carson on Welfare & Poverty
Click here for 4 full quotes on Welfare & Poverty OR other candidates on Welfare & Poverty OR background on Welfare & Poverty.
  • Charities better at providing for needy than the government. (Mar 2013)
  • Those who don't want to work? They are on their own. (Jan 2012)
  • Government entitlements compete with private-sector charity. (Jan 2012)
  • Eradicate poverty by providing education and requiring work. (Jan 2012)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
(Click on question for explanation and background)
Based on these stances:
(Click on topic for excerpt & citation)
Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-5 points on Social scale)
No abortion for convenience: Strongly Opposes topic 1
The thought of abortion for convenience is repugnant: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Strongly Opposes topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Underdog status is not determined any longer by race: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Compassionate Action instead of Affirmative Action: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-3 points on Social scale)
Marriage should not be extended to same-sex couples: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Redefining marriage is slippery slope with disastrous ending: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Legal binding relationship for gays to enjoy property rights: Favors topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-5 points on Social scale)
Charities better at providing for needy than the government: Strongly Favors topic 4
End the "war on God": Strongly Favors topic 4
All religions provide beliefs that make us reasonable: Strongly Favors topic 4
National Day of Prayer is a suggestion, not a requirement: Strongly Favors topic 4
Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Health savings account from birth; teach poor responsibility: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Two-tiered system ok as long as care is adequate: Opposes topic 5
Regulate insurance companies as non-profit services: Strongly Favors topic 5
Government responsibility for catastrophic coverage: Strongly Favors topic 5
No opinion on topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
School choice increases competitive nature of education: Strongly Favors topic 7
School choice increases competitive nature of education: Strongly Favors topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
No 'rights' to clean air and water
(+2 points on Social scale)
Protecting environment logical for capitalists & socialists: Opposes topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
On Trayvon: It's not a perfect system, but is best we have: Opposes topic 9
Imagine the mayhem if all police protection were removed: Favors topic 9
Saudi Arabian solution: stiff penalties for medical fraud: Favors topic 9
Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Law-abiding citizens absolutely should have gun rights: Strongly Favors topic 10
Law-abiding citizens have right to guns without registration: Strongly Favors topic 10
Semi-automatic weapons ok in countryside, but not cities: Opposes topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Bible endorses flat tax--10% tithing: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Highest corporate tax rate causes highest national debt: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Nothing in Constitution supports redistributing wealth: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Strongly Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-5 points on Social scale)
Overwhelming majority want the southern border secured: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Strongly Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Stop severe trade imbalance via stiff tariffs: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Stop severe trade imbalance: Opposes topic 13
No opinion on topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
(+2 points on Social scale)
Roman Empire fell because military was stretched too thin: Opposes topic 15
No opinion on topic 16:
More enforcement of the right to vote
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(+2 points on Social scale)
Ethical world leadership stops bullies with brutal force: Favors topic 17
Tyranny follows if we disarm nukes & madmen get them: Opposes topic 17
No right to assume that our way was right for 1960s Vietnam: Favors topic 17
Morality of war in Iraq was highly debatable: Favors topic 17
Better response than post-9-11 invasions: oil independence: Strongly Favors topic 17
Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Petroleum independence would deprive terrorists of funding: Favors topic 18
Intelligently tap our own resources offshore & in Alaska: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(-3 points on Social scale)
Marijuana for medical use, but not for recreational use: Opposes topic 19
Marijuana for medical use ok, but not recreational use: Strongly Favors topic 19
Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Let the economy work the way it's supposed to: Strongly Opposes topic 20
The free market works: Strongly Opposes topic 20

Ben Carson is a Moderate Conservative.
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