Ben Carson says he would not get rid of the Department of Education, a position contrary to several of his Republican White House primary rivals.

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Instead, the retired neurosurgeon said the agency should be used to monitor America’s colleges and universities for “extreme political bias.”

“I actually have something I would use the Department of Education to do,” Carson said on Glenn Beck’s radio show on Wednesday.

“Would it be pack boxes for the State Department? The IRS?” Beck joked.

“No, it would be to monitor our institutions of higher education for extreme political bias and deny federal funding if it exists,” he responded.

“I like that,” Beck rejoined.

Republican primary hopeful Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzWith Freedom Caucus dig, Trump masters the media ... again Texas Dem targets Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018 What are 'religious liberty' bills really about? MORE (R-Texas) has advocated abolishing the department, while front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpLiberals don't understand difference between news and opinion Rubio: Former campaign aides targeted by IP address in Russia Ivanka Trump will be an asset in her new role at the White House MORE said it should be significantly cut to empower local districts.

Carson also said he would "intensify" the war on drugs and send a "stabilizing" military force back into Iraq if elected.