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.
“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 CruzDem lawmakers rally Muslims against Trump Anti-Clinton super-PAC looks to inflame intraparty tension with Sanders backers The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Texas) has advocated abolishing the department, while front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpHow did Hillary Clinton do? Pundits react to speech Winners and losers of the Democratic National Convention Trump unloads on Clinton moments after speech 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.