Carson would use Education Department to monitor colleges for classroom bias

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 CruzThis week: Shutdown deadline looms over Congress Five things to watch for at Trump-Clinton debate Week ahead: Funding fight dominates Congress MORE (R-Texas) has advocated abolishing the department, while front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpWATCH LIVE: Trump and Clinton face off in first debate Poll: Clinton, Trump in tight race nationally Clinton announces guests for first debate 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.