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.
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 CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSchumer moves to break GOP blockade on Biden's State picks Bipartisan senators to hold hearing on 'toxic conservatorships' amid Britney Spears controversy GOP senators seek to block dishonorable discharges for unvaccinated troops MORE (R-Texas) has advocated abolishing the department, while front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling 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.