Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson says he would like to use the Department of Education to investigate complaints of bias on college campuses.
Carson’s vision for the department differs from many of his GOP opponents who would like to see the department closed, according to a recent U.S. News & World Report story.
During an Oct. 25 interview on the “Meet the Press,” Chuck Todd asked him about his proposal.
“You said that you would use the Department of Education to police ‘bias’ on college campuses,” Todd said.
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“I said ‘extreme bias,’ there is a difference,” Carson answered.
Todd challenged Carson about the plan’s workability, suggesting that it could be subject to the whims of conservative or liberal administrations.
“This is not just spouting off, I’ve thought about this,” Carson replied. “The way that works is, you invite the students at the universities to send in their complaints, and then you investigate.”
“How is what you are advocating not a violation of the First Amendment?” Todd asked later in the interview.
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“It’s not a violation, because all I am saying is taxpayer funding should not be used for propaganda. It shouldn’t,” Carson said.
“There is just no way that our institutions of higher education should be used for indoctrination,” he added.
Some critics suggested that Carson’s plan had not been fully thought through and that he might have been speaking off the cuff.
But this isn't the first time that Carson had mentioned his plan publicly.
“I actually have something I would use the Department of Education to do,” Carson said on Glenn Beck's radio program on Oct. 21. “It would be to monitor our institutions of higher education for extreme political bias and deny federal funding if it exists.”