Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson spoke at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) campus yesterday morning. The retired neurosurgeon announced he was running for president last month.
Carson outlined several of his proposals to a crowd gathered outside the school’s student union. The ideas include a six-month corporate tax holiday, decreasing the government’s say in federal money given to states and creating a “flat tax” based on the biblical concept of tithing.
When Carson announced his campaign, he told stories of growing up in one of Detroit’s roughest neighborhoods, recalling the sadness he felt after the murder of a neighborhood candy-distributing drug dealer. Carson did lay out a few policy ideas during his announcement speech.
He discussed lowering or perhaps even temporarily eliminating taxes on money U.S. companies make overseas: “There is $2 trillion of offshore money. They will not bring it back because it will be taxed at 35 percent. What if we give them a tax holiday and let them bring it back, repatriate that money? It won’t cost us a dime.”
Since then, a national Monmouth University poll, released Monday, shows Carson topping the GOP 2016 field with 11 percent. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was a close second with 10 percent, followed by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Florida Senator Marco Rubio tied at nine percent.
Rounding out the top 10 was former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (8%), Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (6%), Texas Senator Ted Cruz (5%), New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (4%), former Texas Governor Rick Perry (4%), and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum (3%). Meanwhile, businesswoman Carly Fiorina, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham and businessman Donald Trump each received two percent support, while Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and Ohio Governor John Kasich received just one-percent each, while former New York Governor George Pataki found zero support in the poll.
Twenty percent of surveyed voters however said they are still undecided.
Compared to a Monmouth survey taken in April, this new poll shows growing support for Carson and Rubio, who gained four points each. Cruz dropped six points, Trump five, and Bush fell by four, while the percentage of undecided voters rose six points.
Carson turned heads in 2014 with another comparison when he warned that Progressives could turn the country into the next Nazi Germany.
“There comes a time when people with values simply have to stand up. Think about Nazi Germany,” he said. “Most of those people did not believe in what Hitler was doing. But did they speak up? Did they stand up for what they believe in? They did not, and you saw what happened.”
Following his visit to the UNR campus, Carson headed for Las Vegas to speak on Wednesday at the 32nd annual National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Conference. Also scheduled to speak at the conference are Democratic presidential candidate’s Bernie Sanders on Friday and Hillary Clinton on Thursday.
While NALEO’s listed as ‘nonpartisan,’ it strongly supports a path to citizenship for illegal aliens. Many of the GOP presidential candidates remain opposed to giving legal status to people here illegally.
Tomorrow, the Republican National Committee plans to launch an anti-Clinton press conference in Las Vegas, with Nevada’s Lt. Governor Mark Hutchison and former U.S. Treasurer Rosario Marin, the first Latino in that job. They’ll talk about her record and the GOP’s “commitment to the Hispanic community.”
The RNC is using various social media platforms to air a half-minute commercial titled, “Wrong for America.” It’ll use pieces of news stories calling into question Clinton’s honesty.
After her speech, Clinton plans to visit northern Nevada, though exactly where remains unknown at this time. As one local pundit put it, “She must be having a hard time finding a place to host her visit, why else is her campaign keeping this event a secret?”