Carson’s campaign theme is to “heal, inspire and revive” the nation. He would end Obamacare and urge Congress to declare war on the terrorist group known as the Islamic State or ISIS. Carson would provide resources for the fight in Syria, but would require that a coalition of what he calls moderate Arab nations lead the fight. He supports school vouchers and charter schools to improve what he calls a failing public school system. He would provide block grants aimed at rewarding the best teachers and for continuing training to improve instruction. He opposes abortion and funding to Planned Parenthood.
Carson, 64, is running for the Republican nomination for president of the United States. Carson is a former prominent neurosurgeon and author of several medical, inspirational and political books. He came from a rough, inner-city neighborhood in Detroit and said he battled a bad temper that compounded the difficulties, but he developed a love for learning. After excelling in high school, he attended Yale University and after he graduated took on several jobs, including X-ray technician and crane operator in a steel factory. He attended the University of Michigan Medical School and went on to spend much of his career at the Johns Hopkins University Medical Center in Maryland. He directed pediatric neurosurgery there for 29 years and his most celebrated case was the separating of conjoined twins in 1987 through a technique he pioneered. A 2009 television movie called “Gifted Hands” traced his life. He created the Carson Scholars Fund that has provided scholarships to more than 7,500 youths nationwide. He and his wife, Candy, have three children.