Dr. Ben Carson is a retired pediatric neurosurgeon running for the GOP nomination for president in the 2016 election. Running as a political “outsider”, his numbers in the polls have surged since the first two televised debates, coming within just a few percentage points of (and in some cases surpassing) frontrunner Donald Trump’s.
Ahead of the next GOP debate on Wednesday, October 28, NTUF analyzed the policy statements Dr. Carson has made in the first two Republican debates as well as information from his campaign website & social media pages, and interviews & speeches he has given since officially declaring his candidacy.
To determine the potential impact on spending, we matched his proposals with budget data, news reports, and related legislation in Congress and in NTUF’s BillTally database of historical cost estimates.
In total, his campaign proposals would decrease outlays by $99.5 billion per year, but there are 10 items on his agenda whose costs are currently indeterminate.