Dr. Ben Carson, one of the leading Republican presidential candidates for 2016, was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. Carson attended Yale University for his undergraduate education and then went on to The University of Michigan School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at the Johns Hopkins University Medical Center. Carson then remained at Johns Hopkins for 29 years as the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery.
Dr. Carson gained nationwide recognition for his skill after successfully completing several risky procedures. In 1987, he became the first to separate Siamese twins that were connected by the back of their head. In addition to his medical accomplishments, Dr. Carson has received high levels of recognition—including the highest honor given out by the NAACP, the Spingarn Medal, in 2006. In 2008, Former President George W. Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the most prestigious award a U.S. civilian can receive.
As an outsider to the Washington scene, Carson has the ability to bring a different perspective to issues than the other Republican candidates. During debates, his answers seem unrehearsed, unlike the other potential candidates which is truly refreshing.
Carson also holds a unique position on minimum wage. He argues that we should enact a “two tier” system, so that recently employed workers are paid less than long-time employees. This is intended to encourage longer employment, as each year worked provides the chance to have an increased salary. In addition, Carson wants to end the discussion about the minimum wage being as only a starvation wage. In order to do this, he wants to index the minimum wage to inflation so that it rises proportionally.
The best quality of Carson is also one of his biggest drawbacks—he has had no meaningful experience in Washington. Since he is relatively new to the scene, he is going to be easily swallowed up by the politicians in Washington. It is hard to trust what he promises in his campaign because it is very likely that his opinions will change depending on his biggest donor at the time.
Lastly, Carson is deeply religious, and while this is typically a good thing for candidates in the Republican Party, it can tend to dissuade many moderates and independents.