When someone runs for president, he or she should have a firm platform established early on. Policies, stances, goals … makes sense, right?
Someone needs to remind Ben Carson of that common-sense fact, though. This Republican candidate announced his bid for the White House about seven months ago – but still can’t offer a firm standpoint on any issue, or one that can be issued without him or his campaign staff having to issue a corrective “wait for our platform” statement shortly after.
Like the comments he made on income taxes during the October 28 debate (still ongoing), and in response to the first question asked.
Moderator Becky Quick went straight to Carson with the first question of the evening, referring to statements he’s made so far in his campaign about a 10-percent flat tax. “The math doesn’t work,” Quick pointed out, and would produce $1.5 trillion less than the country takes in now.
“I didn’t say the rate would be 10 percent,” Carson whined. “I used a tithing analogy. The rate’s going to be closer to 15 percent.
But Carson has spit out that “10 percent” claim, and multiple times at multiple campaign events, including the very first GOP debate.
Even worse, his own campaign has had to scramble multiple times to water down that 10-percent statement, even telling The Washington Post one day before tonight’s debate that they’ve yet to complete their research on the topic. Taking the cake, his campaign staff said the rate would have to be higher than 15 percent. And even though he’s been officially campaigning for seven months, even his website can only mention the subject of taxes in general terms of “end the IRS as we know it.”
Advice to Carson: make up your mind on issues before you start your campaign. And if you can’t, then don’t issue any specific statements that you’ll have to change over and over again, only to have your campaign staff repeatedly change them, too.
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