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 cant 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 hes made so far in his campaign about a 10-percent flat tax. The math doesnt work, Quick pointed out, and would produce $1.5 trillion less than the country takes in now.
I didnt say the rate would be 10 percent, Carson whined. I used a tithing analogy. The rates 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 tonights debate that theyve 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 hes 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 cant, then dont issue any specific statements that youll have to change over and over again, only to have your campaign staff repeatedly change them, too.
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