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WATCH LIVE: Ben Carson Senate Hearing

WATCH LIVE: Ben Carson Senate Hearing

Trump chose him to lead Housing and Urban Development.

Former presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Housing and Urban Development Secretary, will have his confirmation hearing today at 10AM ET in front of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

Carson turned down Trump’s request to leads the Human and Health Services, but accepted the HUD nomination. He often fought with Trump in the primary and even said he would never work in Trump’s administration. Trump chose Carson for “his ‘brilliant mind’ and passion about ‘strengthening communities and families within those communities.'” Carson has said:

“I grew up in the inner city and have spent a lot of time there, and have dealt with a lot of patients from that area and recognize that we cannot have a strong nation if we have weak inner cities,” he said.

The hearing has ended at 12:33PM ET. Honestly, I doubt Carson will have any problem with confirmation. Everyone liked him and he did so well.

Sen. Tester asked Carson about having a 30 year mortgage without a government guarantee. Carson said yes, with the private sector.

Rubio praises Carson’s giving personality and thinks he’s a great choice to lead HUD.

Sen. Marco Rubio is now introducing Carson.

Sen. Sherrod Brown praised Carson, but also noted that Carson has commented about cutting government programs. Brown said these could be harmful. Brown also said that Trump’s plans have nothing in it aimed at Carson’s proposed department.

Sen. Mike Crapo introduced Carson, noting that he grew up with a single mom in an impoverished part of Detroit. He worked hard, attended Yale and University of Michigan Medical School.

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American Human | January 12, 2017 at 10:10 am

I’m glad that good decent men such as Ben Carson will be holding (some of) the reigns of power in Washington and he seems to have a grasp of free markets and what they’re capable of.

No one is perfect but he’s one of the good guys!

UnCivilServant | January 12, 2017 at 10:17 am

While I respect Dr. Carson and his achievements as a surgeon, this office just doesn’t strike me as a good fit. I’m still left asking ‘Why?’ whenever it comes up.

    He has direct experience on the receiving end of HUD policy.

    I think that Dr. Carson’s role is going to be less as an administrator and more as a preacher. That is, he is going to be preaching a message to those in government housing (and the inner cities in general) that is quite different from the Democrat’s message of dependency and victimhood. He is just the guy to do it. I think Trump wanted to give Carson a soapbox and this is probably the best place to do it. Who pays any attention to the Surgeon General?

Just watched the opening rounds of the Mattis hearing and was impressed by his answers to Reed and the other Democrat leading the hearing 🙂

McCain: Do you believe we have the best military?
Mattis: No (end of question).

Thank god the adults are coming!

Mailman

I truly look forward to seeing what Dr. Carson can do with his new position. I hope he will have some balancing influence within this administration.

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