GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson emphasized the importance of traditional values and the nuclear family on Wednesday.
SiriusXM Patriot host David Webb asked Carson how he would address the “epidemic” of single-parent households in this country.
Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, called for a focus on families with “traditional, intact values” and denounced the “PC police.”
“We have got to stop paying attention to the PC Police who say every lifestyle is exactly of the same value. No, it’s not of the same value,” Carson said. “It is very clear that intact, traditional families with traditional, intact values do much better in terms of raising children. So let’s stop pretending that everything is of equal value.”
Criminal behavior and poverty are directly correlated to the single-parent household, Carson argued.
“When young girls have babies out of wedlock, most of the time their education ends with that first baby,” he explained. “Those babies are four times as likely to grow up in poverty, end up in the penal system or the welfare system. You know, I’m not making this stuff up. That’s well-documented. That’s a problem.”
Carson, the only black candidate running for president in either party, regularly underlines the importance of family structure and traditional values, particularly when discussing problems affecting the black community.
He made his views on the issue clear during his visit to Harlem, New York in August.
“We need to be talking about, ‘How do we instill values into people again?’ And those are family and faith,” he said.
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