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Todd to Carson: How Is Monitoring Colleges Political Speech Not Violating First Amendment?

Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” host Chuck Todd pressed Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson on his plan to use the Department of Education to police universities and colleges political speech and deny funding in cases of “extreme political bias.”

Carson said, “This is not just spouting off, I’ve thought about this. The way that works is you invite students at the universities to send in their complaints, and then you investigate.”

Todd asked, “How is what you’re advocating not a violation of the First Amendment?”

Carson countered, “It’s not a violation of the First Amendment. All I’m saying is tax payer funding should net be used for propaganda.”

Todd said, “Your definition of propaganda could be what somebody else views as free speech.”

Carson answered, “Well that’s why I said, we’re going to have the students send in, and we will investigate.”

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