CABINET/BEN CARSON/HUD: "Carson found strong footing with Democrats by putting lead poisoning on his list of priorities. 'Lead poisoning irreversibly affects brain and nervous system development, resulting in lower intelligence and reading disabilities,' he said.
Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), noted that Freddie Gray, whose death in police custody led to riots in Baltimore, was a victim of lead paint, drawing a nod of approval from Carson.
'I’m not just talking about lead abatement. I’m talking about perhaps putting clinics in neighborhoods,' Carson said."
– “Key moments from Senate hearing on Ben Carson,” Politico.com, Jan 12, 2017, Lorraine Woellert and Kyle Cheney, 1/12/2017