|U.S. Senate, Arizona|
|Surgeon General of the United States|
|Bachelor's||University of California at San Francisco|
|M.D.||University of California at San Francisco|
|Citations||Bronze Star (2), Purple Heart (2)|
|Birthday||November 22, 1949|
|Place of birth||New York, NY|
Carmona is an Arizona attorney. He was born in New York City, but moved west to pursue higher education. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of California at San Francisco, where he also attended medical school. He is a decorated U.S. Army veteran and served as Surgeon General of the United States from 2002-2006.
- Bachelor's degree - University of California at San Francisco
- M.D. - University of California at San Francisco
Carmona's campaign website listed the following issues:
- Creating Jobs
- Excerpt: "The most important issue we face as a nation is strengthening our economy and creating jobs. Whether it ran Southern Arizona’s first trauma center, or helping run one of the world’s leading health and wellness companies, I’ve learned a few things about building a business and creating jobs."
- Fixing a Broken Immigration System
- Excerpt: "I have a unique perspective of the complexities of this issue – I’m Hispanic and have worked along the border as a deputy sheriff and doctor for more than 25 years. I’ve witnessed first hand how our nation’s immigration system is broken."
- Balancing the Budget Responsibly
- Excerpt: "We can’t afford for Washington to continue to play the same old political games with the budget. Just in the last year, we have seen repeated threats of government shut downs, gone to the brink of default and listened to overheated rhetoric that gets us nowhere."
- Holding Washington Accountable
- Excerpt: "Washington has proven over and over again that it is in need of adult supervision to do the right thing. As long as Congress can't responsibly reduce the budget deficit, I propose we cut their pay until they complete their jobs. And we ought to also freeze it until they do their job and balance the budget."
- Preserving Social Security and Medicare
- Excerpt: "While Social Security faces challenges in the future, we must approach it from a position of preserving, not destroying, this retirement security. This is a program that belongs to the American people – we all pay into it."
- See also: Arizona Gubernatorial election, 2014
In early 2013, Carmona was considered a potential 2014 Democratic candidate for Governor of Arizona. Speculation about his campaign prospects in the race to succeed term-limited Republican incumbent Jan Brewer ended on March 17 when Carmona told an interviewer from 12 News that he had decided against a gubernatorial run, at least in the upcoming election.
Carmona ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Arizona. Carmona ran unopposed in the August 28, 2012 Democratic primary. He was defeated by Jeff Flake (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012. Also in the race were Marc Victor (L) and Ian Gilyeat (I).
|U.S. Senate, Arizona General Election, 2012|
|Independent||Steven Watts (Write-in)||0%||290|
|Independent||Don Manspeaker (Write-in)||0%||24|
|Source: Arizona Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. Senate, Arizona, 2012 - Richard Carmona Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Winner||$9,026,106|
|Total Spent by Election Winner||$9,556,220|
|Top contributors to Richard Carmona's campaign committee|
|University of Arizona||$54,100|
|League of Conservation Voters||$53,148|
|Council for a Livable World||$44,263|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Richard Carmona vs. Richard Carmona|
|Poll||Richard Carmona||Richard Carmona||Other||Undecided||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
|Rasmussen Reports (September 26, 2012)||47%||41%||3%||9%||+/-4.5||500|
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- Official Campaign website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Facebook page
- Twitter feed
- YouTube channel
- Campaign website, Priorities
- AZcentral.com, "Richard Carmona will not run for Arizona governor," March 17, 2013
- National Journal, "Carmona Considering Ariz. Governor Run," January 3, 2012
- ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Arizona," November 7, 2012
- Open Secrets, "Congressional Elections: Arizona Senate Race: 2012," accessed December 28, 2011
- Associated Press, "Arizona - Summary Vote Results," November 6, 2012
- Open Secrets, "Richard Carmona 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 19, 2013