Ben Carson, a now-retired pediatric neurosurgeon from Baltimore, told reporters Sunday night that he would seek the GOP presidential nomination next year. He also said that he would issue a more formal statement on Monday.
Carson, who is at his first attempt to win a public office, will be the only African-American with real chances of success in winning the Republican presidential primary.
His main assets are his appraised experience as a neurosurgeon, his previous conduct as conservative star, his books, and “Gifted Hands,” 2009 a movie about his life and career where he is depicted by Cuba Gooding Jr.
He led for nearly three decades the neurosurgery unit at the Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital and coordinated surgeons in the first surgery to separate conjoined twins “glued” at the back of their heads.
Although he admitted that he had no previous political experience, he tried to turn that into an asset as well. He said that he would run for President as a “member of ‘we the people,’” rather than a politician.
“I see myself as a logical American who has common sense and I think that’s going to resonate with a lot of American, regardless of their political party,”
But Carson, 63, may not be too popular among his potential voters. He won the hearts of conservative activists a couple of years ago at the National Prayer Breakfast, where he sharply criticized the nation’s general state and lack of direction.
Although his 2013 speech contained many excerpts from his book “America the Beautiful,” conservatives were impressed with his courage to express his criticism with President Obama sitting just a few feet away from the stage. Since that episode, Carson continued to criticize Obama on various topics from his health care reform to international decisions.
Last month, Carson also expressed his view on the events occurring in Baltimore, the city where he worked and lived for many years. In a recent interview, he described the looting and other acts of vandalism a peaceful protest had morphed into as a “gross misconduct.”
After his retirement, Carson moved from Baltimore to Palm Beach, Florida. Yet he decided to officially announce his campaign in Detroit, the city where his mom raised him and his brother by herself despite a great financial distress.
He described his hometown as a place where poor minorities hailed every announcement that the government would send some support. He acknowledged that his family received welfare aid, so he plans to support similar measures as a “safety net” for people who really needed one.
The new GOP candidate disagrees with marriage equality and abortion rights due to his deep-seated religious beliefs as a practicing Christian. But his unique views on Obamacare and foreign policies baffled even his most conservative peers.
He compared Obamacare to modern-day slavery and called for tighter regulation on insurance companies and health care services. While he described himself as a long-time supporter of Israel, he doesn’t agree to Obama’s eagerness to wage wars in the region.
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