Neurosurgeon and conservative star Dr. Ben Carson said Monday that “the likelihood is strong” that he will run for president in 2016, saying he will decide by May of next year
But Carson offered up a strange caveat, suggesting that voters would have to prove they are supportive of his ideas in the upcoming November elections before he would take the plunge.
Carson was asked twice by radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt if he is going to run. Here are the two separate answers, the first less certain than the second.
I think the chances are reasonably good of that happening. I want to make sure that it’s clearly something my fellow Americans want me to do. And I’m also waiting to see what the results are in November, because if the people indicate that they truly do want a nation that is for, of and by the people, then I, along with I hope many other people, would be willing to give it everything we possibly have . . .
Unless the American people indicate in November that they like big government intervention in every part of their lives, I think the likelihood is strong.
It’s the wrong approach for a potential presidential candidate and movement leader to precondition a run with the desire for a show of support for his ideas. A conservative presidential candidacy should be about bringing conservatism to the nation, not requesting it in advance.