Ben Carson Friday announced that he is suspending his hopeless quest for the presidency, putting to an end what had at one point seemed a promising campaign.
Carson announced his decision at the conservative CPAC conference in Maryland. “I will still continue to be heavily involved in trying to save our nation,” he said.
Carson burst onto the political scene at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast with a riveting dissection at of liberal policies and the Obama presidency — as President Obama looked on. Soon enough, he decided he would have Obama’s job himself, joining the Republican primaries in 2015. At one point Carson seemed to be the man who could upend Donald Trump as he rolled into the lead in Iowa. The first black president might just be followed by the second, it seemed.
But Carson’s lack of foreign policy knowledge and his sleepy presence during the debates soon moved him to the back of the pack. His continuation in a race despite loss after loss threatened to erode the respect and love he commanded from many voters, and his exit comes none too soon.
Carson himself put his predicament best. “You know there’s a lot of people who love me, they just won’t vote for me,” he said.