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Carson: “Likelihood is Strong” I will Run

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.

18 Responses to Carson: “Likelihood is Strong” I will Run

  1. Don’t you diss Dr. Carson. I find it refreshing that there are some minor bobbles so far in advance. We need to change the field from pre-packaged answers that have nothing to do with the question to a more honest and sober approach to having conversations leading to solving problems.

    Now I don’t see him having a snowball’s chance in heck of winning, but I do see him playing a role as a change agent.

    • I don’t think he would have a clue on how to dismantle O-care. The legislative process…the relationships…the horsetrading…the hardball…the sneakiness, if you will…the “long memory” for betrayal–nope.

  2. His caveat sounds like an unusual way to try to get out the vote in November. There isn’t a lot of smoke and noise this election, but it couldn’t be more important. We really need to retake the Senate and be done with Harry Reid, and of course we need to keep the House and keep Pelosi out of power (while being done with John Boehner wouldn’t be a bad idea either).

    A strong conservative (or even Republican) showing in November would be encouraging to many candidates to take a run at 2016. If we are going to continue to give Obama power and slide down the slope into tyranny, it’s hugely disappointing to those of us who believe in freedom.

  3. Dr. Carson has a plan for dismantling Obamacare while implementing reform in a manner that makes sense. He believes in restoring the principles that gave us confidence in the future, reason to work hard and the satisfaction anyone would experience from succeeding in life. We can ALL relate to Dr. Carson. He is a role model for our youth and is not pompous, money hungry or insincere. Having a man like Dr. Carson as our President would be great medicine for all Americans. He has an amazing track record. I would follow him for that reason alone!

    • As a doctor, not as a president–or even a health insurance expert. I am sure he had people for that. I don’t mean to be disparaging, he seems sincere, but he is no administrator. Yes, he has values of God and country–that is good. But that is not all we need.

  4. He wants to see if the people firstly are interested in a Conservative Congress based on the 2014 elections. If not, and the same old Dems still control the Senate, he won’t waste his time. And I don’t blame him for not tilting at a windmill for the next 2 years if the outcome is per-ordained. He doesn’t need the job or the hassle.

  5. I like Dr. Carson, but not as President. We need someone that isn’t afraid to get in there and be tough when needed. I think that Dr. Carson would have a hard time looking much different that Obama as far as talking things to death, trying to get people to understand his point of view. I think he would be great in an official office for HHS>