We all know that if it’s trending on Facebook, it has to be true. No, Ben Carson has not officially thrown his hat in the ring, but according to reports from several news sources, Noozsaurus brings you this: Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon who was born in Detroit, Michigan, vaulted into becoming a leading conservative voice after he retired, entered into the Republican platform in 2014 (although states he really holds no party affiliations) announced to Florida TV station WPEC in West Palm Beach on Sunday, that he will officially ‘toss the hat in the ring’ tomorrow.
“I’m willing to be part of the equation and, therefore, I’m announcing my candidacy for president of the United States of America,” Carson said. The 63 year-old Carson will officially jump off the “political diving board” and into the tumultuous sea of presidential politics at an event in Detroit, where he grew up.
Carson became famous following his blistering attack of Obamacare at the National Prayer Breakfast, in front of President Obama in 2013 as he wiped the smile from the healthcare creator.
While Carson enters the race as a long-shot to getting the nod as the GOP nomination, he currently is polling ahead of several more established contenders in Iowa, site of the first caucus, which include former Senator Rick Santorum.
“I believe it is a very good idea for physicians, scientists, engineers, and others trained to make decisions based on facts and empirical data to get involved in the political arena”. Carson is quoted as saying.
It is too early to tell what this man’s impression will leave on the 2016 race, his legacy in medicine has become legendary. Growing up in poverty, he went on to graduate from Yale and the University of Michigan’s Medical School. At the age of 33, Ben Carson became the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, the youngest physician to head a major division at that facility.
In 1987, his successful attempt at separating twins conjoined at the head, brought him much accolades including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, awarded by President George W. Bush in 2008. The story of his life was then made into a TV movie, where he was portrayed by Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding, Jr.
In many of his speeches, Carson rails against the dangers posed by big government, and opened this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, where he stated that debt and radical Islam were both poised to “destroy” the nation.
We will have to wait and see if this man’s fiery speeches can win over a wider swath of GOP voters, since his status in the world of electoral politics is novice at best. This run could prove to be quite challenging for Carson, but there is no doubt he is garnering favor with many conservative primary voters.