Dr. Ben Carson is a beloved figure among conservatives. He’s a moral man who happens to also be brilliant and strong – when Dr. Carson speaks, conservatives listen. For a while now there has been a movement among the grassroots to draft Dr. Carson into a run for the White House in 2016. He’s been coy thus far – though increasingly active in the political conversation, especially as it pertains to the major news network broadcasts.
Well, he’s coy no more.
In a recent interview with Hugh Hewitt of the eponymously named radio show, Dr. Carson admitted that the “likelihood is strong” that he’ll be running for President come 2016.
Hugh Hewitt: Now I know you like debating. And so the question arises. Will we be seeing you on the presidential debate circuit next year that will begin, that the Republicans are organizing for those who want the nomination of the party?
Ben Carson: I think the chances are reasonably good of that happening. I’m waiting, you know, obviously, for a few more months. 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.
Hugh Hewitt: Now that’s going to be a crowded stage. It’s going to be 10, 12, maybe even 14 people up there. Do you expect to be able to make any headway against such experienced debaters as Ted Cruz? He’s won nine Supreme Court cases. Or Marco Rubio, or Rand Paul? These are, and you’ve governors like Scott Walker and Rick Perry and Chris Christie. You feel like you’ve got the experience you need to debate political heavyweights that experienced?
Ben Carson: I’ve been talking all of my life. And I will continue to talk. You know, I will never be a politician. I will tell you that right off the bat.
Look. I love Ben Carson as much as the next guy. He is smart and he is a man of principle. However, Dr. Carson is going to run into trouble with conservatives when they learn where he stands on gun rights. But we also aren’t sure about his views on many other issues. One of Dr. Carson’s most attractive qualities, the fact that he isn’t a politician, is also one of his greatest weaknesses. If Dr. Carson were a politician we would know where he stands on most of the issues of the day – because he isn’t, there is a lot of unknown that comes along with him.
We’ll see what happens, but the inclusion of Dr. Carson into the 2016 race is a positive development as it broadens the field in a variety of ways. Good Luck, Dr. Carson!