The Weekly Standard reported in their May 19 edition Dr. Ben Carson may be shifting toward a 2016 run for president. If so, he could be the most formidable of all Republican candidates against the Hillary Clinton campaign money machine. Not only does Dr. Carson counteract Ms. Clinton’s nonsensical “glass ceiling for women" routine, but he’s black and he is a real doctor.
Up until recently Dr. Carson claimed to have little interest in running for president. There have been groups formed to encourage his candidacy, but little support from the man himself. His standard retort to such questions was, not unless "called by God." He now claims he’s "starting to feel it."
The retired director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital said his thoughts about running for president have been affected recently by the enthusiastic audiences he has received across the country. Ordinary Americans by the thousands have signed petitions requesting Dr. Carson to re-think his non-candidacy status.
Dr. Carson wrote in his latest book, "One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America's Future," that "Over the years, there have been many attempts to get me to throw my hat in the political arena. I have been offered support from around the country and tremendous financial resources if I decide to run for national office. But I have not felt the call to run. If I felt called by God to officially enter the world of politics, I would certainly not hesitate to do so."
He told The Weekly Standard that he’s "starting to feel it. Because every place I go, it's unbelievable." Money is the name of this campaign. Ms. Clinton leads the way with her campaign war chest that began long before losing the 2008 Democratic primaries to future President Barack Obama.
To challenge the former secretary of state and senator from New York, the Republican candidate will need substantial funding from sources such as the wealthy Koch brothers, casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson and key Republican organizations. As a career doctor and not a career politician, fundraising is not one of Dr. Carson’s professional talents.
He told The Standard the task of running would be “daunting.” That is the understatement of 2014.
It will mean media intrusion at every turn, enemies under every rock and a necessary toughening of the doctor’s political hide. "I know how vehemently the left will come after you, try to destroy you, try to destroy your family. But at the same time I recognize that people like Nathan Hale, he said, 'My only regret is I have but one life to give to my country.' And if everybody runs for the hills because they're afraid that somebody is going to attack them or their family, then the left will have won."
It appears that the fire is there for such a public sacrifice of privacy for a doctor with no political experience. "As far as my running for public office, that was never my intention. I thought when I retired I was going to play golf and learn how to play an organ. But, obviously, the good Lord had a different plan for me. I will obviously listen, but that is not what I really had intended to do."
This cannot be good news for the Hillary campaign. It will be a lot harder to trash this reputation of this type of candidate. More so than professional politicians such as Gov. Christie or former Gov. Jeb Bush. (See attached video)
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