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Ben Carson Weighs 'Calling' for Presidential Run
Newsmax ^ | 15 May 2014 | By Melanie Batley

Posted on 05/15/2014 1:25:31 PM PDT by kingattax

Ben Carson may be shifting toward a 2016 run for president.

Carson has said that while he doesn't have a plan to make a run, and would only do so if he felt "called by God." Now, he is "starting to feel it."

According to The Weekly Standard, the retired director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital said his thoughts about running for president have been affected recently by the enthusiastic audience he has received from across the country.

"Over the years, there have been many attempts to get me to throw my hat in the political arena," Carson wrote in his new book, "One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America's Future."

"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," he wrote, adding that "If I felt called by God to officially enter the world of politics, I would certainly not hesitate to do so."

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KEYWORDS: 2016; bencarson; carson; carson2016
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1 posted on 05/15/2014 1:25:31 PM PDT by kingattax
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To: kingattax

Ben, I hope YOUR closet is “bone free”...

I was a Herman Cain supporter.


2 posted on 05/15/2014 1:26:18 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: kingattax
A thoughtful, conservative who would lead. And his last name is not Bush.
3 posted on 05/15/2014 1:27:32 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: kingattax

Ben is already doing the chameleon thing.


4 posted on 05/15/2014 1:27:59 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: MrB

I don’t think Ben Carson is another Herman Cain. If he had any “bones”, they would have been brought front and center when he scolded Obama at the CBC dinner.


5 posted on 05/15/2014 1:29:09 PM PDT by Kenny
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To: kingattax

If he can’t get the most important amendment to the US Constitution correct(2nd Amendment), why would I trust him to defend the rest of the Constitution?


6 posted on 05/15/2014 1:31:52 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: MrB

The “closet” of Herman Cain is like a Sunday picnic compared to what is in the closet of Bill Clinton (rape, indecent exposure, sexual harassment, perjury, molestation to name a few). From what I saw all Cain did was exuberant friendliness towards attractive women. Nobody accused him of molestation, indecent exposure, or rape. And all those women had connections to Chicago politics.


7 posted on 05/15/2014 1:32:44 PM PDT by entropy12 (Some thought Obama would be no worse than Romney. So we have less jobs and more food stamps people.)
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To: SoConPubbie

We do not need another constitutional scholar in the White House. We already have a professor of constitutional issues residing in the White House.

Ben Carson has all the right instincts. That is so much more important than memorizing the constitution.


8 posted on 05/15/2014 1:35:29 PM PDT by entropy12 (Some thought Obama would be no worse than Romney. So we have less jobs and more food stamps people.)
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To: SoConPubbie; kingattax

9 posted on 05/15/2014 1:35:37 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: kingattax

I have no problem with him running, but politics at this level is no game for beginners. As we have seen with so many other promising candidates.

Shouldn’t he try running for some lesser offices first ?
The most troublesome thing is the lack of executive experience.
I have nothing but admiration for his medical achievements, but running organizations is a skill, and a difficult one.


10 posted on 05/15/2014 1:35:58 PM PDT by buwaya
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To: entropy12

I’m under no illusion that the left will treat any conservative candidate fairly,

or will report without hypocrisy, and treat any transgressions of conservatives like they would those of Clinton.


11 posted on 05/15/2014 1:36:21 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I could live with Cruz/Palin.


12 posted on 05/15/2014 1:37:04 PM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: buwaya

Anybody running a medical practice has a good bit more administrative experience than the Kenyan did.


13 posted on 05/15/2014 1:37:21 PM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: entropy12

He was NEVER a professor! He was an instructor of freshman classes. About two steps above a janitor on the academic totem pole. Regurgitating the Left’s talking points doesn’t help us.


14 posted on 05/15/2014 1:37:37 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: entropy12

Of course there is a double standard.
The only way out of it is if someone on the right were to buy out some of the left wing media entities.
Until then its a fact that the playing field is on a slope.


15 posted on 05/15/2014 1:37:44 PM PDT by buwaya
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To: Genoa

So do most shift supervisors at Subway or Burger King.


16 posted on 05/15/2014 1:38:21 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: kingattax; BillyBoy; Impy; NFHale; fieldmarshaldj
Remember that them saying that they are interested is a very effective way to get THEM media attention

Recall 2011 Palin had them following that ‘freedom’ bus around the country by playing the tease, like a breadcrumbs trail. “The problem is I do have the fire in my belly” she responded on Greta LOL

Christie, Rubio, Jeb, Ryan, Paul, Santorum, Romney .... all jumping on TV talking like they are making a pitch for that job,....

Now I can add Carson..... where's the Huckster?

17 posted on 05/15/2014 1:38:28 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Obama : 'I never said that you can keep your doctor . Republicans lie about me ')
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To: kingattax

He’s not a conservative.


18 posted on 05/15/2014 1:40:28 PM PDT by conservative98
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To: entropy12
We do not need another constitutional scholar in the White House. We already have a professor of constitutional issues residing in the White House.

B.S. on both counts.

If Zero is a constitutional scholar, then I am the Queen of England.

And yes, we do need a constitutional scholar, and especially someone one who recognizes, acknowledges, and fights for the 2nd Amendment being the most important amendment since it protects all the other parts of the constitution from an overbearing and overreaching government.

If Ben Carson can't get this right, he is not ready for prime-time.
19 posted on 05/15/2014 1:40:59 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Regurgitating the Left’s talking points doesn’t help us.

You sound like you are well familiar with left's talking points. I ignore them so I do not know what they are.

Are you still pushing Palin to run?

20 posted on 05/15/2014 1:43:13 PM PDT by entropy12 (Some thought Obama would be no worse than Romney. So we have less jobs and more food stamps people.)
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To: entropy12

21 posted on 05/15/2014 1:44:20 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: SoConPubbie

Ok, so the doctor is not a constitutional scholar. But I like his stance on most issues. Also like his courage to tell Obama on his face what is wrong with Obamacare.

So which constitutional scholar are you supporting in 2016?


22 posted on 05/15/2014 1:45:52 PM PDT by entropy12 (Some thought Obama would be no worse than Romney. So we have less jobs and more food stamps people.)
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To: entropy12

I will support Cruz out of those 2.


23 posted on 05/15/2014 1:46:44 PM PDT by entropy12 (Some thought Obama would be no worse than Romney. So we have less jobs and more food stamps people.)
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To: Genoa

Yes, and see what happened.
The Democrats are a clique, where a collection of entities calls the politico - bureaucratic shots. Obama is just a figurehead. The only administration the Democrats need is already there-the permanent Federal bureaucracy.

The Republicans have nothing like that - a President has to come in with an actual administration to impose his will. He has to choose a genuine executive team that he has to manage.


24 posted on 05/15/2014 1:47:43 PM PDT by buwaya
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To: sickoflibs

Mike Huckabee looking at ‘trend of support’ to make 2016 decision
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3142943/posts

Huckabee in Washington, hinting at 2016 bid
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3137711/posts

Mike Huckabee eyes 2016 presidential bid; pastors press him to run
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-gop/3099703/posts


25 posted on 05/15/2014 1:48:29 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: kingattax

Well, good. Either run, or don’t run. Make a commitment, if you want one from me.


26 posted on 05/15/2014 1:48:51 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: conservative98
He’s not a conservative.

I tend to agree. He endorced Monica Wehby in the Oregon Senate race. She is a OK-with-abortion doctor who is stunningly ignorant on other issues. She donated to the AMA, who gave the money to Oregon Democrats. She is supported by Bob Packwood, who used to be called Senator Death because he was so pro-abortion.

27 posted on 05/15/2014 1:50:36 PM PDT by aimhigh (1 John 3:23)
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To: aimhigh

Dr. Carson is ANTI-2A. No way I’ll even consider him.


28 posted on 05/15/2014 1:52:02 PM PDT by gwgn02
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To: entropy12

If you “ignore” them your ignorance will hurt you.


29 posted on 05/15/2014 1:53:52 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: buwaya
Dear buwaya,

Dr. Carson was the chief of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins with a large staff working under him. In fact, he pretty much single-handedly started the department, recruited a number of doctors who, under his mentoring, became top neurosurgeons in their own right, and managed the growth of this specialty and his department up until the last year or two.

His legacy at Hopkins is the greatest pediatric neurosurgery department in the world.

I don't know whether folks think that the sort of executive experience that's right for the job of president, but he is not without significant executive experience.


sitetest

30 posted on 05/15/2014 1:59:00 PM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: gwgn02
Dr. Carson is ANTI-2A. No way I’ll even consider him.

This would be a good place to cite a source or two.

31 posted on 05/15/2014 1:59:36 PM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: kingattax

Dr. Carson is among the best of the best in either party to run for President.

Dr. Carson has what it takes to lead us out of the generations-long flaws that we voters have tolerated to our peril: voting for our own Entitlement to Federal Welfare.

We have voted to harm our children, without ever admitting that that has been the cumulative effect of our voting.

A crude shorthand way of writing this opinion is the intent of the following poem by yours truly:

The Anti-Children, Free Stuff, American Family, Political Dynasties:

You list is well intended,
Of that I’m very sure.
What is lacking is the reason
That these family jobs endure.

We-who vote them in,
Have we our reasons?
We-who re-elect them,
Must have reasons too?

What the reasons are
It is obvious to know:
We all like to LIVE LARGE,
Take our free stuff and go!
“Charge everything to our kids:
charge, Charge, CHARGE!”

“Politicians will be politicians,
Just as boys will be boys.”
Is what we laugh and say,
By those who hate their kids
And vote to make them pay, Pay, PAY!

“No!” You say, “NO!
You’re not talking about ME!
I LOVE my kids!” is your reply - - -
But who will be stuck
To pay your greedy free stuff bills,
When you die, Die, DIE?

__________

In 2014 it is time, - - - time for a change.


32 posted on 05/15/2014 2:02:12 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: kingattax

Naaaah.


33 posted on 05/15/2014 2:04:37 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Two parties, one agenda. It's the uniparty.)
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To: don-o
Dear don-o,

Originally, he made comments that what's appropriate in one place may not be in another, so, banning certain types of guns in rural areas may not be right, but it might be right in the inner city.

However, just a couple of weeks ago, he wrote an opinion piece in the Washington Times recognizing the Second Amendment right as fundamental and necessary to liberty, citing the defense of the country through force of privately-owned and maintained arms against an oppressive government as the ultimate defense of the people against tyranny.

I suspect that the Kenyan anti-Christ’s worsening persecution of political opponents is opening his eyes, especially the Bundy ranch thing. I think he's learning.

My own view is that we could do far worse than Ben Carson.

But I am a little prejudiced, as my son was treated at Johns Hopkins by one of his proteges.


sitetest

34 posted on 05/15/2014 2:08:56 PM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: don-o

I usually don’t do other peoples homework for them, however here you go

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2013/03/04/dr_benjamin_carson_on_gun_control_it_depends_on_where_you_live.html

What don’t you get about SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED good Dr.?


35 posted on 05/15/2014 2:09:43 PM PDT by gwgn02
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To: buwaya

I was just going to type something almost identical to your post. Thanks for saving me the time, and, needless to say, I agree completely with your POV.


36 posted on 05/15/2014 2:14:57 PM PDT by lonevoice (We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality)
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To: sitetest

Thanks for stepping in to clarify.

Isn’t it interesting that both Carson and West are launching trial balloons today?

Of those two, I would go with West, based on his military background. We are sorely in need of making that requisite for high office once again.


37 posted on 05/15/2014 2:15:56 PM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: entropy12
The “closet” of Herman Cain is like a Sunday picnic compared to what is in the closet of Bill Clinton (rape, indecent exposure, sexual harassment, perjury, molestation to name a few). From what I saw all Cain did was exuberant friendliness towards attractive women. Nobody accused him of molestation, indecent exposure, or rape. And all those women had connections to Chicago politics.

But Republicans, like Caesar's wife, must be above suspicion; otherwise the media will flay them alive.

38 posted on 05/15/2014 2:17:03 PM PDT by Sans-Culotte (Psalm 14:1 ~ The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”)
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To: Genoa

Except that he hasn’t run a medical practice. He was employed by Johns Hopkins hospital for his entire medical career.


39 posted on 05/15/2014 2:20:32 PM PDT by lonevoice (We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality)
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To: kingattax

I thought I heard ole Ben was an Affirmative discrimination fan.


40 posted on 05/15/2014 2:22:32 PM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: kingattax

Ben Carson would make a pretty good HHS secretary. He’s simply wrong on the Second Amendment and that’s a huge no-no for me.


41 posted on 05/15/2014 2:23:58 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Compromise" means you've already decided you lost.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Ben is already doing the chameleon thing.

I seem to recall him saying some really stupid things recently.
Had to do with 2A.

No vote here.

42 posted on 05/15/2014 2:30:07 PM PDT by grobdriver (Where is Wilson Blair when you need him?)
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To: entropy12
Ok, so the doctor is not a constitutional scholar. But I like his stance on most issues. Also like his courage to tell Obama on his face what is wrong with Obamacare.

I agree with you 100% on those points.

So which constitutional scholar are you supporting in 2016?

The one who had memorized the US Constitution in High School - Ted Cruz:

3. His education in conservatism came early on. His teacher from an after-school education program picked him to be part of a traveling show about the Constitution. From The Weekly Standard:

Story chose four or five of his best students, led by Cruz, to join a traveling troupe called the Constitutional Corroborators. He hired a mnemonic specialist to teach them how to memorize the text of the Constitution up through the Bill of Rights. (Who wants to memorize the Eleventh Amendment?) Armed with an easel and felt pens, with Mrs. Moore or another parent at the wheel, the corroborators drove throughout Texas and occasionally beyond to breakfasts, lunches, or dinners held by the Rotary Club or Kiwanis or the VFW or any other civic group with an open slot for speakers. While the audience sawed away at the Chicken a la King, the corroborators wrote out various articles of the Constitution word for word. When the meal was over they’d take questions.

“The people just loved them,” Mrs. Moore says. “They knew so much, people couldn’t believe it! And you had to be a very polished speaker. Ted really worked at it. He’d practice at home in front of the mirror to get everything just right.”

43 posted on 05/15/2014 2:36:22 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Has not hurt me so far...but there is always the 1st time :)


44 posted on 05/15/2014 2:36:43 PM PDT by entropy12 (Some thought Obama would be no worse than Romney. So we have less jobs and more food stamps people.)
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To: kingattax

Amnesty and anti-2nd amendment.

Maybe a surgeon general in a conservative administration but not a president or HHS.


45 posted on 05/15/2014 3:00:27 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: kingattax
Carson has said that while he doesn't have a plan to make a run, and would only do so if he felt "called by God." Now, he is "starting to feel it."

The things God gets blamed for...

46 posted on 05/15/2014 3:07:01 PM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: SoConPubbie

I am supporting Cruz in 2016. He would be a great president.
I also like Governor Walker and senator Paul in 2016.

In the end it will boil down to who has the widest support in general election. I am not sure if Cruz is polling well among independents. 20% of voters call themselves independents. The nominee will need more than half of those voters to win in general.


47 posted on 05/15/2014 3:15:06 PM PDT by entropy12 (Some thought Obama would be no worse than Romney. So we have less jobs and more food stamps people.)
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To: entropy12
In the end it will boil down to who has the widest support in general election. I am not sure if Cruz is polling well among independents. 20% of voters call themselves independents. The nominee will need more than half of those voters to win in general.

I wouldn't worry about the polling at this stage of the game.

Reagan, much further in the Presidential election process AFTER the primaries, was polling 30%+ behind Carter and still managed to whip his butt.

The real work will be in convincing those who sincerely believe they have to find somebody who does not offend some special-interest group that the best choice is always the most principled choice that can communicate well.

Reagan was that choice in 1980 and Ted Cruz is that choice in 2016!
48 posted on 05/15/2014 3:52:30 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: MrB
I was a Herman Cain supporter. ________________________________________________________________ So was I. But, when accused of sexual harassment by some old broads, he ran like a little girl and hid behind his wife's skirt. I LOST ALL RESPECT FOR HERMAN CAIN. If you're innocent, you stand and fight and say: I want to face my accusers on national television. But, he ran. He was guilty as hell.
49 posted on 05/15/2014 4:01:19 PM PDT by Din Maker (Susana Martinez in 2016! Governor, Conservative, Female and Hispanic)
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To: 1Old Pro

I could definitely live with a Cruz/Palin Ticket as well. For my second choice, see my Tagline.


50 posted on 05/15/2014 4:15:18 PM PDT by Din Maker (Susana Martinez in 2016! Governor, Conservative, Female and Hispanic)
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