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Ben Carson Said He’d Run for President if He ‘Felt Called by God’ — Well, Guess What
The Balze ^ | 16 May 2014 | Billy Hallowell

Posted on 05/16/2014 5:30:34 PM PDT by mandaladon

Ben Carson, the famed neurosurgeon who delivered a bold speech critical of President Barack Obama at least year’s National Prayer Breakfast, is reportedly warming up to the idea of a presidential run.

Carson told the Weekly Standard this week that he’s “starting to feel” a tug to possibly run for national office, highlighting the intense response he gets when he travels around the nation speaking about contemporary issues.

He spoke specifically about a woman whom he said truly touched him when she implored him to seek the presidency. She just kept clinging to my hand and said, ‘You have to run. You have to run,’” Carson told the Weekly Standard’s Fred Barnes. “And so many people tell me that, and so I think I’m starting to hear something.”

But Carson said he’s fully aware that running for president is no easy feat.

“It’s a daunting thing,” he said. “I know how vehemently the left will come after you, try to destroy you, try to destroy your family.”

Carson continued, “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.”

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KEYWORDS: bencarson; cruz; elections
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Could be a good running mate for Cruz.
1 posted on 05/16/2014 5:30:34 PM PDT by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon

Opinions?


2 posted on 05/16/2014 5:31:59 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: mandaladon

He’s a good man, but has anyone who said this ever NOT gotten the call?

It’s seems like it’s a given once they make the statement.


3 posted on 05/16/2014 5:32:24 PM PDT by SaxxonWoods (....Let It Burn...)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I don’t know if I could vote for him because his position on the 2nd Amendment seems to have been colored by where he comes from, rather than a sensible overall view which would obviously be ravenously pro-gun.

However, Carson is unashamedly pro-life. He ripped the homo agenda a new one comparing them to NAMBLA on live TV (pretty ballsy). He is a free market thinker, and is very knowledgeable on healthcare.

I would look forward to having an intellectual heavyweight like Carson on the debate stage, and I’d agree a Cruz/Carson ticket would be a formidable challenge to the Hillary Shillary machine.


4 posted on 05/16/2014 5:35:53 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: mandaladon

Seeing as he doesn’t support my 2nd Amendment right, I’m not interested in trusting him with power.


5 posted on 05/16/2014 5:36:10 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

No.

I would like to see him run for mayor of Detroit. He’s a hometown hero and might actually be able to get through to enough of the people to make a difference.

Plus his weakness on guns wouldn’t be an issue there because state law rules on that issue.


6 posted on 05/16/2014 5:36:47 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I think he’s a brilliant man and a great asset to the conservative cause, overall. I don’t think he will be, or should be, president.


7 posted on 05/16/2014 5:37:47 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: chris37

“There’s a reason for the Second Amendment; people do have the right to have weapons.” Ben Carson


8 posted on 05/16/2014 5:39:31 PM PDT by mandaladon (To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful an)
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To: mandaladon

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Carson

Carson was the keynote speaker at the February 7, 2013, National Prayer Breakfast.[23] During his speech, Carson commented on several social and fiscal issues including political correctness, education, the national debt, health care and taxation. On political correctness (PC), Carson remarked: “PC is dangerous, because you see, this country, one of the founding principles was freedom of thought and freedom of expression. And it [PC] muffles people. It puts a muzzle on them.” On education, he compared current graduation rates with those 200 years ago: “In 1831, Alexis de Tocqueville came to our country ... anybody finishing the second grade was completely literate.” About healthcare: “Here’s my solution. When a person is born, give him a birth certificate, an electronic medical record and a health savings account, to which money can be contributed, pre-tax from the time you are born, to the time you die. When you die, you can pass it on to your family members.” Carson spoke favorably of the flat tax system, which he prefers to call the “Proportional Tax” based on the biblical principle of the tithe.[24]


9 posted on 05/16/2014 5:43:10 PM PDT by mandaladon (To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful an)
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To: mandaladon
Dr. Benjamin Carson On Gun Control: "It Depends On Where You Live"
10 posted on 05/16/2014 5:43:23 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Viennacon

How about him being Secretary of Health or something related to his profession?


11 posted on 05/16/2014 5:43:41 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

well, that would be the ideal. HHS was a job made for Carson really. Just like, if I were president, Allen West would probably be my SOD ;)


12 posted on 05/16/2014 5:47:59 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: mandaladon

I hope he does. That might get me excited. And maybe it will fire some people up when the left starts calling him “Uncle Tom”.


13 posted on 05/16/2014 5:48:22 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: cripplecreek

When asked by Glenn Beck if people should be allowed to own semi-automatic weapons, Dr. Benjamin Carson said: “It depends on where you live. I think if you live in the midst of a lot of people, and I’m afraid that that semi-automatic weapon is going to fall into the hands of a crazy person, I would rather you not have it.” (Glenn Beck Show, March 1, 2013).....”semi-automatic” is the key word...I don’t have a problem with his view.


14 posted on 05/16/2014 5:49:44 PM PDT by mandaladon (To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful an)
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To: mandaladon

Ben is already doing the chameleon thing... walking back the fact that he thinks guns should be registered and licensed just like vehicles, and the fact that he thinks Saint Trayvon was the victim.


15 posted on 05/16/2014 5:50:18 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: mandaladon
No. 2nd Amendment is a disqualification.

I also don't like those scam superpacs asking for donations for his "non" presidential run.

16 posted on 05/16/2014 5:50:34 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: SaxxonWoods

BINGO!!!!!!!!!!! YES!!!!!!!!! 100%!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I do not trust pols who talk that way. When I bought my Eldorado Biarritz, I did not say God told me to do it.


17 posted on 05/16/2014 5:51:29 PM PDT by Doctor 2Brains
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To: mandaladon
..”semi-automatic” is the key word...I don’t have a problem with his view.

Most firearms are semi-automatic. I didn't see that comment from him. He's gone from "no" to "Hell no" with that comment.

18 posted on 05/16/2014 5:51:45 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: mandaladon
”semi-automatic” is the key word...I don’t have a problem with his view.

I do, and anybody with two brain cells in a row would.

Most of the handguns in circulation are semi-autos.

I suspect that you think a "semi-auto" is a "machine-gun."

Am I right?

19 posted on 05/16/2014 5:52:34 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: mandaladon
The Balze

lol.

20 posted on 05/16/2014 5:52:37 PM PDT by Fido969 (What's sad is most)
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To: mandaladon
”semi-automatic” is the key word...I don’t have a problem with his view.

I do considering the fact that despite the scary words "Semi Automatic" those guns have saved a lot of lives in Detroit where they need them most.
21 posted on 05/16/2014 5:53:35 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: mandaladon

I would prefer Ben Carson to Mitt Romney.


22 posted on 05/16/2014 5:53:49 PM PDT by be-baw (still seeking)
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To: Darren McCarty

I would ask him how he feels about Detroit’s justifiable homicide “problem” that a Detroit politician recently complained about.


23 posted on 05/16/2014 5:58:52 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: be-baw

How about Anne Coulter as the POTUS spokeswoman so she can get really snippy with the urinalists that show up to the press briefings? Watch the fur fly daily!

Yeah, I know, she’s not welcome here on FR, but she would the focus of so much “news” because she wouldn’t take any crap from them and just fling it right back.


24 posted on 05/16/2014 5:59:34 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: mandaladon

Why don’t you post the rest of what he said.

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/conservative-hero-ben-carson-to-beck-you-have-no-right-to-semi-automatic-weapons-in-large-cities/

“Asked by Beck for his thoughts on the Second Amendment, Carson gave the popular pro-gun argument: “There’s a reason for the Second Amendment; people do have the right to have weapons.”

But when asked whether people should be allowed to own “semi-automatic weapons,” the doctor replied: “It depends on where you live.”

“I think if you live in the midst of a lot of people, and I’m afraid that that semi-automatic weapon is going to fall into the hands of a crazy person, I would rather you not have it,” Carson elaborated.”

Do not try and hood wink me, son, I ain’t no fool.


25 posted on 05/16/2014 6:01:50 PM PDT by chris37 (heartless)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
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Shot 4 times and still managed to return fire and hit 2 of 3 assailants, one of them twice.
26 posted on 05/16/2014 6:02:52 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I like him, hit the mediawhores will eat him alive.


27 posted on 05/16/2014 6:03:19 PM PDT by wny
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To: mandaladon

A brain surgeon vs a filthy lawyer.Or vs a fake Indian.Should be fun.


28 posted on 05/16/2014 6:04:02 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: mandaladon
Could be a good running mate for Cruz.

Nope. Carson seems like a nice guy, but he has not been vetted, and a presidential race is not to place to do it.

Remember Herman Cain? I liked him a lot when he was running. Then women started coming out of the woodwork, and he folded his campaign.

Have Carson run for Mayor of Detroit or Chicago against the Dem machine, or better yet run for Gov in a competitive state against a Dem incumbent. If the Dem mud machine fails to find anything, THEN he can run for higher office.

This is why I like somebody like Scott Walker: the Dems hate him so much that if there was any dirt, they would have used it by now.

29 posted on 05/16/2014 6:04:45 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: mandaladon

Run Ben. You are needed.


30 posted on 05/16/2014 6:05:02 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Being a former paratrooper and Viet Nam veteran, I do know the difference between a semi-auto and a machine gun. With my two cells in a raw...I still would support Dr. Carson.


31 posted on 05/16/2014 6:07:51 PM PDT by mandaladon (To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful an)
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To: mandaladon

What’s your rational for confiscating most of the handguns in circulation?


32 posted on 05/16/2014 6:09:15 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: PapaBear3625

I like Walker he’s done a great job in WI, but he does not seem to be an exciting candidate. We need someone with broad appeal...without the independent vote we will never win.


33 posted on 05/16/2014 6:12:02 PM PDT by mandaladon (To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful an)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I would never advocate confiscating guns...except perhaps from proven criminals or insane people.


34 posted on 05/16/2014 6:14:18 PM PDT by mandaladon (To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful an)
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To: mandaladon

Where they hide one’s past and they exploit anothers, doesnt matter in this case if he’s black, remember herman caine!


35 posted on 05/16/2014 6:15:37 PM PDT by ronnie raygun
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To: mandaladon

So you want to phase-out the sale of new semi-autos to the peasants, and grandfather-in the ones already owned by the them?


36 posted on 05/16/2014 6:18:26 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: mandaladon

I like Ben Carson, but he isn’t presidential material. He is valuable right where he is.


37 posted on 05/16/2014 6:20:02 PM PDT by stilloftyhenight (...staying home isn't an option.)
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To: mandaladon
I like Walker he’s done a great job in WI, but he does not seem to be an exciting candidate. We need someone with broad appeal...without the independent vote we will never win.

Walker does present his views effectively, for example this Scott walker interview.

You can tell he has some people on the GOPe side worried, considering that fake story about Walker and gun control that was a thread on FR a couple of weeks back.

38 posted on 05/16/2014 6:20:19 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I don’t even buy the BS about keeping guns out of the hands of criminals anymore. Nothing more than feel good laws that do nothing but keep tabs on people who can legally own guns.


39 posted on 05/16/2014 6:26:45 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek

I just think there’s a difference between what he thinks and what he knows is Constitutional, or what he’d try and have changed once president. It’s easy to fall into the “he’s not *my* perfect candidate” trap, if you do you’ll be waiting a loooong time and be disappointed every time along the way.

I’d doubt that he’d do anything aggressive about gun control, although I’d like to hear it from him.


40 posted on 05/16/2014 6:43:59 PM PDT by fuzzylogic (welfare state = sharing consequences of poor moral choices among everybody)
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To: stilloftyhenight

hmmm, no disrespect but looking around at the supposed “presidential material” he’s a ray of light.

Hillary!! lol - I mean, I’m living in the Twilight Zone.


41 posted on 05/16/2014 6:47:09 PM PDT by fuzzylogic (welfare state = sharing consequences of poor moral choices among everybody)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

He’s got my vote!


42 posted on 05/16/2014 6:48:04 PM PDT by abclily
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To: mandaladon

No thanks.

Dr. Carson is good man, but he needs to demonstrate he can win something first.

Politics is a skill and most people need to learn the ropes and at least show they can win a general election at some local/state level before they jump right into running for President of the United States.

Yeah, yeah, I’ve heard the “but we want a regular guy as President”. Sorry, but those people generally don’t win because they don’t have the political skills to avoid becoming a gaffe machine.

Let’s not have a Herman Cain re-run. That was silly enough to last us for a few presidential cycles.


43 posted on 05/16/2014 6:52:08 PM PDT by Longbow1969
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To: Longbow1969

I really do with he would run for mayor of Detroit. He’s a local hero with schools named after him and he might get through to enough people to bring about real change from the bottom up.


44 posted on 05/16/2014 6:56:53 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Viennacon
homo...NAMBLA

Same thing.

45 posted on 05/16/2014 7:01:29 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: Viennacon

I have a problem with him as Presidential candidate based on his statements regarding Trayvon Martin.


46 posted on 05/16/2014 7:12:25 PM PDT by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

He MUST be against amnesty!


47 posted on 05/16/2014 7:25:50 PM PDT by SgtHooper (This is my tag!)
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To: cripplecreek

Do not waste him on Detroit. Nobody can save Detroit!! Let the Dems go down with it. All pubes and conservatives should stand clear of Detroit!!


48 posted on 05/16/2014 7:34:44 PM PDT by SgtHooper (This is my tag!)
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To: cripplecreek

That would be fantastic. I’d love to see some black conservatives or even just right leaning independents start winning in urban areas and helping break the Democrat lock on this voting block.

I am certain Dr. Carson is a good man, and running for mayor of Detroit or some office that matches his current political skills would be terrific.

One thing people should realize about seemingly conservative political unknowns is that not only do they not usually make good candidates for high office, are we really sure if they win they can resist the establishment/media’s attempt to tame them? It is a lot harder than it seems. How often to we see supposed conservatives go to Washington and become mushy moderates? This is especially true of some of our judicial appointments. Now how often do you see this behavior from the left? There is a lot more pressure on conservatives to conform, and most human beings want to be liked and want to be agreeable. We need elected officials that can resist this kind of pressure, even the most subtle kind.


49 posted on 05/16/2014 7:56:16 PM PDT by Longbow1969
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To: Longbow1969

A place like Detroit really does need a mayor who is an inspirational leader and Carson came from a situation that many there live in today. (And this time its not basketball of football stardom)


50 posted on 05/16/2014 8:00:18 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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