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Dr. Ben Carson ‘Starting to Think About’ 2016 WH Run
Conservative Intelligence Briefing ^ | July 23 2014 | CIB Staff

Posted on 07/23/2014 2:17:14 PM PDT by PoloSec

On the day he won a Western Conservative Summit straw poll, Dr. Ben Carson reported he’s “starting to think about” the possibility of a White House bid in 2016.

Reporting that hundreds are showing up for his book signing tour, Carson says of the idea it’s one he “cannot simply ignore.”

Carson rose to prominence after the public dressing down of Obamacare at a prayer breakfast at which President Obama was in attendance. Since that address, Carson’s star has continued to rise among key GOP constituents fed up with what is perceived as a less-than-aggressive response by House leadership.

Despite his popularity, Carson’s electoral prowess is untested, and history does not reflect well on outsider candidates. With an expectedly crowded GOP field of contenders in 2016, Carson’s potential path to the White House is littered with land mines.

Ever coy, Carson reminded, “But it certainly wasn’t on my bucket list when I retired.”


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
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1 posted on 07/23/2014 2:17:14 PM PDT by PoloSec
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To: PoloSec

Go Ben......

It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to be president but...
if one volunteers, take him up on the offer


2 posted on 07/23/2014 2:19:23 PM PDT by bert ((K.E.; N.P.; GOPc.;+12 ..... Obama is public enemy #1)
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To: PoloSec

Run Ben, Run.

Not that he’ll win or even break 10 percent. But the more true conservatives (and less RINO’s and libs) that run - the better.


3 posted on 07/23/2014 2:19:31 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: PoloSec

Goldfish in the piranha tank.


4 posted on 07/23/2014 2:19:53 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: bert

bump


5 posted on 07/23/2014 2:24:04 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: PoloSec

I wish Ben Carson would think about a run for governor, senator or Congressional representative. He is smart and would be an effective advocate but he is not ready to be president. If he really wants to govern, there are opportunities but, at this point, one of them is not president.


6 posted on 07/23/2014 2:27:53 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: PoloSec

I am told that Carson doesn’t make any appearances that he doesn’t get paid for. He needs to be willing to campaign for conservative candidates before talking about running for POTUS.


7 posted on 07/23/2014 2:28:08 PM PDT by iowamark (I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy)
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To: PoloSec

He’s one of my favorite people.
I just finished his auto-biography, “Gifted Hands,” written in 1990—very honest, witty, encouraging to all, honors his mother and those who helped him along the way, AND a testimony to God’s faithfulness in his life. Paperback for $6.99.

I also got his most recent book, “One Nation,” haven’t begun it yet. Anybody read it?


8 posted on 07/23/2014 2:28:22 PM PDT by TurkeyLurkey
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To: bert

It’s not exactly ....BRAIN SURGERY!

You must watch this skit. It will make you laugh:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THNPmhBl-8I


9 posted on 07/23/2014 2:33:19 PM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: cripplecreek

I heard the man speak....... believe me, he is no goldfish

He is brilliant. He wields a verbal stiletto that is inserted so smoothly the victim doesn’t feel the fatal stab until he twists it a time or two. He is a great speaker. Not an orator with bull shit like Obama but a continuous steam of articulate logic delivered in a rather quiet voice.

He is a ghetto raised(detroit for those of you in Michigan) that is not a pussy. He is tough

There is another very important fact. I am convinced he has very big time heavy duty super money business support. He spoke here on the stage of the largest employer in the state of Tennessee. The company is I believe the tip of the carson support iceberg.

His job will be destroy and replace Obamacare....... he knows what to do


10 posted on 07/23/2014 2:33:46 PM PDT by bert ((K.E.; N.P.; GOPc.;+12 ..... Obama is public enemy #1)
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To: PoloSec

Brilliant surgeon, decent man, and a good voice for many things conservative — but not cut out for the presidency.


11 posted on 07/23/2014 2:35:30 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is PUBLIC ENEMY #1)
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To: PoloSec
Forget it. Herman Cain 2.0.

Run for Congress or Senate first for God's sake.

12 posted on 07/23/2014 2:36:05 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: PoloSec

He’d get utterly savaged. If anyone thinks the “can’t criticize the Black guy” thing will persist into a Carson candidacy they will be horribly disappointed. If he can take that, fine.


13 posted on 07/23/2014 2:45:39 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: workerbee

Decent man & presidency...talk about a contradiction in terms.

In my lifetime, we had ONE decent man as president (RR).

Chalking it up to a fluke, not to be repeated.


14 posted on 07/23/2014 2:45:53 PM PDT by LadyBuck (Strangeways...here we come...)
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To: TurkeyLurkey

Read his book Taking the Risk.


15 posted on 07/23/2014 2:46:22 PM PDT by chalkfarmer
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To: PoloSec

Appeal to the Hispanic population and make those ba$tard$ in Washington wish they’d never manufactured the current invasion.


16 posted on 07/23/2014 2:46:23 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: PoloSec

He is too anti-gun for me.


17 posted on 07/23/2014 2:46:25 PM PDT by chae (The Lannisters send their regards--Game of Thrones)
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To: ConservativeDude

Good one. How did you run across that? I mean it’s not exactly rocket science.


18 posted on 07/23/2014 2:50:27 PM PDT by Fungi (This is not a tagline!)
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To: bert

He says a lot of things and walks them back.


19 posted on 07/23/2014 2:51:10 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek

are you a racist ? : )


20 posted on 07/23/2014 2:54:12 PM PDT by bert ((K.E.; N.P.; GOPc.;+12 ..... Obama is public enemy #1)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

I’d rather see him run for Mayor of Detroit. He’s a hometown hero, his anti gay stance would be bolstered and he could help bring a pro life stance to the city. Plus his soft stance on guns would be meaningless in Detroit since state law overrides local laws in the case of guns.

Some close contact with Detroit police chief Craig might strengthen Carson on guns and self defense.


21 posted on 07/23/2014 2:56:57 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek

That (major metro mayor) would make sense. I am certainly aware of the man, but have not followed him very closely. To run for pres, I think one has to have some seriously thick skin and I don’t think he has been tested in that way. Nor in any real executive way. I don’t doubt the quality of the man nor his ability to carry out the job for a second, but running for office is blood sport.


22 posted on 07/23/2014 3:00:46 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: PoloSec

Gah! Here we go again. Conservative vote will split between Cruz and Carson. We have a shot to unite against the GOPe candidate, since the money men haven’t coalesced around a candidate, for the first time since as far back as I can remember.

Carson is a great man. I’d like to see him team up with Ted.


23 posted on 07/23/2014 3:07:24 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: PoloSec

Gah! Here we go again. Conservative vote will split between Cruz and Carson. We have a shot to unite against the GOPe candidate, since the money men haven’t coalesced around a candidate, for the first time since as far back as I can remember.

Carson is a great man. I’d like to see him team up with Ted.


24 posted on 07/23/2014 3:07:24 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

If he can handle the den of snakes that is the Detroit city council he would certainly have proven his diplomatic skills. The fact that Detroit now has a white mayor says the city is definitely trying to change direction.

There are schools named after him in Detroit.


25 posted on 07/23/2014 3:08:37 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

I don’t like his views on the second amendment for one thing.


26 posted on 07/23/2014 3:08:44 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: PoloSec

I know Dr. Carson works in an EXTREMELY DANGEROUS area (at least if he heads one block from the immediate campus), but someone REALLY needs to explain to him that gun control is not something for some areas of the country (like his, in Baltimore), but not for others.

It is for NO AREA OF THE COUNTRY.


27 posted on 07/23/2014 3:11:59 PM PDT by BobL
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To: chae
Not anymore.

http://conservativetribune.com/never-register-your-guns/

28 posted on 07/23/2014 3:12:24 PM PDT by Tennessee Conservative
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To: GeronL
I don’t like his views on the second amendment for one thing.

He changed his mind on that. He is telling people to never register their guns.

Never Register Your Guns

29 posted on 07/23/2014 3:18:05 PM PDT by Tennessee Conservative
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To: Tennessee Conservative

I also would never vote for someone who changes their opinions while thinking about running for office. Artificial.


30 posted on 07/23/2014 3:19:48 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: PoloSec

He’s too nice of a guy. We’re in a situation now where a leader of gentle persuasion is not what’s needed.


31 posted on 07/23/2014 3:21:58 PM PDT by steve86 ( Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: PoloSec

I always laugh when anyone in the media declares a conservative (I’m not sure Dr. Carsen is conservative yet) “untested” or “unknown.”

As if Obama, a guy who was lead around and had everything handed to him his whole life, who never accomplished anything, who won his senate seat buy having his goons destroy the lives of his opponents, who is a coke head, smokes pot, had any trouble.


32 posted on 07/23/2014 3:47:15 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: chae

How is he anti-gun?


33 posted on 07/23/2014 3:50:24 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: TurkeyLurkey

Read Gifted Hands. Amazing man. Amazing mother.
Gifted indeed.


34 posted on 07/23/2014 4:04:35 PM PDT by FES0844
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To: PoloSec

A fellow poll worker told me that the only thing he hates more than Republicans is a black Republican.


35 posted on 07/23/2014 4:09:45 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: PoloSec

Hopefully, a conservative POTUS will put him in his cabinet to do an extremely difficult job: systematically auditing and disassembling federal agencies.

This means moving from agency to agency, rooting out all the Democrats who broke the law and concocted oppressive policies against the people of the United States. While some of these agencies will be torn down to their foundation, others will be substantially downgraded, redesigned, consolidated, etc.

Bureaucrats should tremble in fear at his very presence. And in all his jobs, he should both be able to save trillions of dollars, and pump great vitality back into the economy.


36 posted on 07/23/2014 4:20:19 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("Don't compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative." -Obama, 09-24-11)
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To: PoloSec

He won’t make it as he is drunk on KoolAid

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3183902/posts


37 posted on 07/23/2014 4:27:21 PM PDT by bestintxas (Every time a RINO bites the dust a founding father gets his wings)
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To: PoloSec

I like Dr. Carson but he needs to run for the House or the Senate. He is not ready to be President. This is the guy who says he doesn’t really know what guns are OK for the public to own. Get real. Not to mention that there won’t be another black President for 100 years after Barack Obama screwing things up royally.

The American public is going to be looking for an attractive white man for President in 2016.


38 posted on 07/23/2014 5:02:27 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Fungi

Good question...I don’t actually recall! But it was several years ago, and I’ve not forgotten it.


39 posted on 07/23/2014 5:32:45 PM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: bert
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Ben Carson is a GREAT guy ... but any seasoned pol knows that he's looking for a VP slot (at best) ... and a Cabinet position (and VP in the second Ted Cruz term) ...



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40 posted on 07/23/2014 6:06:10 PM PDT by Patton@Bastogne (.)
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To: chae
The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally — not a 20 percent traitor”.

R. Reagan

41 posted on 07/23/2014 7:21:36 PM PDT by Does so ("Miranda Warnings" and loss of "Common-Law Marriage" = 2 Big Mistakes...)
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To: bert

Carson is against the 2nd amendment.

I heard it from his own lips.


42 posted on 07/23/2014 7:24:05 PM PDT by Noamie
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To: Noamie

Someone wrote that Carson has now stated that gun registration s bad.

One month ago - one month ago - i heard him say the opposite. Heard him say it.

I also heard him say, specifically, that most Americans should not be allowed to own guns, that our cities should be gun free zones, and that in addition to full registration - complicated, expensive, and yearly qualification should be conducted on anyone if they want a “gun license.”

You vote for him you’re a moron.


43 posted on 07/23/2014 7:29:50 PM PDT by Noamie
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

Tested? He got audited by IRS after his famous breakfast speech where he slammed Obama in a very subtle way....He knows that people will come after him. I just hope he doesn’t have any skeletons in his closet, like Hermain Cain....


44 posted on 07/23/2014 7:31:19 PM PDT by Engedi
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To: Responsibility2nd
Not that he’ll win or even break 10 percent.

But he can split some social conservatives away from a far better and more qualified overall candidate, such as a Ted Cruz, so yet another RINO loser is nominated instead. Stay, Ben, Stay. Please.

45 posted on 07/23/2014 7:32:47 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Compromise" means you've already decided you lost.)
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To: Engedi
I just hope he doesn’t have any skeletons in his closet, like Hermain Cain....

Like Boehner, Roberts, ...

46 posted on 07/23/2014 7:35:54 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: Colonel_Flagg

what makes him attractive to “social conservatives”? His ever-changing opinions?


47 posted on 07/23/2014 7:38:32 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL

Geron, you view the socon threads just like I do. You know what some posters say about him. I’m a hard-core socon and I hope he DOESN’T run.


48 posted on 07/23/2014 7:41:57 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Compromise" means you've already decided you lost.)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

I have a very critical eye for this particular guy though, positions don’t turn on a dime like that in normal people who aren’t wanting to be elected.


49 posted on 07/23/2014 7:55:51 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Responsibility2nd

No, too many conservatives splitting the vote in the primary, including those without a realistic shot to win, is just what the GOPe counts on.

If there aren’t enough conservative vanity runs, the GOPe egg a few more on, just to make sure the Establishment vote can come away with a plurality win.


50 posted on 07/23/2014 8:00:32 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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