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Uh-Oh: Ben Carson Says He’s Feeling Urge to Run for President

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As speculation continues to grow that Hillary Clinton will run for president a second time, Republicans are Dr. Ben Carson3searching for a contender of their own. The GOP doesn’t have a deep bench in so far as presidential hopefuls are concerned, so they are looking to newcomers to take the mantle. Among those newcomers is former neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who said during an interview that he is starting to feel pressure to run for higher office.

Carson became a hero of the right wing last year when he made partisan remarks at the normally non-partisan National Prayer Breakfast. President Obama sat through Carson’s 27 minute blistering critique of his administration. After the speech, the Wall Street Journal published an article urging Carson to run for president, and it looks like Carson may be taking WSJ up on the offer.

In an interview with The Weekly Standard, Carson explained why he’s starting to feel pressure from people wanting him to run for president.

“[E]very place I go, it’s unbelievable.” He told the story of a woman who “really touched me the other night… She just kept clinging to my hand and said, ‘You have to run. You have to run.’ And so many people tell me that, and so I think I’m starting to hear something.”

During Carson’s National Prayer Breakfast speech, Carson drew attention to the deficit and moral decay.

“I think particularly about ancient Rome. Very powerful. Nobody could even challenge them militarily, but what happened to them? They destroyed themselves from within. Moral decay, fiscal irresponsibility. They destroyed themselves. If you don’t think that can happen to America, you get out your books and you start reading.

“Our deficit is a big problem. Think about it. Our national debt – $16.5 trillion – you think that’s not a lot of money? I’ll tell you what, count one number per second … You know how long it would take you to count to 16 trillion? 507,000 years – more than a half a million years to get there. We have to deal with this.”

 

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  1. And as we all know with these ‘other’ candidates what he really means is he’s got the urge to ‘spin’ some dough…and yes I mean spin.

  2. Dr. Carson to run for president? Whose ticket? Not GOP or TPs’. In January Dr. Carson GOP straw poll was 2% the last in the all-White Organization. In April Carson GOP straw poll was 0%. GOP and TPs don’t want him anymore. He is not their kind and they now say he does not brush his teeth – the John McCain way. Dr. Carson should come to terms that GOP and TPs are rich-White male organization. These two parties are now looking for a White male to beat Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden if they run. Why can’t Blacks know where they belong? It’s in the Democratic Party. At least there we can talk and listened to. Remember FoxNews was serenading Carson after he disagreed with Obamacare. Now even FoxNews people like Bill O’rielly and Sean Hannity have dumped Carson. He is persona non grata like Herman Cain and Allen West. Can’t Carson know he is not wanted in GOP and TPs? That is what puzzles me.

  3. I would not vote for Dr. Carson…I think he is too negative. I use to have a lot of respect for him and it is totally gone.

    He needs to stick to medicine for he appeared to have done well in that field.

  4. I read Carson’s book before I entered Medical school..he was an inspiration to me! Now, he’s not! Stick to medicine..Uncle Tom is dead!!

  5. What he may not realize is that most blk and some white will not vote for him no matter what comes out his mouth.

  6. Allen Keys–Herman Cain—Ben Carson WHO?

  7. LOL!

  8. All I can say is "A FOOL AND HIS MONEY WILL SOON DEPART!"… This Country already have (experienced) a Black Man President…we see how America treated him from Congress, Senate, and Governors ! So, I suggest he go find something else to focus his time doing to help the American people (#blackchildren) !!

  9. He's another asshole like the rest of them

  10. More assholes coming out as tokens

  11. I'll support him not because he's black but I think he has good idea's. Unlike some people.

  12. Sell out moron

  13. Pls Dr. Carson stay in your lane as a world renowned surgeon. You don’t know what you’re getting into. These politicians will eat you alive. It would be a shame to see you behaving like Justice Thomas, a follower, not a leader.

  14. He can use the same acceptance and appeal phone booth that been used by ward Connerly,JC Watts,Allen Keys,Herman Cain to give his campaign kick off speech.Even Ray Charles could see that the gop puts these folks up to run to give them license to talk bad about black folks and others,then when there are no vacanies on the supreme court,they just fade away.

  15. One reason for treating the first black president as though he stoled something (and many think he did), is to make sure that another black won't have the temerity to try it again.

  16. Good ideas, you say? What's so wonderful about right-wing ideas that's been around since before he was born?

    I could never vote for a party that would suppress the minority vote under the guise of preventing voter fraud. A political party only sets out to rig the system when its ideas don't compete well in the marketplace of ideas.

    If Republican "ideas" are so great, let the supporters of those ideas run on them, and allow the electorate to vote up or down. Don't try to win offices of public trust through the use of subterfuge and dirty tricks.

    It's anti-democratic, and autocratic.

  17. Hmm, the national debt! I know how you can add 5 or more trillion almost over night. Just start two wars that you didn't have to wage, and pay for those wars by borrowing from China and the Saudis. Oh, yeah, give the uber-rich large tax cuts, in hopes that the money will trickle down to us less-fortunates, or initiate a drug program without paying for it, and I guarantee you, you'll run up that deficit faster than you can say trillion.

    If Carson runs for the presidency, will he reveal who actually ran up the deficit, or will he do what others do in his party–blame it all on liberals, and democrats.

  18. First telling someone to have a ID isn't suppressing the vote its common sense second rig the system have you seen where dems run things for years. Give me three states ran by dems that's a good place for black people as well. And I'm a independent I do not pledge loyalty to even party but I will vote for any person who shares the same views as mine. You vote dems cause you scared of being enslaved or something. Man up and look around times aren't so great for black people especially if they live under dems rule like new York Chicago LA Detroit Cleveland new Jersey city Newark and oh yeah Baltimore. Facts not emotions brother.

  19. @Steven Quick: Hey, Quick, it is voter suppression, and you know it, but you won't admit it because you'd have the see the Republican party as the evil entity that it is.

    It's not just voter ID's, it's the type of information one needs to secure those ID's, information that's not easily obtainable, or readily available.

    And if demanding stricter Voter ID's won't do the trick, then Republicans reduced the number of hours to vote, and the number of days for voting.

    And if that won't do it, Republicans purged the voter rolls, put voters through the Hell of determining who they are, and that they're eligible to vote–creating a sufficient hassle to discourage the vote. And if that won't do it, Republicans reduced the number of polling locations, and required blacks to travel more than an hour just to reach their polling site.

    It all adds up to voter suppression, which is anti-democratic and autocratic.

    And if all this is alright with you Quick, then you would have loved slavery. And sure, you're not a Republican or a Republican sympathizer. Given how Republicans tanked the economy by fighting two wars on credit (about 5 trillion or so) that we didn't have to fight, enriched the top 1% with tax breaks with the hope that it would trickle down, found it necessary to bail out banks that were too big to fail to avoid a depression, leading to months of steady job losses, and a deep recession, and the only thing you can think to do is attack Democrats.

    You may want to say that you're an Independent, but you're a dye-in-the-wool Republican, as Red State red as they come.

    If you "manned" up, and opened your eyes, rather than live red, see red, and believe red, and call yourself an Independent, you'd know that the recession that began under George W. Bush has destroyed more black wealth in a shorter time than any other event in recent history.

    Well, Bro, you're entitled to your misguided emotions and your flawed opinions, but you're not entitled to your own facts.

  20. Again I'm not a republican so I see clearly and yes they are evil and so are the democrats. And unless these voter ID laws only apply to blacks then everyone is subject to them. Stop making excuses for people who are lazy. I moved from Brooklyn NY to Richmond va, I needed my original copy of my birth certificate for a job I got it because I needed it, there were no clan members online when I orders it either. No excuses

  21. @Steven Quick : You really should educate yourself, and stop relying on your own prejudices and biases to inform you.

    You know, I was "making excuses" for you, but, then, I'll take your advice, and just declare you willfully ignorant, rather than one whose ignorance is a result of circumstance. Regarding your claim that you're not a Republican, if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it must be a duck.

  22. You are obviously the ignorant one in this exchange. You seem to only want to point out all the negatives of republicans and with most I don't agree but when I say the democrats are just the same when it comes to racism you act like a slave or battered woman and to protect any criticism of democrats you go the length to insult my character and intelligence. You are no better than the racist you talk about. How about this you go and study and do some research then when you can respond to my facts with facts like a man.

  23. @Steven Quick: My goodness, aren't you controlled by your prejudices. We were discussing voter suppression, were we not? Give me an instance of Democrats doing it, and I'll condemn them as well.

    You introduced racism into the discussion. If that's your pet peeve, go for it, but remember the topic was never about racism, but voter suppression.

    I see that your "character " is easily "insulted." Now perhaps you "insulted" your own intelligence, but I didn't reference it at all, merely your "ignorance." Ignorance has a precise denotative meaning, "lack of knowledge: lack of knowledge or education," and that definition applies to you precisely.

    As for your intelligence, I suspect that you have the mental acumen to learn, but lack the will do so, apparently too vested in your own biases to be open to a change of mind or opinion.

    I have done my research, but it's obvious that you haven't, or that you prefer to hold to your opinions regardless of it.

    That's twice you made reference to performing as a man. What does my gender have to do with this conversation? Don't you think that you're a little too fixated on what does, or doesn't, constitute manhood?

    When you criticize your beloved Republicans, I'll criticize Democrats. All I've heard from you so far is that you hold Republicans in the same esteem as Democrats, but you've spent your whole time here unloading on Democrats, as though Republicans are above criticism.

    And what's up with these slave analogies? You do know that's a Republican thing, right?

    And "battered women," why would you make your point–any point–using a painful reminder of what women have to endure daily? Why trivialize their suffering? Don't tell me that you're one of their tormenters?

  24. Just what we need another Herman Cain. However this time instead of 999 it will be 666.

  25. He's hearing something alright, voices in his head. He has never held any office, he's a surgeon, & he's going to be the GOP/TeaBag candidate? Lol! Doesn't matter who they will have, most people will not vote for a GOP President. The Wall Street Journal is owned by a Republican. Just like The Weekly Standard is also. What a joke.

  26. He's never even held office! What a joke!

  27. Ok in California democrats want illegal aliens to have I'd and the right to vote in local elections. Now if you start allowing people who should not be voting since they are not citizens then what does that do to our votes, it deminish it. Ask black people in LA how they feel about that and see if they think their vote is being suppressed by democrats who want more mexicans voting.

  28. @Steven Quick: And this is your example of voter suppression? Such a policy would actually expand voting opportunities not curtail them.

    Further, a policy that's kicked around and not actually implemented is not a policy, only in your fertile imagination. Voter suppression has real-world evidence, can be seen, can be measured. It's not a figment of the imagination.

    And Republicans are guilty of voter suppression up to their eye tooth, and you know it. Stop defending them, and their autocratic, anti-democratic endeavors.

    Nevertheless, if policymakers wish to give "non citizens" a non-voting opportunity to voice their electoral preferences, I would support that, but not an actual right to cast votes.

    You've got to do better: Your example of voter suppression is no example. Show me where Democrats have closed down polls to reduce the number of them, or significantly reduced poll hours, or did away with early voting where it once existed, all for the purpose of keeping certain groups from voting.

    C'mon, I know you can do it: Those evil Democrats have to be as bad on this issue as those evil Republicans.

  29. Now I see your crazy so why don't we just let the whole world vote in our elections. Psycho

  30. @Steven Quick : My, my, Steven, haven't you heard: Loose lips sink ships. And what makes matters worse, you're a "Mental Health Tech." I pity those who you counsel.

    Please, don't counsel any more of our youth until you're in control of your own out-of-control emotions.

    This will be the last time that I respond to your comments, as I wouldn't want you to do more harm to yourself than you've already done.

    Go in peace, I won't sacrifice.

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  32. Ben Carson will not get elected as President of the United States. Why? No matter your age, education, expertise, qualifications…etc…to get nominated by the Republican Party there is one thing you must be: a white male. Women, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, Bobby Jindal, especially Blacks…you ain’t getting the nomination. As they said about Herman Cain…inasmuch as they’re trying to get a Black man (Barrack Obama) out of the White House, they’re not going to turn around and put another one in there. Ben Carson? No chance.

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