As speculation continues to grow that Hillary Clinton will run for president a second time, Republicans are searching 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.”