Further fueling rumors that Dr. Ben Carson will mount a presidential campaign during the 2016 election season, the retired neurosurgeon addressed a crowd in Iowa this week in part to discuss that very subject.
Carson, the soft-spoken conservative who has attracted widespread support and a grassroots campaign meant to pressure him to run, confirmed that he will base his decision on the response he receives from the American people.
He made his statements in Cedar Rapids during a two-day visit to a state that exerts significant influence in the months leading up to a presidential primary. He was in town to publicly endorse Republican U.S. House candidate Rod Blum.
“If people indicate that they’re ready for a country that is for, of, and by the people,” he said, “I’ll be all in; and if they indicate they want government to control every aspect of their life, I’ll go do something else.”
According to Carson, the nation is in dire straits as a result of the current direction of its leaders.
He described our current ideological battle as “one of the most critical periods in our history as a nation,” blaming “a dysfunctional system in Washington” for the problems we now face.
Attendee Julie Beimer said she is sold on Carson’s plan to return America to its conservative roots.
“I think he makes a lot of sense,” she said, “and makes what we feel is so complicated sound doable and easy.”
While his core supporters believe that Carson is the man to stem the tide of big government leftism, some see his dearth of representative experience as a serious impediment.
University of Northern Iowa’s Justin Holmes, for example, said his outsider status could easily work against him in a nationwide election.
“It’s one thing to be a smart guy,” the assistant professor of political science said, “and it’s another to be somebody who has a record.”
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