Ben Carson, retired neurosurgeon, confirmed that he would be running for president in 2016.
“I’m willing to be part of the equation and therefore, I’m announcing my candidacy for president of the United States of America,” Carson told. “Many people have suggested to me that I should run for president, even though I’m not a politician,” he added.
“I’m not going to do and say what’s politically expedient, I’m going to say what’s right,” Carson said in an interview with Bloomberg. “If that’s something that resonates with the people great and if it doesn’t, that’s who I am and I’m not going to change.”
Accroding to Yahoo News, Carson earned national acclaim during 29 years leading the pediatric neurosurgery unit of Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore. Moreover, he directed the first surgery to separate twins connected at the back of the head.
Carson moved to Palm Beach, Florida, after his retirement from Johns Hopkins. But his campaign is announced in Detroit, the town where his mother raised him and his brother in poverty.
Dr.Carson attributes his politics to his upbringing, and acknowledges that his mother received welfare aid. Moreover, he claims to support the statement “a safety net for the people who need a safety net.”
“People are afraid to stand up for what they believe in because they don’t want to be called a name. They don’t want an IRS audit. They don’t want their jobs messed with or their families messed with, ” he says, “But isn’t it time for us to think about the people who came before us and what they were willing to do so that we could be free?”
Regarding Obama’s record on the economy, Carson said that many people “buy hook, line, and sinker the idea that our economy is getting much better and that, you know, the unemployment rate is down to 5.5 percent! You know what? If the unemployment rate was down to 5.5 percent, our economy would be humming, OK, but obviously it’s not.”
“I see myself as a logical American who has common sense,” he said, “and I think that’s going to resonate with a lot of American, regardless of their political party.”
Dr. Carson says that he is “a reluctant warrior” and states in a direct manner that he can’t solve all the problems that currently occur. “You must have enough humility to be able to work with others to recognize you’re not necessarily the expert in everything. But you can with very good advice, make good decisions.”