Ben Carson suspended his campaign at the CPAC conference in Maryland on March 4, 2016.
"Even though I might be leaving the campaign trail, you know there's a lot of people who love me. They just won't vote for me," Carson said. "But it's OK. It's not a problem. I will still continue to be heavily involved in trying to save our nation."
He added, "I did the math. I looked at the delegate counts ... and I realized it simply wasn't going to happen. And if that's the case, then I simply didn't want to interfere with the process."
Ben Carson is a reluctant politician. A physician by trade, Carson gained national attention when he spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast in 2013. As a man who speaks his mind, Carson used the opportunity to talk about a range of social and fiscal issues, and standing just ten feet from President Barack Obama, he spoke bluntly about healthcare and what he saw as the dangers of Political Correctness. Many interpreted the remarks to mean that Carson is conservative and he became a darling in conservative media circles. Carson, however claims not to be affiliated with any political group, and that makes him even more appealing to a large segment of the population that is looking for a leader from outside the political realm.
Carson is a native of Detroit, Michigan and after receiving his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School, he began an accomplished career in medicine. He has served as Professor of neurosurgery, oncology, and pediatrics, and was the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. At just 33 he became the youngest division director in Johns Hopkins history.
Ben Carson is also the author of six books all published by Zondervan, a Christian media and publishing company. His books speak to his personal struggles and triumphs and lay out his philosophy of what it takes to succeed in life.
Carson’s political views have been described as traditional and infused with common sense. He has spoken about his belief in traditional marriage, thinks marriage is between one man and one woman and has been critical of the theory of evolution. These views have generated criticism from the political left in America, and made him even more endearing to the right. Carson takes these criticisms in stride and actually views them as sort of a badge of honor. They hit at the heart of one of his top issues, his attack on political correctness and the danger he sees in that way of thinking.
As a doctor, Carson has also been an outspoken critic of the Affordable Care Act and has referred to the laws as the worst thing to occur in the United States since slavery. He is an advocate for a government sponsored health savings account that allows individuals to save money, pre-tax, to cover their health care needs. He even advocates that individuals could bequeath these accounts to their family members upon their death.
Dr. Ben Carson announced his candidacy for President today, May 4th, in his home community of Detroit. The Carson campaign kicked off with a 40-minute paid television documentary to air in 22 states and Washington, DC. The video is titled, “A Breath of Fresh Air: A New Prescription for America” and details Carson's biography from birth to a poor, single mother and his rise to director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Ben Carson Presidential Announcement Full Speech