Dr. Ben Carson warming up to the idea of a presidential run

Ben Carson was known primarily for being a good surgeon until February of last year when he delivered a bold speech in the presence of President Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast.

That speech thrust him into the national spotlight and intensified requests that he consider running for President of the United States. It sounds like he is seriously considering it.

Carson told the Weekly Standard this week that he’s “starting to feel” a tug to possibly run for national office, highlighting the intense response he gets when he travels around the country speaking about contemporary issues.

He spoke specifically about a woman whom he said truly touched him when she implored him to seek the presidency.

“She just kept clinging to my hand and said, ‘You have to run. You have to run,’” Carson told the Weekly Standard’s Fred Barnes. “And so many people tell me that, and so I think I’m starting to hear something.”

“It’s a daunting thing,” he said. “I know how vehemently the left will come after you, try to destroy you, try to destroy your family.”

Dr. Carson continued, “But at the same time I recognize that people like Nathan Hale — he said, ‘My only regret is I have but one life to give to my country’ …  and if everybody runs for the hills because they’re afraid that somebody is going to attack them or their family, then [the left] will have won.”


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