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article imageDr. Ben Carson getting ready to run in 2016 GOP primaries

By Martin Laine     Aug 2, 2014 in Politics
Dr. Ben Carson, the neurosurgeon turned conservative political commentator, is laying the groundwork for a run for the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election.
According to an article in the Washington Times, he spent two days in Palm Beach, Fla., meeting with supporters and advisors. The result was that he has named Terry Giles to be his 2016 campaign chairman, and he has authorized the formation of a political action committee, or PAC, named One Nation.
“Now is the time to start all of the appropriate exploration and investigation, and put down the structure that is necessary,” Carson told the Times.
Last month Carson finished on top of a field of other Republican presidential hopefuls in a straw poll at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver, Colo., with 22 percent of the vote. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas came in second with 13 percent and Sarah Palin was third with 12 percent. In all, there were some two dozen Republicans on the straw poll ballot.
With the Republican nominating convention still two years away, Dr. Carson stopped short of committing to a run.
“I would say we are a step or two closer than we were last year,” he said. For the time being, he said, he would work to support candidates in the 2014 election.
He has called Obamacare “”the worst thing since slavery”; opposes most gun control measures; supports increased border security; and wants to establish a guest worker program.
According to the website, Dr. Carson, 62, was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up poor in the inner-city. His parents divorced when he was 8 and his brother Curtis was 10, leaving his mother to raise them both alone. She worked long hours as a domestic servant.
Despite a rocky start in school at first, Ben Carson was finishing near the top of his class by fifth grade. After high school, he went on to receive a B.A. in psychology and then entered the University of Michigan medical school. His skill as a surgeon was quickly recognized and in 1985 he became chief resident neurosurgeon Johns Hopkins University.
He gained worldwide fame after several successful operations separating conjoined twins.
He gradually became interested in politics, and gained national attention at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast for his criticism of President Obama. He has since been a commentator on Fox News and a Columnist for the Washington Times.
Dr. Carson is married, and has three children.
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