The Carson campaign released a really weird campaign press release denying that he will be suspending his campaign because he’s going home after the Iowa caucus.
— Tom McKay (@thetomzone) February 2, 2016
Instead, he’s going to go “get a fresh set of clothes.”
Ben Carson will go home to Florida following the Iowa caucuses instead of flying directly to early-voting states New Hampshire and South Carolina, regardless of what happens in the first-in-the-nation voting state, so he can “get a fresh set of clothes,” his campaign said Monday.
Larry Ross, a spokesman for Carson, insisted in a statement that the retired neurosurgeon “is not suspending his presidential campaign, which is stronger than ever.”
“After spending 18 consecutive days on the campaign trail, Dr. Carson needs to go home and get a fresh set of clothes,” Ross said. “He will be departing Des Moines later tonight to avoid the snow storm and will be back on the trail Wednesday. We look forward to tonight’s caucus results and to meaningful debates in New Hampshire and South Carolina.”
To get a jump on the traffic out of Iowa, Carson is expected to speak at a “victory party” before the final caucus results are in.
Campaign manager Ed Brookover characterized the break as a “deep breath” after Iowa.
Carson will remain in Florida until he travels to the Washington, D.C., area for meetings on Wednesday. He’ll attend the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, and then he’ll head to North Carolina for a fundraiser and New Hampshire for Saturday’s Republican debate.
Despite the unusual travel plan, the retired neurosurgeon projected confidence as voters packed caucus sites across the Hawkeye State, telling CNN’s Wolf Blitzer earlier on Monday that he believes there is “a very strong chance” he’ll finish among the top three candidates.
OK. SO that’s weird.