Ben Carson admits he’s now considering a run for president

I saw this over at Hotair yesterday but I thought the article was just empty speculation. Didn’t even bother reading it. Until I read it this morning. And honestly, I can’t believe it:

Ben Carson is warming to the idea of running for president. Since the famous brain surgeon retired last year from Johns Hopkins Hospital, he’s been speaking around the country to enthusiastic audiences. And they’ve affected his thinking about seeking national office…

Carson writes that he suspects many others interested in high office would be better candidates. But in his book he has a caveat: “If I felt called by God to officially enter the world of politics, I would certainly not hesitate to do so.”

Interviewed this week, Carson said he’s “starting to feel it. Because every place I go, it’s unbelievable.” One lady “really touched me the other night … She just kept clinging to my hand and said, ‘You have to run. You have to run.’ And so many people tell me that, and so I think I’m starting to hear something.”…

Carson said he has no illusions about running. “It’s a daunting thing,” he told me. “I know how vehemently the left will come after you, try to destroy you, try to destroy your family. 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.”

I like Ben Carson. I think his head is in the right place on most things. But I never thought he would actually consider running for president. He just doesn’t seem to me to be cut from that kind of cloth. He seems more like a policy guy, maybe the head of HHS or the Surgeon General or something like that.

I guess we’ll see if he actually decides to throw his mask into the ring. Having two black conservatives vying for the presidency on the Republican side would be pretty awesome.

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