Nationwide — Dr. Ben Carson recently told a Florida TV station that he will be officially joining the 2016 presidential race to capture the GOP nomination. Carson, a 63-year old retired neurosurgeon, has over the years become “leading conservative voice” for the Republican party. He is perhaps most recently remembered for verbally attacking Obamacare at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast right in front of President Obama.
Carson, who is originally from Detroit, will kick start his campaign there. This is his first ever run for office, and he is currently polling ahead of several other established Republican contenders in Iowa, the site of the first caucus.
A long history of accomplishments
Carson has a lot of notable accomplishments, especially as a doctor. For example, in 1987, he became the first surgeon to successfully separate twins conjoined at the head. In 2008, for that accomplishment, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George Bush. The very next year, his life was portrayed in a Lifetime TV movie where his character was played by actor Cuba Gooding Jr.
So can he win?
It is of course to early to tell, but one thing that will definitely hurt his campaign is what he once said about gays.
Just this past March, Carson apologized after a CNN interview for saying that being gay was a choice. He even made a comment suggesting that inmates who emerge from prison as homosexuals is proof.
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