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Calls for Dr Benjamin Carson to run for President in 2016 after 'amazing' speech goes viral


Skyrocket

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Dr Benjamin Carson, the Director of pediatric neurosurgery at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland has become a new and rising star in the US after a speech he gave at the National Prayer Breakfast went viral.

In his February 7th speech in the presence of President Obama, he rails against political correctness, extols the importance of education, warns about the threat posed by Amerca's massive fiscal deficit, argues that proportional taxation is unfair and speaks out against government-run healthcare. All the while weaving his own personal story of a rise from hardship and including humorous anecdotes and religious proverbs in his speech. The speech was seen as being critical of Obama's policies, particularly 'Obamacare' which won Carson many fans on the right but he also received some criticism from commentators who described the speech as 'inappropriate' for the venue. The speech in full is embedded below:

[video=youtube;PFb6NU1giRA]http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&PFb6NU1giRA[/video]

The speech has attracted almost 2 million views over the past week and Carson is in demand on the talk-show circuit. A book he released last year, America the Great, has shot from obscurity to the top 5 best sellers on Amazon.

There have been calls for Carson to run for political office, with the Wall Street Journal writing an editorial headlined 'Ben Carson for President'. This appears to be far-fetched and Carson's best bet would be to win a seat in the House of Representatives in 2014 or possibly a Senate seat as an Independent (Maryland is a strong blue state and has not voted for a Republican Senate candidate in over 20 years). Carson, 61, is due to retire from his position at John Hopkins Hospital in June and has hinted that he would be interested in running for political office. For those interested in American politics, Carson is worth keeping an eye on in the future.
 


Aristodemus

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The National Prayer Breakfast. WTF is that?
 

WyldeOne

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I don't see how it's inappropriate at all. He's gone from a rising star to full fledged star in the medical world. He has first hand experience about the impact of insurance on the medical field and is certainly qualified to speak about it. What better place to bring his experience than to the POTUS who has pushed his idea of what is right onto the American public.
 

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He lost in 2004.

Rare that losers get another chance for President.

Nixon was the last in 1968.
I think that was part of the deal with him getting the Secretary of State job with the Democratic leadership,that he will get a run at the nominations next time.
 

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No way its John Kerry at a canter.
Flop in sight. Not only did he lose - but he also picked a complete hypocrite as a running mate.
 

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Great speech, it will be forgotten in week if he doesn't have more.
 

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I think that was part of the deal with him getting the Secretary of State job with the Democratic leadership,that he will get a run at the nominations next time.
Umm, the Democratic leadership don't determine who runs in 2016, nor do they determine who is nominated for SoS. Once Rice withdrew, Kerry had the nomination for SoS. He may well run - though he'll be 73 at the next inauguration - but I'm not sure what sort of deal you're getting at.
 

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I think that was part of the deal with him getting the Secretary of State job with the Democratic leadership,that he will get a run at the nominations next time.
Really? The SoS is not allowed by law to get involved in politics (that's the reason Hilary Clinton wasn't at the 2012 Dem Convention). I doubt the Obama administration would have allowed Kerry to take the job and not serve his term especially as the Republicans have seemed to made a point of making Cabinet confirmations into a trial.
 

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"Carson is worth keeping an eye on in the future."

Only if you are a far right, T-Party, Hannity type Republican.
 

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"Carson is worth keeping an eye on in the future."

Only if you are a far right, T-Party, Hannity type Republican.
Yeah because talking about the importance of education, the dangers of the fiscal deficit, opposing government-run healthcare, political correctness and proportional taxation are really extreme right wing positions :roll:
 

Socratus O' Pericles

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A black guy being encouraged to seek the GOP nomination for President of the United states of America - a few posters around here will be displeased.
 

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The same source assured me that Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton have already committed not to seek the nomination as part of this deal.
 

ne0ica

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Yea maybe 'Joe the Plumber' will be his running mate. Another flash in the pan conservative celebrity.
 

Socratus O' Pericles

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The same source assured me that Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton have already committed not to seek the nomination as part of this deal.
Paddy Power who have a very precise radar for this kind of thing have Hillary at 7/2 and Paul Ryan at 8/1 ===Kerry is 250 /1, if your info. is good its worth a fiver.
 

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He lost in 2004.

Rare that losers get another chance for President.

Nixon was the last in 1968.
There are a few that might disagree with you. Al Gore lost in 88 and ran for POTUS in 2000, ok he had been VP for 8 years but of all his national campaigns he is two for four. Bob Dole sought the nomination for POTUS in 80 and 88 and finally got his chance in 96 and lost. John McCain sought the nomination in 2000 and lost to GW Bush but won the nomination in 2008, the same year that Mitt Romney sought the nominations. Mr Romney went onto win the nomination in 2012 but lost the general elecion.
 

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