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Dr. Ben Carson For President
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If you’re among the many who’ve been hoping Carson’s name might gain significant political and popular traction as we inch closer to the 2016 primary season, you might be pleased to know you’re not stranded on an island. In fact, there’s a PAC for that.

The pro-Carson PAC, the “National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee,” formed in August of 2013.

In the six months of fundraising since its beginnings, the PAC has amassed close to $3 million in what, so far, has been a very grass-roots effort.

In a release Tuesday, the PAC announced it had raised $2,837,401 on the strength of nearly 47,000 individual contributions, with an average donation amount of $45.

That’s about as grass-roots as you can get, but the committee is optimistic about the relatively strong reaction Carson’s name has elicited — considering the group’s fundraising method is intentionally a small-scale inversion of the efforts employed by large PACs on behalf of establishment candidates.

Much of the fundraising has come in the form of individual donations via RunBenRun.org, the PAC’s campaign website.

Building a tiny war chest, one voter at a time, is a method of incremental fundraising the committee’s not ashamed of, despite its relatively modest take through six months of Internet campaigning.

“The Committee’s fundraising efforts are outpacing similar efforts designed to draft other high-profile candidates into the 2016 presidential race,” the PAC boasted in its release.

“A political action committee encouraging former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to enter the race for the Democratic nomination raised approximately $1.3 million in its first six months of operation, and roughly $2.75 million in its second six-month span.”

That certainly gives some perspective to the Carson movement, but the biggest stumbling block to a Carson candidacy may be Carson himself.

Although he has demonstrated a fearless will to speak with conviction without regard for whom he might offend — he famously blasted Obamacare at last year’s National Prayer Breakfast, with President Barack Obama sitting right under his nose — Carson has explicitly distanced himself from the fundraising efforts that aim to put him in the 2016 primary field.

“I have not endorsed any of these organizations and have neither any professional nor personal relationships and am not in communication with any of them,”
the former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon said late last year.

“I have not authorized any solicitation of funds in my name or likeness.”
But Carson has also revealed a grudging openness to the idea of a Presidential run, should larger circumstances obligate him.

“If the Lord grabbed me by the collar and made me do it, I would. It’s not my intention,” he toldFOX News a year ago.

“Dr. Carson has said he will consider running for president if the American people are clamoring, and the tremendous outpouring of donations shows that the people are indeed clamoring,” said pro-Carson PAC campaign director Vernon Robinson in Tuesday’s press release.

“Hundreds of thousands have signed the petition asking him to run, donated to the grassroots effort and volunteered their time to represent the Committee at events around the country…Grassroots conservatives are drawn to Dr. Carson because they know he is the only candidate capable of healing our land and uniting our country to overcome the crises created by recent administrations.”

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JimmyMack commented on Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 09:30 AM

Dr. Ben performs well under Hospital light. Doing the same under the NATIONAL Spotlight is something else entirely.

PoliticsNation commented on Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 10:33 AM

TOT-please explain your concept or reasons for casting a vote for Dr. Ben. Please make sure your reasons aren't social values. I want to know what experience he has to lead the country in all areas of governing. Thanks for your answers in advance.

timeontarget commented on Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 12:28 PM

I listened to his speech at the national prayer breakfast a little over a year ago and I was extremely impressed with his positions especially with his reasoning about the ten per cent.

Later a friend gave me a copy of his book entitled God bless America.

I don't care if he has zero experience in governing (that's probably a plus) he is self sustaining and is wealthy enough that he would perhaps be able to resist using the office for personal gain.

He came from a childhood in the depths of struggle and want.

He read books and acquired a wonderful education.

He lifted himself up and made something of himself.

He is successful and I believe him to be exceedingly GOD FEARING.

That is all I need to cast my vote for him and I will contribute a modest amount of money to the effort to get him to run and then get him elected.

Funkentelecky commented on Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Carson has said he is not a member of any political party. "If I were part of one, it would be called the 'Logic party', and it would be dedicated to commonsense approaches we all should be able to see."[19] In his book America the Beautiful, Carson explained why he decided to get involved in politics: "I believe it is a very good idea for physicians, scientists, engineers, and others trained to make decisions based on facts and empirical data to get involved in the political arena and help guide our country."[20] He also said, "… we [physicians] should be concerned not only about the health of individual patients, but also about the health of our entire society."[21] Despite largely expressing conservative viewpoints, Carson has also expressed some views at odds with most
conservatives, such as supporting banning semi-automatic weapons in large
cities. He has also stated, "There’s a reason for the Second Amendment; people do have the right to have weapons."[22]

See all of Carson's credentials here:


timeontarget commented on Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 12:44 PM

PN you asked:

"I want to know what experience he has to lead the country in all areas of governing."

What experience did Obama have in governing before becoming President?

What experience did Obama have in sustaining a living for himself other than at the public trough"

Career politicians are causing the decline and destruction of this once great nation.

Thank you for reading the blog and for commenting on it.

Please click on RunBenRun.org and spend a half hour watching his speech.

If it doesn't move you I'm sorry. It brought me to tears.

PoliticsNation commented on Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 13:42 PM

I will watch the speech. However, you answered my question in your first response but decided to go off track in your later response with the Obama spill..Let's stay on track and address the Ben Carson issue. Thanks for sharing the videos.

timeontarget commented on Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 14:41 PM

The book is in fact entitled America the Beautiful.

Sorry , a senior moment.

timeontarget commented on Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 15:14 PM

This blog is about the office of President of the United States of America, the most powerful office in the world until a few years ago.

PN I don't want to irritate you because I want to engage in polite discussion.

Having said that I attempted to answer your question as well as I could.

I then asked you a question on the current holder of the office.

He was relatively unknown ten or twelve years ago.

I really don't know his history and I wish I did.

Please answer my question if you will.

Thanking you in advance.

PoliticsNation commented on Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 15:26 PM

TOT-I don't want to engage in negative discussion either so I wont go back and fourth about the POTUS today..

sebekm commented on Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 17:20 PM

You shouldn't - since Mr. Obama's "experience....to lead the country in all areas of governing" when he was elected was minimal. But it didn't make any difference since he was charismatic and people were tired of Bush and "his wars." Now people are becoming tired of Obama and his "governing." Democrats are eager to get Hillary in there and Republicans want anybody who is not a Democrat.

From our recent national elections. people don't seem to value experience in running things or "governing" very highly - otherwise we would have elected Romney or McCain.

As for Dr. Carson, he seems to be an honest, principled, dedicated man but he will never be allowed to succeed - at least not as a Republican. The Democrats will demonize and "Uncle Tom" him to death and the mainstream media will pile on. He will never get a chance. But from what I've read, it's a "Draft Ben" movement which gets the attention, which may indicate that he might be flattered by all the attention but might not really want the job.

I don't blame him.

timeontarget commented on Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 06:08 AM

I don't blame him either.

If he and his followers come to an agreement to enter the race, I think he should run as a Democrat.

If he did so and was successful I personally believe he would still be good for the country and he would do right even as a Democrat.

JimmyMack commented on Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 14:37 PM

And why should he run as a Democrat Tot? Please explain.

sebekm commented on Saturday, Mar 08, 2014 at 12:59 PM

....on the other hand - I read something yesterday that amplified some of the points in the basic blog post and made it clearer (to me) why Carson's supporters want him to run and think he has a good chance to BEAT HILLARY CLINTON. According to the article:

*Carson's "draft" committee has outraised Clinton's draft committee, "Ready for Hillary"; has been on the ground in Iowa; and is working from the playbook written by Howard Dean and Barack Obama.

*Carson is (obviously) African-American and his supporters think that will be his path to victory. He's "a respected figure among black Americans," the supporter's video explains, and if he can win just 17 percent of the black vote, it is "mathematically impossible" for a Democrat to win the White House.

*Vernon Robinson, a former three-time congressional candidate and George H.W. Bush appointee, started the draft campaign with John Philip Sousa IV and others. He says Carson is the only candidate who can broaden the GOP base among minorities, while passing muster with conservative primary voters.

*"At 17 percent, Hillary loses all of the swing states and the Roosevelt Democratic coalition is destroyed," Robinson explains. "In addition, Ben Carson is able to clearly and calmly articulate conservative positions in a way the average voter can understand.… He's the only guy who can bond with all of the American people."

*The draft committee raised $2.83 million dollars from 47,000 donors in its first six months of operation, which ended in late February. "We crushed Ready for Hillary in fundraising," Robinson gloats. The main group supporting the former secretary of State raised $1.25 million its first six months, and then $2.75 million in the next half-year.

*The group is trying to run a sophisticated, if quixotic, campaign. They're modeling themselves not after a national Republican group, but Organizing for America, the pro-Obama group, and Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign, which Robinson holds up as the model of responsiveness and agility.

See: http://www.nationaljournal.com/politi...

Carson himself has apparently not signed on to running in 2016, although he has said he will consider it.

sebekm commented on Saturday, Mar 08, 2014 at 13:02 PM

And Jimmy - I know you asked TOT this question, but you'll get my two cents, 'cause I agree with TOT on this one (and the answer IS incredibly obvious):

If Carson ran as a Democrat, he would immediately get a huge push by the national media for his life's work and his personal story, and he wouldn't be subjected to the inevitable "Uncle Tom" name-calling and labeling he's been getting - and will continue to get - from the media as well as black America.

The truth of the matter is that it is EXTREMELY advantageous politically for the Democrats to continue to bash ANY black or "minority" GOP candidate. Not only does it minimize their message, but it perpetuates the stereotype that the Republicans are just angry white males and the Democratic Party is the ONLY party "of the People."

As people of color begin to show up in greater numbers in the Republican Party, the Dems stand a big chance of losing the monolithic support they have been getting from those groups. They are fighting and clawing - doing whatever they think is "necessary" - to prevent that from happening.

A credible GOP black candidate who they can't tar and feather with personal or professional flaws is the Dems worst nightmare. Carson may not have much experience "governing," but in a real practical sense - neither did Obama nor does Hillary Clinton. And as far as any "accomplishments" of national significance, even Hillary's supporters have a hard time naming any:


So while the IDEA of Hillary as the "inevitable" candidate and election victor in 2016 is a very romantic one, the reality may be far from that. An appealing African-American candidate on the GOP ticket might be just what is needed to push another opponent past Hillary into the White House. You never know.

Just look at 2008.

JimmyMack commented on Saturday, Mar 08, 2014 at 16:47 PM

WE shall see Sebe. We shall see Sebe.

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