Ben Carson is a Republican candidate for the office of President of the United States in 2016. Carson, a retired pediatric neurosurgeon, gained popularity with conservatives after his speech at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast, where he expressed his dissatisfaction with President Barack Obama’spolicies and the direction of the country.
At age 33, Carson became the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University, making him the youngest major division director in the hospital’s history. He was also a professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery and pediatric medicine.
On May 3, 2015, Carson announced his bid for the presidency the day before his scheduled campaign kickoff in Detroit, Michigan. “I’m willing to be a part of the equation, and, therefore, I’m announcing my candidacy for president of the United States,” discussed Carson in an interview with Sinclair Broadcasting.
Carson announced that he formed a presidential exploratory committee on March 3, 2015. He said, “I very much need and look forward to your feedback and help. All of us are frustrated with the way Washington has let us down. The career politicians simply don’t understand the disappointment, anger and pain in real America. As they cater to the special interests first, they don’t even seem to care about how failed policies actually affect us, the people of the United States. I think it’s time for us to show them how much we do care about the job they are doing. …If I believe that I have your support and your commitment to help, I will run for president to lead this great country to a brighter future.” Only three previous presidents had held no prior political office, Zachary Taylor, Ulysses S. Grant and Dwight Eisenhower.
In recent candidate rankings, Crowdpac ranked Carson as a 7.5C (C being conservative) on a scale ranging from 10L to 10C, making him the fourth most conservative Republican presidential candidate. Carson received a grade of a “B-/82” from the Leadership Project for America PAC.