- Ben Carson
- Benjamin Solomon "Ben" Carson Sr. is an American author and retired neurosurgeon. He is the first surgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins joined at the head. Wikipedia
- Born: September 18, 1951 (age 63), Detroit, MI
- Spouse: Candy Carson (m. 1975)
- Movies: Stuck on You
- Books: One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America's Future,More
- Children: Rhoeyce Carson, B.J. 'Ben Jr.' Carson, Murray Carson
- Parents: Sonya Carson, Robert Solomon Carson
Dr. Ben Carson 2016 Presidential Announcement
Team Carson Furious with Cruz: “He’s a Pure Politician and Will Do Anything to Win”
By Derek Flynn on February 3, 2016
Ben Carson and his closest advisers are going to war with Ted Cruz and his camp for spreading fake rumors that he intended to suspend his campaign before the Iowa caucuses.
Carson’s close friend and adviser Armstrong Williams said that the Cruz campaign’s tactics were “nasty, brutal and deceitful.”
“We’ve been told all along that Cruz’s operatives play dirty and were capable of this stuff, but Dr. Carson never believed it, he felt like they had a respectable operation,” Williams revealed. “Now we see firsthand that having integrity just doesn’t matter to them. It’s about honor and character, either you have it or you don’.”
Williams said she’s confident that Cruz was completely aware that the rumors were false but says the Texas Republican permitted his team to spread it anyway.
“He’s a pure politician and will do anything to win,” Williams charged. “It doesn’t matter who he does it to, friend or foe, whatever it takes to win. Cruz has been running as an outsider and calling Hillary Clinton dishonest. Well, Cruz is the one running without honor or integrity, and this shows he’s just like everyone else inside-the-beltway.”
Cruz and Carson have been battling for the same evangelical supporters in the Hawkeye State, and Cruz supporters at several precincts told voters that with Carson out, they should caucus for Cruz.
Carson’s wife, Candy Carson, was present at one of the precincts where the person speaking on Cruz’s behalf told voters that Carson bailed out of the race.
One of Cruz’s top campaign members Steve King (R-Iowa), also sent out a widespread tweet over the rumor.
The Cruz campaign is blaming a “CNN report,” which appears to be a Tweet from a CNN reporter saying that Carson was going home to Florida after the caucuses. Carson did go home, but only to get fresh clothes before returning to the campaign trail. The report never claimed that Carson was suspending his campaign.
Carson has demanded Cruz to punish those who are responsible for spreading the false rumor, but Cruz refused.
A furious Williams invoked the memory of Braden Joplin, who died in a collision on an icy Iowa highway while campaigning for Carson.
“After all the candidates worked so hard, and Dr. Ben Carson had a staff member lose his life working towards this day, to have someone like Cruz and his people deceive and spread falsehoods is unconscionable,” Williams said.
During a quickly called press conference at Washington’s National Press Club, Carson used Bible verses to raise questions about Ted Cruz’s character, in a move seemingly aimed at damaging the Republican front-runner’s standing among evangelical voters.
“By their fruit you will know them,” said Carson, quoting Matthew 7:20, and clearly referring to Cruz. “You know people, not by what they say, but what they do. And how their lives are led.”
“It’s clear that there were people who tried to take advantage of a situation who tried to distort information there’s no question about that.”
“I hope you will judge all the other people who are running for this position by the same standards. I think if we do that, we are less likely to make a mistake.”
Republican presidential contender Ben Carson returning to The Villages
AUGUST 27, 2015
BY META MINTON
Republican White House hopeful Ben Carson, who drew a huge crowd the last time he visited The Villages, is returning to Florida’s Friendliest Hometown.
Carson will be coming Nov. 2 to Barnes & Noble at Lake Sumter Landing. It will be a book tour of his upcoming release.
Carson fans flocked from throughout the area when he was at Barnes & Noble in the summer of 2014. You can read about that here
The neurosurgeon first gained national attention when Cuba Gooding Jr. played him in the television movie, “Gifted Hands.”
Since then Carson has enjoyed a rise to prominence and now is a familiar face on television.
He is among a crowded GOP presidential field.
Ben Carson Announces 2016 Presidential Run
Ben Carson Announces Presidential Run
Former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Ben Carson urged Americans to "use your brain" when he formally launched his presidential campaign in Detroit on Monday.
"Stop being loyal to a party or to a man and use your brain to think for yourself," he told supporters.
Carson, whose 29 years as a pediatric neurosurgeon earned him national acclaim, announced his presidential bid in his hometown where he was raised in poverty by a single mother. He used his biography to illustrate his belief that individual hard work, not help from the government, is the key to success.
"We've gone far beyond what our Constitution describes and we've begun to just allow it to expand based on what the political class wants because they want to increase their power and their dominion over the people," Carson said. "And I think it's time for the people to rise up and take the government back."
The 63-year-old gained notoriety among tea party conservatives in 2013 when he lambasted President Barack Obama's healthcare law at the National Prayer Breakfast while the president sat just a few feet away. More recently, the outspoken Republican had to apologize for saying homosexuality is a choice because people "go into prison straight -- and when they come out, they're gay."
"I'm not politically correct and I'm probably never going to be politically correct because I'm not a politician, I don't want to be a politician," Carson said. "Politicians do what is politically expedient and I want to do what's right."
Carson told supporters his campaign would be unique from anything the country has seen before, and his announcement at the Detroit Music Hall seemed to reflect that. A choir sang Eminem's "Lose Yourself" before Carson came out and delivered his remarks while pacing back and forth on the stage.
Carson becomes the first African-American to join an already diverse GOP presidential field. Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are vying to become the country's first Hispanic president, while former Hewlett-Packard CEO declared Monday that she is running to become the first female president.
A recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found that 41 percent of GOP primary voters said they could see themselves supporting Carson, while 18 percent said they do not imagine supporting him.
-- Andrew Rafferty