[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Although Dr. Ben Carson stated during a television interview Sunday night that he is running for president, he officially declared his candidacy to seek the GOP nomination for 2016 at an event held live from Detroit Music Hall. Carson, the first neurosurgeon to successfully separate twins who were conjoined at the head, was catapulted into political prominence after giving a speech in 2013 at the National Prayer Breakfast.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]Speaking in his hometown of Detroit, Carson positioned himself as someone outside the beltway who will be the unconventional politician. He said, “I have no desire to be a politician.”
Carson’s entry into the GOP primary race for the presidency increases the diversity of the GOP candidates. With Carly Fiorina‘s entry into the presidential race, Republican candidates now officially include two people from well outside the beltway, a female CEO excecutive and a black man who is a famed neurosurgeon, as well as two candidates, Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, of Cuban-American descent. In addition, Kentucky Senator Dr. Rand Paul is also running for the presidency.
This candidate field stands in stark contrast to the Democrats whose candidates currently include the highly D.C. entrenched 67-year old Hillary Clinton and socialist septuagenarian Senator Bernie Sanders, 73, both of whom are white. In addition, former Baltimore mayor and Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is expected to announce his candidacy this week.
Watch Dr. Carson’s video centered around his campaign slogan to “Heal Inspire Revive” that was shown during his announcement event.