Ben Carson Friday announced that he is suspending his hopeless quest for the presidency, putting to an end what had at one point seemed a promising campaign.
“Ed Brookover, Carson’s campaign manager, told The Hill in a statement that Carson is “leaving the campaign trail” and that “[we] do not plan to return”.
“There are a lot of people who love me, they just won’t vote for me”, Dr Carson said at the Conservative Political Action Conference near Washington DC.
While Carson is no longer running for president, he says that he will still be “heavily involved to save our nation”. Thursday night, Carson did not participate in the 11th Republican candidate debate, and he’s probably glad he didn’t, given that the two biggest highlights of the night involved discussion of penis size and (what might have been) a candidate eating a booger. Days after his disappointing performance during Super Tuesday, Carson told the Conservative Political Action Conference that he is leaving the campaign trail. This organization strives to motivate Christians to vote.
“I did the math; I looked at the delegate count, looked at the states, and looked at the requirements. We can’t afford that”, Carson said.
It was three years ago when Carson, who is retired from his position as director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, entered the political world. “And if that was the case, I didn’t want to interfere with the process”.
Ben Carson vowed to keep fighting, even as he suspended his campaign for the Republican nomination for president.
Carson’s departure leaves the GOP race with four remaining candidates, with businessman Donald Trump leading all of them in the polls.
“It’s an experience that I will never forget”, Carson said.
An impoverished youth who became a world-renowned neurosurgeon, Carson’s life story helped fuel support in his first political race. Before his speech, he announced that he would be taking the helm of My Faith Votes, a non-partisan organisation with a mission of mobilising Christians who are registered voters to go to the polls.
Later in the speech, Carson appealed to the audience to get active and informed. When asked by the Guardian in January if his campaign was a direct mail scam, Carson simply replied: “Not that I know of”. Before launching his presidential bid, Carson was chair of American Legacy Pac.