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It's official: Ben Carson is running for president

Monday, May 04, 2015 - 01:54

Republican Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon announces he is running for the 2016 presidential nomination. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson told a Detroit audience Monday Sunday that he is running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. He said he is not approaching the race as a politician, because "politicians do what is politically expedient, I want to do what is right." Carson, 63, who is popular with the conservative Tea Party movement, is expected to formally declare his candidacy at an event in Detroit on Monday. He would be the first African-American to enter the growing Republican field for the party's presidential nomination next year. The first doctor to successfully separate twins conjoined at the head, Carson developed a conservative following in 2013 after he advocated a flat tax, private medical savings accounts and other conservative policies at a National Prayer Breakfast speech that was attended by President Barack Obama. Senators Marco Rubio of Florida, Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky have already entered the Republican presidential race. Former Hewlett Packard Co Chief Executive Officer Carly Fiorina declared her candidacy in an online announcement on Monday. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee will make an announcement on Tuesday about his plans. He also ran for the nomination in 2008. Other potential Republican candidates include former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Among Democrats, former Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is considered the front-runner for the party's presidential nomination. Independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont entered the Democratic race last week.

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It's official: Ben Carson is running for president

Monday, May 04, 2015 - 01:54