Retired neurosurgeon and black Republican Dr. Ben Carson has announced he is running to be his party’s nominee for president in next year’s election.
Dr. Carson visited Israel in December, reported here, an unofficial prerequisite for presidential candidates.
The 63-year-old Republican is from Detroit, lived in Baltimore for more than 35 years and now lives in Florida. He was the first black doctor to head the Johns Hopkins pediatric neurosurgery unit.
His lack of both political experience and ties with such factions as the Tea Party offers Republican voters a distinct choice among the growing number of candidates. However, he does not have the organization and political experience of other contenders, the most popular being Senators Marco Rubio and Rand Paul and former Florida governor Jeb Bush.
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, also from outside the political world, is considering tossing her hat in the political ring.
Dr. Carson grew up in poverty and has the appeal to white voters as their desired image of an America where anyone can achieve success through hard work and without making himself out to be a victim.
He has been a harsh critic of President Barack Obama, whom Dr. Carson once described as someone who “seems to believe more in a utopian view of cradle-to-grave care.”
He has made headlines, for better and for worse, on the issue of same-sex marriage. Below is an interview on CNN in which he maintained that homosexuality is a choice and that each state should decide for itself whether or not to allow marriages of homosexuals. He said in the interview that many people become homosexuals after being in prison.
After harsh criticism, he apologized, and Dr. Carson stated before announcing his candidacy today:
I’ve come to recognize that when you use certain terms, people can no longer hear anything else you say. As you’ll notice in the last several weeks, I’ve been able to get my points across without inflammatory language.
In his visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem in December, Dr. Carson placed a note between the bricks and later referred to King Solomon in an interview with CBN and said he asked God for “Solomonic wisdom on what to do” concerning the race for president.
His stand on Israel is clear, and he told Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu,
“Until such time as their neighbors are no longer desirous of their elimination,” Israel’s continued control of the West Bank “makes perfectly good sense.”
Dr. Carson’s strong conservative stand may appeal to Christian evangelists despite his being black.
He said at the national Prayer Breakfast earlier this year that the United States is headed for “moral decay and fiscal irresponsibility.” He also declared:
We have imposed upon people restrictions on what they can say, on what they can think. And the media is the largest proponent of this, crucifying people who say things really quite innocently.
President Barack Obama was sitting a few feet away, and although Carson did not directly blame the president for America’s ills, the White House was upset.
“Within a matter of minutes after the conclusion of the program, I received a call from some of the prayer breakfast organizers saying that the White House was upset and requesting that I call the president and apologize for offending him,” Carson later wrote in his book “One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future.”
Carson added in his book, “I said that I did not think that he was offended and that I didn’t think that such a call was warranted.”
Polls showing Hillary Clinton as the hands-down winner over any Republican candidate in next year’s presidential elections have left some Democrats with concern that the survey results may not be great news.
A Quinnipiac University published on Thursday revealed that only 38 percent of the respondents trust Clinton, while a majority of 54 percent thinks she is not honest or trustworthy.
She tops the polls when pitted against GOP candidates, and her leadership qualities are considered strong by those who participated in the poll, which also shows Marco Rubio as the emerging favorite among Republicans.
Quinnipiac’s Tim Malloy said of the poll results:
This is the kind of survey that shoots adrenaline into a campaign. Marco Rubio gets strong enough numbers and favorability ratings to look like a legit threat to Hillary Clinton.
Clinton has the nomination as the Democratic candidate sewed up if she stays healthy and if no more scandals are exposed, but it still is a free-for-all in the Republican party.
When Quinnipiac asked voters to decide between different Republican candidates and Clinton, Rubio came out best with 43 percent, followed by Rand Paul with 42 percent, Chris Christie with 40 percent and Jeb Bush with 39 percent.
More significant is that Clinton did not win majority support against any of the rivals. Her largest showing was only 46 percent when rated against Paul and Bush. She won 45 percent against Rubio and Christie.
The CNN poll is the only one that gives Clinton more than 50 percent support, It also show her with a 14-point lead over Rubio, the favorite in its survey,
A Fox News survey gives Clinton only a three-point lead over Paul and a four-point lead over Rubio and over Bush.
Like the Quinnipiac poll, she did not win more than 47 percent support from respondents.
Republicans will work hard to play up the issue of honesty, a virtue that has not been Clinton’s ace, especially, since it was discovered that she used her personal e-mail account when she was Secretary of State.
She also carries the stain of her handling, or mis-handling, of the assassination of the U.S. ambassador in Libya.
Rubio, son of immigrants from Cuba, will be only 44 years old in May, and Clinton is 67. She has more experience, but Rubio is trying to turn his age to an advantage with an approach that the United States needs leadership that is not “stuck in the 20th century.”
Mitt Romney used the inaugural convention of the Israel American Council (IAC) on Friday to lash out at President Barack Obama for his letter to Iran’s Supreme Leader less than a month before the deadline for a nuclear deal at the end of month.
The letter reportedly beseeched Iran to cooperate with the United States in the war against the Islamic State (ISIS), but the White House denied that there was any suggestion of military cooperation with Iran.
Romney, who has not said one way or the other if he will take another crack at being the Republican party’s candidate to defeat the Democrats in 2016, said he was “stunned” and “speechless” over the fact that President Obama would even suggest at cooperating with a “rogue” state.
He castigated Obama for being “divisive and dictatorial to our friends,” obvious referring to Israel.
Romney charged that the president “continues to diminish himself and America and leads bad people to think America can be pushed around.”
The 2012 GOP presidential candidate roundly tore Obama apart and delighted his audience with repeating a joke he told while campaigning for victorious Republican Senatorial candidate Joni Ernst in Iowa.
“Obama went to the bank to cash a check. He didn’t have his ID. And the teller said, ‘You’ve got to prove who you are.’ And he said, ‘How should I do that?’
“She said, ‘Well, the other day Phil Mickelson came in, he didn’t have his ID. So he set up a little cup on the ground, took a golf ball, putted it right into that cup, so we knew it was Phil Mickelson. We cashed the check.
“And then Andre Agassi came in, and Andre Agassi didn’t have his ID either. He put up a little target on the wall, took a tennis ball and a racket, hit it onto that target time and again. We knew it was Andre Agassi, so we cashed his check.”
“So she said, ‘Is there anything you can do to prove who you are?’ And Obama said, ‘I don’t have a clue.’”
Moving on to Obama’s foreign policy, the former Massachusetts governor demeaned it as one that is “weakening our military and distancing us from our allies.”
Romney disagreed with Obama’s approach that “we have common interests” with adversaries, and explained, “This is a battle going on, and you don’t start shedding the members of your team” while fighting.
Hillary Rodham Clinton holds a 6-1 lead among Democrats answering a Washington Post-ABC News poll on their choice for president in 2016.
Clinton, whose middle name easily could be “F.” considering how many times she has been reported as using the “f—“ word, has virtually no competition in both areas – the nomination for presidency and an uncouth vocabulary. She has used the four-letter word not only as an adjective for Jews but also as an adverb for almost every subject imaginable.
For better or worse, Clinton has 73 percent backing of Democrats, according to the poll. The second most popular is Vice President Joe Biden, with only 12 percent.
On the Republican side, the nomination is up for grabs, and the party does not look like it is any better shape than it was in 2012, when it failed miserably to take advantage of President Barack Obama’s sagging popularity.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s aura has been blackened by the recent bridge-traffic scandal, and he is in third place with 13 percent support, behind Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan and former Florida governor Jeb Bush. None of the potential candidates has solid backing from the Tea party.
After Christie, there are senators Ted Cruz of Kentucky and Marcio Rubio of Florida.
The Republicans have a year or so to get their act together and unite, a distant possibility at this stage of the game.
Clinton, if she runs and wins,, would be the first woman president of the United States and the first president whose husband held the office.