Fans of the neurosurgeon-turned-conservative firebrand are celebrating news released by the Washington Times Friday morning. Ben Carson, who has been the subject of a widespread push to compel him to seek the presidency in 2016, has reportedly taken decisive action pointing to his intention to throw his hat into the ring.
In an interview with the Times, Carson explained that he has spent the past couple of days hunkered down in Florida with supporters, noting that he emerged with the name of a man chosen to lead his fledgling campaign.
Terry Giles, a businessman from Texas, will be his campaign manager assuming he ultimately chooses to enter the political fray for what will likely be a crowded Republican primary race.
“Basically if Dr. Carson decides to go forward, I’ve been asked to chair the campaign and make a full commitment during the period of time leading up to a decision and during the election cycle,” Giles explained.
Carson also reportedly approved the formation of One Nation, his political action committee.
Despite the indicators that he has made a decision to run, the renowned doctor cautioned his supporters that the news is not definitive.
“Now is the time to start all of the appropriate ex;oration and investigation and put down the structure that is necessary,” he maintained, acknowledging that his camp is “definitely a step or two closer than we were a year ago.”
As it stands, Carson said he is more interested in making sure the GOP — and specifically conservative candidates — are able to make big gains in upcoming midterm races. He said his PAC will be active in supporting those hopefuls who share his core values.
“Obviously we are very interested in what happens in November,” he told the Times. “And if the people also continue to show strong desire for me to run, obviously that would be an important factor.”
Carson’s caveats have not stopped his supporters from expressing cautious optimism online.
— Carl Spry (@CarlSpry) August 1, 2014