WASHINGTON, January 19, 2015 — With his announcement that he will make a decision on a possible Presidential run by May 1, Dr. Ben Carson, the neurosurgeon who has gained a substantial following among conservative Republicans, is still keeping his supporters waiting — but no longer indefinitely.
In an interview with C-SPAN on Monday, Carson said he “will have made a decision by May 1.”
Carson has not been coy over a possible run. He has been expanding his networks in the key states of Iowa and New Hampshire to lay the groundwork for such a bid.
In Iowa in particular, Carson has polled strongly in early public surveys.
Carson remains relatively unknown, having never held public office, and some Republicans worry that he would prove too controversial a candidate. Carson speaks plainly and unguardedly, saying for instance that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria are “willing to die for what they believe,” and that Obamacare is “the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery.”
Carson has taken jabs at Republicans from what he calls “the political class,” a comment particularly directed at Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney, two of Carson’s potential 2016 rivals.
Carson, known for his disdain for political correctness, appeared at the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention, ascending the stage as audience members waved “Carson 2016” signs.
“Our founders wanted to make sure there was no such thing as a political class,” Carson said. “A select, small group of people out of which we consistently pull our leaders. That hasn’t worked so well for us.”
In his interview Monday, Carson expressed confidence that his views would “become very clear to people when we get to the debates and they get to actually hear real solutions and real logic.”
“I don’t really care how many people are running,” Carson added, “because I believe if we have an open-type primary people will see what’s going on.”