WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2016 — Each candidate in the 2016 GOP presidential field is highly respected in his or her own right. Voters have to assess the strengths and weaknesses of each if they want the strongest candidate running in the general election, and the strongest administration possible if the GOP wins the White House.
It is time for Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich, Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina and Rand Paul to acknowledge that this is not their year. They should step out gracefully and let people focus on the other five candidates. Their continued engagement and support of the remaining candidates will help the GOP and earn them the party’s gratitude. Fiorina would be a great pick for VP, or even secretary of state. She takes it to Hillary as only another woman can.
Donald Trump has turned this election on its head. He is a marketing and public relations genius. In his own words, he is a deal-maker.
However, as dynamic and good as he is at voicing the concerns of the American people, he is no conservative and is not presidential timber. He is divisive, and in it for his own gain. He treats others with disrespect. He doesn’t take foreign policy seriously enough to study foreign affairs and offer solutions beyond simplistic headline grabbers.
Our country does not need a president who will make leadership about himself. We need a president who cares about the people. Trump will never accept any job that is not the top job. He needs to return to the Trump empire.
Ted Cruz uses strong conservative rhetoric. He is a constitutional scholar and a pit bull on principle when he wants to be.
He has also given us glimpses of his leadership style, and it does not look good. In his short stint in the Senate, he has been less concerned with leading and rallying others in government to take principled action than about drawing attention to himself. His filibustering antics looked like showboating with no chance of accomplishing anything beyond placing the spotlight on Ted Cruz. He has alienated a third of the party.
Cruz is another divider at a time when our nation needs to come together. He might be a good attorney general, but not president.
Marco Rubio is a charismatic young man with impressive command of national security issues. But his resume is short on accomplishments. He has only two years’ experience in the private sector, starting a law firm that was set aside when he ran for U.S. Senate. His greatest accomplishments in the public sector have been in winning elections.
Rubio spent eight years in the Florida House of Representatives and was ultimately elected speaker of the Florida House for two years. He was elected U.S. senator from Florida and soon after began his bid for the White House. In his time in elected office, he has few legislative accomplishments to point to.
Rubio has great potential but is not ready to be president. He should be secretary of defense in a new administration and get some executive experience with some very high stakes.
Chris Christie is impressive as well. He is a pull-no-punches guy who was an effective federal prosecutor and has become an effective politician. He has had some positive accomplishments as a Republican governor in a blue state, but New Jersey continues to have major problems, and he has been unable to fix them.
Christie is a mainstream politician, but his politics-as-usual approach won’t always work. The next president needs to be more than a politician. Christie would be an incredible secretary of homeland security in the next administration.
Dr. Ben Carson has never run for office. He is in this race only because he was drafted by millions of American voters who believed he could lead America out of the serious problems that we face. Carson, having grown up in the ghettos of Detroit, has direct experience with every socio-economic level that a voter could be in. He experienced racial animosity and succeeded in spite of it.
His extraordinary gifts were recognized early in his career, when he was named director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital at the age of 33. He led talented people in growing that department into the most respected of its kind in the United States.
Carson pulled together gifted people to accomplish things in medicine that no one had ever accomplished. He was a problem-solver. He was on the board of directors for two multinational companies for many years, gaining invaluable experience in the workings of commerce. He and his wife, Candy, have been involved in providing resources and motivation for young people to get a great education, even young people with backgrounds that typically restrict high achievement.
Carson has the backbone to stand just 10 feet from the president of the United States and explain why this administration’s Affordable Care Act is ruining healthcare in America. He could explain how political correctness is dividing the country, taking away the positive dialogue needed to solve problems.
Carson has been accused of being too “low energy” to be president. Dr. Charles Krauthammer’s comment on that charge was that as a brain surgeon, Carson had to stand in surgery for 17 hours at a time under the stress of knowing that there was absolutely no room for error. Few men have the stamina to accomplish that sort of work throughout an entire career.
When Carson slipped in the polls in response to the increased attention on terrorism and national security, he did what he has done his entire career; he studied the issues and brought in people with the knowledge and experience to teach him what he needed to know. He has a clear understanding of problems throughout the world and has developed strategies to address them.
Carson, the problem-solver and team-builder, is what America needs right now. His candidacy is about returning the government to the people from the political elites. He would heal all of the divisiveness that our nation has suffered with under the current administration. He would unite people to solve our economic problems, our foreign policy problems and our national security problems.
He wouldn’t do it by himself. He would bring together the best and brightest and work with them to accomplish what is needed. He would communicate effectively with the people to help them understand what is happening and what is at stake.
Ben Carson needs to be the next president of the United States. And there are many talented people available to help him.