Ben Carson Presidential Draft Starts to Form for 2016
Conservatives have launched a website petitioning Dr. Ben Carson to run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. John Phillip Sousa IV, descendant and namesake of the famed patriotic composer, is the national chairman of the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee and sent out an email to Republicans and conservatives on Thursday urging them to support his candidate. Carson, a retired neurosurgeon based at Johns Hopkins Hospital, has won attention from conservatives for calling for the repeal of President Barack Obama’s federal health-care law.
Calling Carson a “tea party conservative,” Sousa insisted he could win over black voters, and noted fellow African-American Republican Herman Cain carried 40 percent of them in one poll back in 2011. “Dr. Carson is a national hero in the black community,” Sousa insisted. “If Herman Cain could poll 40 percent of the black vote running against a black candidate, just imagine what percent of the black vote Dr. Ben Carson would receive running against Hillary Clinton or any other far-left white Democrat!
“I believe Ben Carson will win more than 50 percent of the African-American vote,” Sousa continued. “But, if Ben Carson receives just 20 percent of the black vote, no Democrat candidate for president, black or white, can win the White House.”
“The election of Ben Carson would create a sea change in American politics. It would permanently dismantle the Democrat coalition that gives them victory year after year,” Sousa insisted, before turning his fire to the GOP. “The Republican establishment is uncomfortable with Dr. Carson because he is a conservative, tea party Republican. They want another establishment Republican as their presidential nominee. And, if the GOP nominates another establishment Republican, Hillary will win. The nomination of Dr. Ben Carson is our sure path to victory in 2016.”
Sousa’s group plans to run ads in 2014 encouraging Carson to run.