Politics

Ben Carson and Allen West Look to Rally Conservatives as 2016 Beckons

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: July 7, 2014 3:55 AM
Ben Carson and Allen West

Ben Carson and Allen West

Two African-American Republicans with eyes on 2016 will be taking center stage as conservatives convene in Denver later this month. Both former U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., and Dr. Ben Carson will be speaking at the Western Conservative Summit which will be held in Denver from July 18-20. 

Despite losing to U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., in 2012, West has remained politically active, backing candidates through his Allen West Guardian Fund PAC and leaving the door open to an electoral comeback in 2016. West has expressed some interest in running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 but he has also said he would look at running for the U.S. Senate if U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., opts not to run for a second term.

In recent days, West has been calling for the impeachment of President Barack Obama. Last week, West informed supporters than he had heard from more than 130,000 Americans and had gathered more than 100,000 signatures.

“This is our moment,” West insisted. “We're leading a grassroots revolution to defend our Constitution and take our country back from the liberals who are destroying this great nation piece by piece.

“Barack Obama is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors and brazenly disregarding the Constitution of the United States,” West added. “I took a lifetime oath to defend this country -– and that includes defending it from Barack Obama."

Carson also offered a warm-up pitch for 2016 last week. While making a pitch for the Washington Times where he writes a weekly column, Carson contrasted today’s culture with when he grew up and offered a stark view of what young people currently face.

Carson, a prominent neurosurgeon who entered the political realm in 2013 when he criticized President Barack Obama’s federal health-care law at the National Prayer Breakfast, has increasingly shown signs of running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. After retiring from Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland, Carson, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, is now based out of West Palm Beach.

“America is the land of dreams and it has fulfilled the dreams of so many people from so many places,” Carson emailed conservatives on Wednesday. “As a child, I dreamt of becoming a doctor. And by working hard, embracing my mother's values, and seizing opportunity, I was able to become a neurosurgeon. But I worry that today's generations have been lulled into a complacency that is destroying the promise of the dream.

“The ruling elite has convinced too many young adults that it's OK to stay at home and live in your parents’ basements playing video games or aimlessly roaming the streets with friends,” Carson added. “After all, you can get a monthly check, a free cell phone, and health insurance from Uncle Sam for doing nothing. Opportunity has been replaced by despair. Embracing character, values, marriage, and family has been ridiculed. Government dependence has been substituted for self-reliance. And mediocrity has replaced excellence.”

Carson called on conservatives to join him in “demolishing this culture of failure and standing up to the media elite so that we can take back our country.”

Besides Carson and West, other speakers at the event include former Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska, Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.



Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com. 



Comments (19)

momo
4:38PM JUL 9TH 2014
I would never vote for Allen West or Ted Cruz. Dr. Ben Carson or Marco Rubio would be the only ones I would be willing to vote for
midge
11:03PM JUL 8TH 2014
I am excited over Allen West, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Or Ted Cruz, at the least they are all candiates I can stand behind. It has been awhile.

Allen west being my first choice etc. I will even campaign for him. Something I have never done before.
Frank
3:47PM JUL 9TH 2014
Campaign all you want . . . . we saw how well his $18 million and basically a national campaign worked in a GOP dominated FL district the last time . . . . . Allen West simply can't win a national or Florida statewide election . . . . .
David Shapiro
12:10AM JUL 8TH 2014
Allen West represents the very best of America. He offers an intelligent common sense approach to tackling the many problems confronting the country today. He eloquently gives voice to the Conservative Cause, and in so doing, represents millions of Americans who rightfully feel disenfranchised by today's so-called political leaders. Our country is desperately in need of leadership qualities that are so ably embodied by men like Allen West! God willing, he will soon be in a position to lead America out of the abyss into which we have slipped during the Obama Presidency!
Frank
10:54AM JUL 9TH 2014
Well, at least no one need actually be concerned about your delusion that "Allen West represents the very best of America" . . . . the reality is that most people clearly understand what a vicious, self-serving, divisive figure he represents . . . . his own words portray and betray him to anyone who has eyes open to see . . . . . . . of course, some are blind to reality and, like Allen West, exist on hate, don't they . . . .

Pathetic . . . . .
David Shapiro
12:10AM JUL 8TH 2014
Allen West represents the very best of America. He offers an intelligent common sense approach to tackling the many problems confronting the country today. He eloquently gives voice to the Conservative Cause, and in so doing, represents millions of Americans who rightfully feel disenfranchised by today's so-called political leaders. Our country is desperately in need of leadership qualities that are so ably embodied by men like Allen West! God willing, he will soon be in a position to lead America out of the abyss into which we have slipped during the Obama Presidency!
A
10:46PM JUL 7TH 2014
Is this going to be aired live broadcast on TV?
Fire
12:05PM JUL 7TH 2014
Wait a minute, aren't these two fine American citizens liked by the Tea Party? Don't these two fine American citizens both mirror what the Tea Party stands for? I don't understand why the Left claims the Tea Party is racist, and citizens that aren't white are not welcome in their beliefs. Even President Obama objects and make nasty comment about the Tea Party. Bet if these two fine American citizen ran for President and Vice President this November and won, the United States would be respected World wide again and our citizens would see their freedoms and rights restored along with civil rights would regain strength like it was before this administration took over. Yes there is hope.
Frank
12:15PM JUL 7TH 2014
Yes, yes, you must be right --> "if these two fine American citizen ran for President and Vice President this November and won" . . . . and where exactly would that Presidential election happen in this November (2014) . . . . Namibia? . . . Iraq? . . . Romania? . . . .Tunisia? . . . . Uruguay? . . . . . . . . . .

Pathetic . . . .
Fire
2:55PM JUL 7TH 2014
Hey dufus, look at the line lines and anybody with half a brain can see I correct my time line way before your smart ass reply. Pathetic you are.
Frank
10:13PM JUL 7TH 2014
Your post was not up when I began to respond . . . . yes, you responded before my comment was posted, but not before I started mine . . . . I never saw your correction before my original post . . . at least you now realize when the election is . . . . even if you picked losers to run . . . . Allen West couldn't even win in a Republican district as an incumbent after spending $18 million . . . how's he going to win a national election . . . . . delusional . . . . . . . . . besides being absolutely . . .

Pathetic . . . .
Fire
12:07PM JUL 7TH 2014
Not this November, but 2016 Presidential elections.
Frank
12:06PM JUL 7TH 2014
Yes, yes, what a piece of self-centered rightwing delusion --> “We're leading a grassroots revolution to defend our Constitution and take our country back from the liberals" . . . . . . . . from one who somehow believes that torture in the time of war is clearly allowed by the Constitution . . . .

Pathetic . . . .
Fire
12:16PM JUL 7TH 2014
Geneva convention not our constitution dufus.
Frank
10:11PM JUL 7TH 2014
No . . . I meant constitution . . . . but then I doubt you've read either (note: actually the Geneva Conventions are a series of treaties and protocols agreed to over many years) . . . or actually listened to Allen West's defense of his torture . . . . but then that's to be expected from one whose vocabulary and logic appears to be confined to name-calling others "dufus" . . . . .

Pathetic . . . .
Fire
12:15PM JUL 7TH 2014
Guess it's okay with people like you that our enemies torture our POW's and we are suppose to treat those we capture to bring them to America and house them, feed them cloth them and have color T.V.'s for them while in our custody. Why not give them free cell phones and free computers with free internet access so they can keep in touch with family and friends. Maybe you better research how we treated German POW vs How Germany treated our POW. I bet you approve of the illegal immigrants coming to America illegally and excepting all the freebies while using false I.D..
Frank
10:12PM JUL 7TH 2014
Yes, torture of innocent foreign civilians is always to be defended in your Amerika . . . . . and apparently you desire us to act like the very rogue nations you condemn . . .

Pathetic . . . . .
David Shapiro
12:19AM JUL 8TH 2014
Hey, Frank, when it comes to being PATHETIC, you are hardly in a position to cast aspersions on others! Allen West may well have been defeated by Patrick Murphy, but that in no way concludes his political career! Winston Churchill ably demonstrated his leadership qualities as he led his nation through the ravages of the Second World War, no mean feat! Then, at the height of his achievement, he was turned out of office! Lo and behold.......the voters came to realize the error of their ways, and returned Churchill to Office a few years later. In much the same way, Allen West has begun the long climb back, and has gained national recognition in the process, attracting millions of supporters to his noble cause. So, please, Frank, curb your own "pathetic" commentary, and recognize the true qualities of leadership........and they are exemplified by ALLEN WEST!
Frank
9:57PM JUL 8TH 2014
Your words speak for themselves . . . anyone who is delusional enough to actually believe that shrill Allen West has "true leadership" qualities has sadly already demonstrated themselves to be firmly entrenched in their own world of being simply . . .

Pathetic . . . . .

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