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Ben Carson Starts Making a Play for Florida

October 6, 2015 - 2:15pm
Ben Carson
Ben Carson

Even with Florida Republicans Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio in the race, Dr. Ben Carson has the Sunshine State in his sights. 

Surging in the polls, Carson released a new book Tuesday and Florida will play a prominent role in his tour to promote it. After retiring from his celebrated medical career at Johns Hopkins in Maryland, Carson moved to South Florida. 

On Tuesday the doctor promoted “A More Perfect Union: What We The People Can Do To Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties." 

“I wrote it to help people understand the common sense that the Founders put into the Constitution, and to realize how their common sense has been distorted over time,” Carson explained. “I believe that in our age of political correctness, it's especially important to defend the Bill of Rights, which guarantees our freedom to speak, bear arms, practice our religion, and much more.

“As someone who has performed brain surgery thousands of times, I can assure you that the Constitution isn't brain surgery. It was written for ordinary men and women, and it's short enough to read in a single sitting and carry in your pocket,” Carson added. “I hope you'll enjoy learning about the fascinating ways that the Founders established the greatest democracy in history -- and the ways that recent presidents, congresses, and courts have threatened that democracy.”

TJ Helmstetter, a spokesman for the Democratic National Committee (DNC), fired back Tuesday, noting that Carson expresses his opposition to abortion, President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration and same-sex marriage in the new book. 

“Today, Ben Carson has released a great summary of the entire Republican field’s talking points. Thanks, Ben Carson,” said Helmstetter. “Our children’s freedom is threatened by abortion. Immigrant families should be deported. Gays shouldn’t be allowed to marry. We’ve heard it all before from the Republican field, and now we’re reading it in Ben Carson’s book. Carson, Trump, Bush, Fiorina, Rubio and the others -- it’s no coincidence that they agree on so much. They would shut down the government to defund Planned Parenthood, and they’d all take our country backwards.”
On Friday, in Washington, D.C., Carson kicks off a book tour with plans to visit 10 states, including Iowa and South Carolina, with more than 40 stops planned. Carson is clearly targeting Florida in his book tour with 13 stops in the Sunshine State. On Sunday, Nov. 1, Carson will hit Pensacola and Panama City before traveling to Tallahassee, the Villages and Orlando the next day. On Tuesday, Nov. 3, Carson will visit Tampa, Lakeland before going to Sarasota, Fort Myers, and Naples on Nov. 4 and Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton on Nov. 5. 

Carson has not been announced as a speaker at the Republican Party of Florida’s (RPOF) Sunshine Summit in Orlando later in November. Ten candidates have already been announced as scheduled to attend. 

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Dr. Carson, I've supported you from the beginning. I believe in your honesty and integrity. You are the person our nation needs as its next president. God bless you and your family.

Finally, someone with common sense, patients, knowledge and experience to what we have grown up knowing what has been messed up in our country and how to fix it. You have my vote Dr.Ben Carson. I cannot wait to meet you and Candy in Fort Myers. "It's not brain surgery"

Darn auto correct.

Dr. Carson is continuing the tradition of the citizen politician rather than the new category of professional politician. The most important ingredient of any president is character – someone with a first rate mind and someone with the habit of telling the truth. This is in stark contrast to the likely Democratic nominee with is best know for having a uterus and for being a congenital liar. “In his book America the Beautiful, published in 2013, Carson said: ‘I believe it is a very good idea for physicians, scientists, engineers, and others trained to make decisions based on facts and empirical data to get involved in the political arena.’" Now that is true diversity, diversity of ideas. Although Dr. Carson is 80% African in his DNA make up he does not make race his defining issue nor is he likely to use race as a divisive issue like our current president. Dr. Caron will be completely vetted by the American public during this campaign and so far he seems to be passing with flying colors.

You are "the man" for the job. God be with you. I pray that I will get to meet you and Candy in Florida.

Correction on my previous comment - was supposed to say, near the end "book tour" not "book store." Sorry!!

I look at Dr. Carson's official campaign website and wonder why there are no detailed plans associated to any of the issues he lists. I was also stunned that the issue of illegal or legal immigration was not listed. Writing books are all good and fine but since he is now running a presidential campaign Dr. Carson needs to update his official website with his plans and proposals so that they can be compared to other candidates proposals. The public and media demanded proposals from Donald Trump and I wonder why no one is asking the same of Dr. Carson.

such a fine gentlemen and God fearing man. Don't defend self as other s are doing or bit back. Just stay gentle,kind and soft spoken,,that is what we love about you. Win or lose is in God's hands

I liked Carson from the outset, and after reading his books...Gifted Hands...America The Beautiful and One Nation...I'm more convinced than ever that he will make a great President.

T.J Helmstetter's comment about Dr Carson's book taking the country backwards and get this "Our children s future is being threatened by abortion is correct when you murder children as in abortion their future is threatened!! The DNC is a rudderless ship that constantly lives in the stone age. They have to create a crisis to have a platform. It's the same old monolithic drumbeat. Abortion- although Planned Parenthood (misnomer) has been harvesting body parts from fetus's which is a disgusting respect for life on their part the DNC is right there supporting the horrid process tantamount to what happened in Nazi Germany! Gays shouldn't marry which Dr. Carson says they can do what the want to do we are not changing the definition of marriage simply for the politically correct group. i.e. marriage is between a man & a woman. immigrants should be deported. again another lie from T.J. Helmstetter's mouth. Dr. Carson said we need to shut off the goodies and the illegals will stop coming across into the US. Deal with the ones we have here. Document them, allow them to continue to work. they cannot get benefits for sitting on their asses. AND HER'S WHAT REALLY RILES THE DNC. THEY WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO VOTE UNLESS THEY BECOME CITIZENS!!! The DNC is losing the battle of holding onto the past. They hate Carson because there is no racist in Carson's campaign, being black, successful, intelligent, it's everything the DNC cannot twist and create a crisis for the unsophisticated voters they court to buy into! Everybody should buy the book in order to understand the US Constitution and also realize how the democratic party has sold out minorities and the middle class since the Johnson era. after the tour Carson's numbers in Florida will soar beyond the phony pollsters predictions that Biden is ahead of Carson another fallacy of the mainstream media. Shutting down this government would be a God sent. So Mr Helmstetter, exactly what is your point?????

Thank You for taking the time to TRY to enlighten the IGNORANT MASSES!! I would have done this, but you have written this so well that I don't feel the need to add to it!! Thanks!

Apparently, Mr. Carson is having a change of heart! It was not so long ago that he stated publicly that he did not think that someone who lives in a city should be allowed to own an AR-15 rifle!......"SAY WHAT?" Hey, don't get down on me, I'm just the messenger, but he said it, right on the Glenn Beck show! That blew him out of the water as far as I am concerned! Should where you live dictate what Rights you can exercise? I think it was the dumbest thing I have ever heard someone say!

Hal, I'm going to search for that Glenn Beck interview and watch it. I'm sure that, AS USUAL, Dr. Carson's common sense statement was TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT! I have been researching and following Dr. Carson's personal, professional (for the past two years), and now too his political life, and EVERY TIME that I have read a so-called quote of an Un-American stance from Dr. Carson, IT TURNS OUT THAT THE QUOTE WAS TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT:/ Please don't not support Dr. Carson before you research EVERYTHING that he believes in, and WILL STAND UP FOR! He is our best hope at returning our nation to We The People!!!

Thank you, Melinda Miller. You are so right that the quotes continue to be taken out of context and exaggerated. It is obvious that Dr. Ben Carson is a threat to the left. Try as they might, they won't be able to disparage him - his integrity, love of country, accomplishments and the thousands of lives he saved or vastly improved - and you don't hear him being a loud braggodosio about it - modesty is very attractive. Can't wait to see him in Naples, Florida, and I bet his numbers will go up significantly here in the Sunshine State after this book store. God bless Dr. Ben and his lovely wife, Candy!! With him ALL THE WAY!!!!!

We've got your back. Fl. for the good doctor.

Love you Dr Carson. Welcome to FL You have my vote!

You'd better check out what the good Doctor said on the Glenn Beck show about how people who live in a city should not be able to own an AR-15 type weapon! Dumbest thing I have ever heard him utter!

The "Kool-Ade" is dripping out of DNC spokesman T.J. Helmstetter's mouth; the ONLY danger to our childrens' freedom and future is continued Liberal, Socialist, Democrat governance (of the Democrat National Committee "brand") ! ! !


Let the race for Florida begin.

We need a doctor in the HOUSE!!!!

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