Ben Carson: Doctor for President?

Ben Carson, genius neurosurgeon, is a potential candidate for 2016. While he has not had really any experience at all in the political realm, he has a large following that want him to run.

Why you may be familiar with the name Ben Carson:

You may have read Gifted Hands in school or have heard of Dr. Carson through his astounding achievements, such as being the first surgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins at the head.

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Here is what I have gathered about some of his stances on popular issues:

Abortion:

Surprisingly, Ben Carson is not as firmly pro-life as many of the other candidates. According to The Blaze, he said that one needed to be pragmatic in order to get into office, and then evoke change. He has also backed pro-abortion candidate, Monica Wehby. But, Ben Carson has proclaimed that he is pro-life by stating, “My entire professional life has been devoted to saving and enhancing lives. Thus, the thought of abortion for the sake of convenience does not appeal to me,” according to On the Issues.

Drugs:

Ben Carson is against legalizing recreational marijuana. According to Newsmax, in regards to legalizing recreational use of marijuana, Carson stated, “You know, we’re gradually just removing all the barriers to hedonistic activity.”

Gun Control:

Due to a statement where Carson noted that he did not believe people in big cities should have semi-automatic guns, Carson has appeared more liberal on the guns rights issue than other potential candidates. However, according to Bloomberg, Carson recently tried to assure voters that, ““under no circumstances” would he “allow a bureaucrat to remove any law-abiding citizen’s rights for any kind of weapon that they want to protect themselves.””

Same-Sex Marriage:

Ben Carson in strongly for traditional marriage, and has made some very controversial statements about his disapproval of gay marriage in the process.

Immigration:

According to Run Ben Run, Carson has stated, “”Is it moral for us, for example, to take advantage of cheap labor from illegal immigrants while denying them citizenship? I’m sure you can tell from the way I phrased the question that I believe we have taken the moral low road on this issue. Some segments of our economy would virtually collapse without these undocumented workers–we all know that–yet we continue to harass and deport many individuals who are simply seeking a better life for themselves and their families.”

Analysis with political guru, Spencer Brown:

How will Ben Carson do in the primaries?

He has a ton of money, but it is not his yet; it is the Run Ben Run campaign that is backing him right now. They have a ton of money and a ton of supporters, which is interesting. So, if he does decide to run, he has a pretty good machine ready to go, I just don’t know if he is going to run.

What groups will he struggle with reaching out to the most?

He will probably struggle with establishment.

What groups will he succeed with reaching out to the most?

He seems to be pretty popular with the Tea Party right of right people.

What are some of Ben Carson’s strengths?

Well, he is brilliant obviously because he is a brain surgeon. I know he has held a lot of positions on boards, and I know he has had a very successful career. He is also a good communicator in general.

What are some of Ben Carson’s weaknesses?

Really, he is prominent because of a sound bite where he attacked the President’s agenda at a prayer breakfast. Politically, I feel like he rose to power just kind of almost by accident. It doesn’t seem like he was in it to get into it. He wasn’t there to make a speech to make himself a national figure, but that was definitely what happened. Even if he has a good staff to tackle the issues and debate, he never actually has done it. He needs to be at least a mayor or something first.

Does he have enough experience in an elected office or in another realm of leadership that would lead to him being an effective president?

He has good leadership experience, just not on the political side.

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