Christian Neurosurgeon Ben Carson Says ‘I Feel Fingers’ of God Prodding for Presidential Run

Christian Neurosurgeon Ben Carson Says ‘I Feel Fingers’ of God Prodding for Presidential Run

BY ANUGRAH KUMAR , CHRISTIAN POST CONTRIBUTOR
November 22, 2014|9:07 am
Ben Carson Speaks at CPAC(PHOTO: THE CHRISTIAN POST/SONNY HONG)

Former pediatric neurosurgury director at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center Ben Carson speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, March 8, 2014.

Dr. Ben Carson, accomplished neurosurgeon and conservative Christian, tells David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network that there’s a “good chance” he’ll run for president as he can feel “God’s fingers” touching him gently for the 2016 race.

Brody, CBN news chief political correspondent, interviewed Carson during the week for an upcoming national profile story for “The 700 Club,” and asked, “How is that conversation going with God about this potential presidential run? Has He grabbed you by the collar yet? I read an article about that.”

“I feel fingers,” Carson replied in a one-on-one interview in his home in West Palm Beach, Florida. “But it’s mostly me. I have to be sure, and it’s part of my personality that says always look before you leap, but don’t leap before you have to,” he added.

Brody then said, “I do cover the presidential campaign trail,” and asked, “May I potentially see you there soon?”

“I think there is a good chance you might,” Carson responded in the interview, which was only partially released.

“He [Carson] and his wife, Candy, are dedicated followers of Jesus,” Brody remarks in a posting on CBN’s website. “They don’t hide their faith. They can’t. It’s at the core of who they are as people. Evangelical Christians will be attracted to how he doesn’t shy away from proclaiming Jesus as Lord.”

While Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, won the annual Values Voter Summit straw poll for president in September with 25 percent of the vote, Carson finished 5 percentage points behind him earning 20 percent of the vote.

The poll was conducted via mobile votes from 901 attendees of the group’s annual summit in Washington, D.C. The poll included over 22 candidates, including prominent Democrats Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden.

Carson, who has already won a few straw polls this year, was the only candidate that finished in the top three of the voting that did not attend the event. Although Carson has relatively no political experience under his belt, he continues to gain political support with his unwavering conservative comments in the limelight of national media.

“He is extremely popular. … If he decides he wants to [run], I think he could be a serious contender,” Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said in an interview with The Christian Post at the time. “He is another example of someone who refuses to be throttled down by political correctness and is simply speaking the truth. He is laying it out there. He is giving an accurate diagnoses of where America stands and people respond to that. … Republican minded voters are looking for someone who will simply tell the truth and Dr. Carson fits that category.”

If Carson runs for president, “he’s going to shake up politics and politicians,” Brody writes. “He’s not your typical, lunch bucket Republican. He’s going to keep both Republicans and Democrats on their toes.”

Ben Carson: Obamacare Worst Thing Since Slavery.

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Ben Carson: Obamacare Worst Thing Since Slavery

Friday, 11 Oct 2013 04:34 PM

By Todd Beamon

Retired pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson unleashed his strongest attack yet on Obamacare on Friday, saying that President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement was “the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery.””It is slavery, in a way, because it is making all of us subservient to the government,” Carson, who retired in May from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, said at a speech at the conservative Values Voter Summit in Washington. “It was never about healthcare. It was about control.”That’s why, when this administration took office, it didn’t matter that the country was going off the cliff economically, all forces were directed toward getting this legislation passed,” Carson added, with his comments drawing much applause from the event’s 2,000 attendees.Urgent: Should GOP Stick to Its Guns on Obamacare? Vote Here.”Why did they want to pass it so badly?” before answering with a comment from Vladimir Lenin. “He said that socialized medicine is the keystone to the establishment of a Socialist state. That’s the problem.”The summit, which ends on Sunday, is sponsored by the Family Research Council, the Washington-based Christian right-leaning think tank that the Southern Poverty Center has labeled an anti-gay hate group.

Other sponsors include such nonprofit organizations as the Heritage Foundation, the American Family Association, American Values, and Liberty Counsel Action.

Among those speaking on Friday included Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Marco Rubio of Florida, and Tim Scott of South Carolina. Others included House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.

Former Arkansas Gov. and GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint are also scheduled to speak at the summit.

Carson, who has been mentioned as a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2016, continued his attacks on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and other policies of the president that began with his comments in February at the National Prayer Breakfast as Obama sat on the dias.

Many of his remarks on Friday drew sustained applause from the audience.

“It is the most valuable thing you have,” Carson said, referring to one’s health. “Everything else pales into insignificance, compared to your health. And that’s the reason why your health should be controlled by you and not the government.”

He segued into his Obamacare critique by saying, “It’s really time for the people, we the people of America, to stop being afraid of the government and put it in its place.

“Government plays a very important role when, in fact, it believes in the Constitution. That’s the problem. When they begin to neglect the Constitution, when they begin to impose their own will.”

Hinting at President Obama’s decision to delay portions of the healthcare law for big business, Carson continued: “When they look at laws of the land and they say, ‘OK, I think I’ll enforce this one. This one I won’t.’ When they begin to treat people differently.

“When they say that people in the Executive Branch and in the Legislative Branch don’t have to participate in certain programs, but everybody else has to … .

“That’s not America. That’s Russia,” Carson said. “How did we allow that to happen in this nation?”

After his speech, Carson told The Hill that he would consider a White House run.

“[Running for president] is not something I have any desire to do whatsoever,” he said, though adding “but I certainly listen.

“If the circumstances were to evolve in such a way that that seemed to be what God was calling me to do, I would certainly do it,” he told the Hill. “And I would never turn my back on my fellow citizens, if there was a hue and cry for such.”

Carson: Obama Trying to ‘Destroy the Country’

 

Dr. Benjamin Carson, the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital who garnered national headlines for his pointed remarks at last month’s National Prayer Breakfast, says that President Obama and his political allies are trying to “destroy the country.”

“Let’s say somebody were [in the White House] and they wanted to destroy this nation,” Carson postulated in remarks at the Conservative Political Action Conference. “I would create division among the people, encourage a culture of ridicule for basic morality and the principles that made and sustained the country, undermine the financial stability of the nation, and weaken and destroy the military. It appears coincidentally that those are the very things that are happening right now.”

Carson, who is 62, said that the blame for the nation’s current state of affairs does not lie with “any one particular person.” His barbs, though, were clearly aimed at President Obama.

Drawing a link between his medical practice and his political beliefs, Carson argued that righting the nation’s course requires governance “of and by the people.” “That’s why we have these complex brains,” he explained, and went on to joke, “the number of interconnections you have [between neurons] rivals the national debt.”

At the National Prayer Breakfast in February, Carson — with President Obama as a captive audience — lodged a full-frontal assault on the president’s agenda, from progressive taxation to Obamacare. Carson’s remarks led to calls, most notably from the Wall Street Journal editorial board, for him to launch a presidential bid come 2016. He will retire from medicine in three months and, though he declined to discuss his particular plans, he indicated that he hopes to become further involved in educational initiatives; Carson founded a scholarship fund in 1996.

In an event billed as “President Obama’s (National Prayer) Breakfast Club,” Carson shared the stage with Eric Metaxas, the author of a biography of the German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who used his time on stage at 2012’s breakfast to argue that progressives have distorted Christianity in the service of political ideology.