Illustration: Mark Marturello/The Des Moines Register
BORN: September 18, 1951 in Detroit, Michigan
What he’s got: Passionate following from his Fox News hits, writing, and public appearances; a compelling stump speech and biography; more freedom than other Republicans to speak about race and political correctness; a demeanor that soothes and impresses; an en vogue non-politician resume.
What he lacks: Executive, legislative, and/or political experience; national-security credentials; consistent ability to avoid gaffes, stick to a script, and stay on message; a clear and plausible early-state strategy.
Ben Carson Can’t Explain Paul Rand’s Anti-Vax Stance
Ben Carson speaks with Bloomberg Politics about vaccinations, and how the government should (or shouldn’t) be involved.
“God always prepares you for what He wants you to do.”
“I think most people when they finish that course, they'd be ready to sign up for ISIS.”
“Today many feel it is ok to hate someone who thinks differently than you do ... This attitude is poison.”
“When they come out they’re gay. So, did something happen while they were in there [prison]?”
The TV movie Gifted Hands, starring Cuba Gooding Jr., is based on Carson's autobiography by the same name.