Dr. Ben Carson: I Don’t Really Want to Run For Political Office

Posted: Mar 26, 2013 6:00 PM

After first not-so-subtly rebuking the policies of the current administration at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast, then delivering a well-received and inspiring speech at CPAC earlier this month, Dr. Ben Carson is obviously making a name for himself in conservative circles. In fact, his impending retirement from medicine is raising all sorts of questions about his viability as a candidate for high national office, including the most coveted job. But during an interview with Larry Kudlow Monday night, he seemed to nip these premature notions in the bud, explaining that he might not be interested in elected politics after all (via NRO):

When asked if he had any interest whatsoever in running for the soon-to-be vacant senate seat in Michigan in 2014 he answered with a resounding “no.” There was no hint of ambiguity in his voice. “People keep trying to put me in politics,” he stated bluntly. “And I don’t really want to do it because I don’t really fit the mold.” (He’s reportedly not interested in running for president either). What he did say, however, is that he would be interested in television broadcasting as a way to educate the public -- especially young Americans. This is an end-goal anyone familiar with his upbringing (and philanthropic efforts, for that matter) knows is deeply personal to him.

I see why many Republicans want Dr. Carson to run for president. We’re used to the same, flip-flopping Republican moderates -- public figures who’ve been in the public eye for decades -- winning the nomination, only to come up agonizingly short. How exciting would it be to have a fresh face on the ticket with swagger, superb communication skills, and an inspiring life-story leading the party to victory in 2016? His phone is already ringing off the hook with people who want him to run. And while it seems pretty obvious at this point that probably won’t happen, I imagine the speculation won’t die down anytime soon. And for good reason.