Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon and popular for his book, “Gifted Hands”, who has also never held elective office, said on Sunday that he would seek the 2016 Republican nomination for president, joining the party’s fast-growing field.
Mr. Carson, who appeared on the political scene just two years ago and gained attention among conservatives for a speech highly critical of President Obama, planned a formal announcement of his candidacy on Monday in his native Detroit. He began his rise from poverty there to the heights of medicine — a path that shaped his rejection of liberal social policies in favor of self-reliance.
On Sunday evening, Mr. Carson said in an interview with a Washington television station that he was entering the race. “I’m announcing my candidacy for president of the United States,” he told WJLA.
Despite a crowded Republican field likely to be among the strongest and broadest in decades, Mr. Carson, 63, believes there is a clamor for an insurgent candidate without ties to party politics.
But that belief is likely to be tested quickly as he is forced to compete for donors and support with more established and organized candidates like Senators Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida — all of whom have announced their candidacies — and leading party figures like Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin