By Frederick H. Lowe
Ben Carson, M.D., finished with 7% of the vote in a 2016 Republican in a nationwide presidential preference poll released last week by Quinnipac University.
Dr. Carson, a pediatric neurosurgeon from Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, an author and a political conservative, finished behind Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Walker received 18% to Bush’s 16% in the poll.
Carson also finished behind New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Both were at 8 % each. Carson finished ahead of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, U.S. Sen.Ted Cruz of Texas and U.S. Sen. Mario Rubio of Florida.
Dr. Carson recently launched “Run Ben Run,” A National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee.
“Are you tired of Obamacare, constitutional violations, reckless spending, overwhelming debt, and divisive political games from sides of the aisle?,” his campaign website says. “We don’t want the GOP establishment endorsement. We want your endorsement.” The last four words of the sentence are bold.
Carson was born in Detroit on September 18, 1951. He was a poor student in school, falling to the bottom of his class. He was the object of ridicule by his classmates until his mother Sonya Carson ordered him to read two books per week and provide her with written reports about what he’d read. Carson’s encouraging mother left school in the third grade and unbeknownst to Carson could not read much of what of what he wrote in his weekly book reports.
Within a year, he was the top student in his class. He graduated from Yale University with a degree in psychology. He went to medical school at the University of Michigan where he studied neurosurgery.
In 1987, he drew international attention when he successfully separated seven-month old German twins conjoined at the head during a 22-hour surgery in South Africa. He was the first surgeon in history to perform this surgery in such a way that neither twin died.
Carson has written six best-selling books, all published by a Christian publishing house. His first book, his autobiography, released in 1992, is his best-known book, “Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story.” A prostate cancer survivor, Dr. Carson is a Seventh Day Adventist, is married and has three sons.