Ben Carson, meet Herman Cain.
The duo are scheduled to be together Monday when Cain — the former Republican presidential candidate — hosts about 10 prominent black conservatives in Washington D.C.
Cain and Carson have several things in common: both have been encouraged to run for president after wowing conservative crowds excited about the prospect of a black conservative in the White House. Neither have ever served in public office.
Cain — the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza — ran for president as a Republican in 2012. Carson, the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, has been mentioned as a possible candidate for office after several recent high-profile public appearances.
Others attending the gathering at the Willard Hotel include Ken Blackwell, the former Cincinnati mayor and Ohio secretary of state and Alveda King, the pro-life activist and niece of Martin Luther King, Jr.
“In addition to getting acquainted and looking for ways to support each other through their various initiatives, Cain plans to discuss how to collectively expose the damaging effects of the current administration on the black community, the effects of which are worse than the national negative impact of bad policy,” Kathy Hoekstra, a spokeswoman for Cain, said in an email.