Ben Carson On 2016 Run: ‘I Would Never Turn My Back On My Fellow Citizens’

Jamie Weinstein Senior Writer
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Is Ben Carson just trying to sell books — or is he seriously considering a 2016 presidential run?

During an appearance on “Hannity” Monday night to promote his new book “One Nation,” the famed neurosurgeon again hinted at entering the 2016 White House race.

“Somebody said to me today in the elevator today — didn’t know me from Adam — you’ve got to run,” he told host Sean Hannity. “It’s just everywhere I go and I think what people really are looking for is common sense and courage and somebody who understands the Constitution, and the principles of freedom, innovation, social responsibility. And if somebody can come along with those things, and really gain a lot of traction, I would be delighted.”

“And if they don’t,” he added, “I would certainly give it serious consideration.”

Pressed by Hannity if his heart was really in it, Carson said he would prefer to enjoy his recent retirement, but would take on the burden of a run if his fellow citizens demanded it.

“I don’t want to do it but if we’re left in a situation where there is not a lot of enthusiasm for anybody else, I would never turn my back on my fellow citizens,” he said.

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