Ben Carson Plans Iowa Trip After Making 2016 Announcement

Alex Pappas Political Reporter

Neurosurgeon Ben Carson plans to go straight to Iowa after announcing his plans for the 2016 presidential race, his political organization said Monday.

Carson will spend May 4-6 in cities across Iowa — the state that holds the first in the nation presidential caucuses — to “discuss health care, education and the economy.”

The former Johns Hopkins brain surgeon, who is formally exploring a run for president as a Republican, is expected to announce his entry into the presidential race earlier in the day on May 4 in his hometown of Detroit.

After making his announcement, Carson will hold an event that week at The IOWA Clinic in West Des Moines. He will also hold a joint town hall meeting with Iowa Republican Rep. Rod Blum in Cedar Rapids and attend a meet and greet at St. Ambrose College in Davenport.

Carson has never run for office before and is expected to portray himself as an outsider in a Republican primary.

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