Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina Announce Presidential Campaigns

Alex Pappas Political Reporter
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Two people who will portray themselves as political outsiders, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina, both announced Monday that they will be seeking the Republican Party’s nomination for president in 2016.

Carson, the famed neurosurgeon who has never run for office before, will likely be the only African-American of either party to run for the White House.

Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard who unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate in 2010 in California, is likely to be the only woman, other than Democrat Hillary Clinton, to mount a campaign.

Carson, who is holding a campaign rally Monday in Detroit, released a video with his new campaign slogan of “Heal. Inspire. Revive.”

Fiorina made her announcement on “Good Morning America” in an interview with George Stephanopolous.

“Yes, I am running for president,” Fiorina said. “I think I’m the best person for the job because I understand how the economy actually works. I understand the world, who’s in it, how the world works.”

Both Carson and Fiorina had made clear in recent weeks that they would be announcing their 2016 intentions Monday. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is expected to officially jump into the GOP race on Tuesday.

Other Republicans already in the race include Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

As for the Democrats, both Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders have said they are running.

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