A better question might be should Dr. Ben Carson run for president?

It’s no secret that Dr. Carson enjoys tremendous support from American conservatives. When he spoke at CPAC in March of this year, the audience was sprinkled with signs which read “Run Ben, Run” but that doesn’t necessarily form the basis of a campaign. Then again, maybe it does.

Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard recently reported…

Ben Carson Moves Toward Presidential Run

Ben Carson is warming to the idea of running for president. Since the famous brain surgeon retired last year from Johns Hopkins Hospital, he’s been speaking around the country to enthusiastic audiences. And they’ve affected his thinking about seeking national office.

“Over the years, there have been many attempts to get me to throw my hat in the political arena,” Carson writes in his new book, One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future. “I have been offered support from around the country and tremendous financial resources if I decide to run for national office. But I have not felt the call to run.”

Ramesh Ponnuru offered a counterpoint at Bloomberg News…

Ben Carson tells Fred Barnes that he is, as Barnes puts it, “warming to the idea of running for president.” Everywhere he goes, he says, people are encouraging him to run: “And so many people tell me that, and so I think I’m starting to hear something.”

Dr. Carson is an impressive man, and it would be terrific to have a presidential candidate who could say “this isn’t brain surgery” and unquestionably know what he was talking about. He may, however, be making a mistake a lot of aspiring politicians do: overestimating how many supporters he has.

Dr. Carson is a very decent and smart man but it remains to be seen whether or not he’d make a good presidential candidate.

If he doesn’t run, I have a suggestion for the next Republican president which can be summed up in five words:

Surgeon General Dr. Ben Carson.

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