It’s Official, Republican Dr. Ben Carson Announces Presidential Candidacy

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ABOVE VIDEO: Ben Carson confirmed on Sunday that he will be announcing his presidential bid on Monday. 

Ben Carson confirmed on Sunday that he will be announcing his presidential bid on Monday.

Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, made the announcement in a television interview with Sinclair Broadcasting ahead of his formal campaign kickoff event, still scheduled for Monday in Detroit .

Carson suggested to POLITICO the interview was a pre-interview to be released around the time of the announcement but said in it: “I’m willing to be a part of the equation, and, therefore, I’m announcing my candidacy for president of the United States.”

Carson later acknowledged that he did informally disclose his candidacy. His comments came at the Detroit Music Hall, where he was preparing to rehearse for his announcement.

Dr. Ben Carson

Dr. Ben Carson

“We probably wouldn’t be doing all this if we weren’t” running, he said.

Sitting next to her husband at the Detroit Music Hall for the announcement rehearsal, Candy Carson deadpanned: “I think the country is probably more excited than we are.”

Carson gained attention, and began to draw interest from the conservative wing of the Republican Party, after his appearance at the National Prayer Breakfast in 2013, where he chided President Barack Obama over the Affordable Care Act.

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