Carson officially enters 2016 race

(Prezography photo)

(Prezography photo)

By The Iowa Statesman


Running the United States government might not be brain surgery, but a retired neurosurgeon from Detroit thinks he knows what it will take to get the country back on track.

Dr. Ben Carson officially announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination today in his hometown to a packed house at the Detroit Music Hall. Earlier in the day, he attended a prayer breakfast with local pastors, spoke to a crowd of about 100 people at the Charles Wright Museum of African American History, and spoke to a group of students at the Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine.

He had planned to come to Iowa for a rally in Des Moines, but has instead rushed to Dallas to be with his mother, Sonya, who is gravely ill. His state campaign committee chairs, state Rep. Rob Taylor (R-West Des Moines) and his wife, Dr. Christi Taylor, held a press conference this morning on the west steps of the Iowa Statehouse to discuss the cancellations.

Carson personally issued the following statement:

“My friends in Iowa who I was so hoping to see tonight in Des Moines, I am afraid I must cancel our rally tonight at the Iowa Clinic. I will instead fly to be with my mother one last time. Please continue to pray for my family.”