Ben Carson: “I Do Not See a Political Path Forward”

 

Ben CarsonDr. Ben Carson has apparently decided to drop out of the race. He posted the following statement to his Facebook page moments ago:

I have decided not to attend the Fox News GOP Presidential Debate tomorrow night in Detroit. Even though I will not be in my hometown of Detroit on Thursday, I remain deeply committed to my home nation, America. I do not see a political path forward in light of last evening’s Super Tuesday primary results. However, this grassroots movement on behalf of “We the People” will continue. Along with millions of patriots who have supported my campaign for President, I remain committed to Saving America for Future Generations. We must not depart from our goals to restore what God and our Founders intended for this exceptional nation.
I appreciate the support, financial and otherwise, from all corners of America. Gratefully, my campaign decisions are not constrained by finances; rather by what is in the best interests of the American people.
I will discuss more about the future of this movement during my speech on Friday at CPAC in Washington, D.C.
– Ben

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  1. Frank Soto Contributor
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    Ray Kujawa: Trump missing a debate doesn’t seem to have hurt his prospects.

    Hurt him in Iowa.

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  2. The Crooked Timber Member
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    Max Ledoux:

    The Crooked Timber:I don’t actually see anywhere in that message where he has dropped out of the race. He recognizes that he can’t win, but he also doesn’t say, “I’ve decided to suspend my campaign.”

    That’s why I wrote “apparently” in the original post.

    I was reacting more to the other members than the initial post. Should he stay in after Friday, however, it will be hard to see this announcement as anything else than trying to get his name into the newscycle, a kind of desperate “Look at me!”

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  3. Max Ledoux Coolidge
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    Ray Kujawa: I think this means that he believes there might be better ways to get his message across than the current debate-o-rama cage match slug fest. He’s said it’s disgraceful what has been occurring in the debates. The debates are either trying to pull him off message and he seems to be getting ignored. He is a small government conservative in a culture that pushes for all the problems to be taken on and solved by big government.

    A lot of people think Trump lost Iowa in part because he skipped the Fox debate just before the caucuses.

    Carson in not in nearly the same position, support-wise, where he can afford to lose votes due to skipping a debate. Carson’s out.

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  4. Alex Wilgus Inactive
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    Too little too late, Ben.

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  5. Leigh Inactive
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    Commodore BTC:I will be shocked if Trump attends the debate tomorrow, especially now with Carson out.

    The moderators using Kasich/Carson to bail out Trump was the only thing that prevented him from imploding at the last debate.

    And Trump has very little to gain by more debates, and much to lose.

    But he said skipping the debate hurt him in Iowa and that he wouldn’t do it again — and people watched the debate. If Trump doesn’t show, Rubio and Cruz are going to make fun of him to the skies for cowardice. Does he want that, either? Can he afford to give them hours of free airtime without himself in the picture?

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  6. Whiskey Sam Inactive
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    Hope he’s bowing out.  He’s more useful elsewhere than prolonging the vote-splitting with no chance of winning himself.  I’d be shocked if his voters went to Trump.  Carson’s backing is not just for an outsider but based on his decency and morality.  Those supporters are turned off by Trump’s antics and are more likely to look elsewhere.

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  7. Frank Soto Contributor
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    Leigh:

    Commodore BTC:I will be shocked if Trump attends the debate tomorrow, especially now with Carson out.

    The moderators using Kasich/Carson to bail out Trump was the only thing that prevented him from imploding at the last debate.

    And Trump has very little to gain by more debates, and much to lose.

    But he said skipping the debate hurt him in Iowa and that he wouldn’t do it again — and people watched the debate. If Trump doesn’t show, Rubio and Cruz are going to make fun of him to the skies for cowardice. Does he want that, either? Can he afford to give them hours of free airtime without himself in the picture?

    He knows he looked awful in the last debate.  He’s afraid to be on stage with the Hermanos Cubanos.

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  8. Mike LaRoche Inactive
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    He will be Secretary of Health and Human Services in the Trump administration.

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  9. Frozen Chosen Inactive
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    I hope Megan hammers Trump Thursday night – that would be awesome!

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  10. BrentB67 Inactive
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    Frank Soto:

    The Crooked Timber:I don’t actually see anywhere in that message where he has dropped out of the race. He recognizes that he can’t win, but he also doesn’t say, “I’ve decided to suspend my campaign.”

    Probably coming on Friday at CPAC. Not showing up to the debate means that everyone watching will assume he is out.

    I remember when someone thought Dr. Carson was out because he wasn’t going to show up in New Hampshire after Iowa and look at how much dust that stirred up….

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  11. Frank Soto Contributor
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    BrentB67:

    Frank Soto:

    The Crooked Timber:I don’t actually see anywhere in that message where he has dropped out of the race. He recognizes that he can’t win, but he also doesn’t say, “I’ve decided to suspend my campaign.”

    Probably coming on Friday at CPAC. Not showing up to the debate means that everyone watching will assume he is out.

    I remember when someone thought Dr. Carson was out because he wasn’t going to show up in New Hampshire after Iowa and look at how much dust that stirred up….

    He was going to NH though.  :)

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  12. Pilgrim Coolidge
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    Frozen Chosen:So is he still in the race or not? I want to think the best about Dr Carson but it seems like he just can’t leave the limelight behind.

    I am looking for his FEC statements in a few months, expecting that Carson’s fund-raising costs and the enrichment of his fund-raisers will be scandalous.  A naif plucked by professionals.

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  13. Dad Dog Member
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    I know some Carson supporters.  Based on their inclinations and reasoning, I would think that most of Carson’s voters would go to Cruz, with a handful to Trump, still fewer to Rubio.

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  14. Douglas Inactive
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    Mike LaRoche:He will be Secretary of Health and Human Services in the Trump administration.

    Surgeon General

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  15. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Richard Fulmer: How much of that can his ego take?

    Too much.

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  16. Casey Way Inactive
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    Gifted hands, questionable political judgement

    I still contend to this day his best prudent political path was running for Senate in the seat vacated by Mikulski. Another GOP senator from typically liberal Maryland which recently flirted with a GOP governor. Baltimore was his long time backyard and his unity message could have played well with the recent turmoil.

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  17. She Member
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    Frank Soto:

    The Crooked Timber:I don’t actually see anywhere in that message where he has dropped out of the race. He recognizes that he can’t win, but he also doesn’t say, “I’ve decided to suspend my campaign.”

    Probably coming on Friday at CPAC. Not showing up to the debate means that everyone watching will assume he is out.

    People really shouldn’t assume that sort of thing about Ben Carson.  Assuming that sort of thing about Ben Carson got Ted Cruz in a heap of trouble . . .

    I love Ben Carson.  But I can’t understand how a successful pediatric neurosurgeon, a doctor (a group not known for being mealy-mouthed and ambiguous, believe me), who must have been very good at making critical decisions when lives were on the line,  can be so vague about his campaign.

    Is he in, or out?

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  18. tabula rasa Inactive
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    Carson is a thoroughly admirable man.  I don’t think he has all the necessary qualifications to be our president, but then neither does the Donald.

    On the other hand, I would not go to any of the other candidates for my neurosurgery needs.

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  19. Front Seat Cat Member
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    Frank Soto:

    Joseph Stanko:Paging John Kasich, you’re up next!

    You unflinching optimist.

    I liked Ben Carson – he was the best example of dignity, grace and wisdom and I am surprised that he did not garner more the of black vote.  I hope he becomes Surgeon General if willing.

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  20. Arizona Patriot Member
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    I don’t know if this means Carson is going to drop out, but he didn’t just say that he was skipping a debate.  He also said: “I do not see a political path forward in light of last evening’s Super Tuesday primary results.”

    My conclusion is that he’s decided to drop out, but hasn’t decided what to say about it, whether to endorse someone else, and if so, who to endorse.  He’ll probably answer these questions on Friday at CPAC.

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  21. Dad Dog Member
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    Arizona Patriot: He’ll probably answer these questions on Friday at CPAC.

    We hope.

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  22. rico Inactive
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    Arizona Patriot: My conclusion is that he’s decided to drop out, but hasn’t decided what to say about it, whether to endorse someone else, and if so, who to endorse. He’ll probably answer these questions on Friday at CPAC.

    That’s it in a nutshell. He’s taken the wind out of the sails of the “get out!’ voices with his decision not to debate, and his strong hint (no political path forward) that he won’t continue the race. It also gives him a brighter spotlight at CPAC for his grand finale “unifying” speech. His withdrawal will be principled and less likely to be seen as a mere surrender to the political reality.

    A “unifying” speech also sets him up for a possible endorsement of Cruz, but that’s admittedly speculative (okay, it’s a long-shot).

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  23. Ray Kujawa Coolidge
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    Frank Soto:

    Ray Kujawa: Trump missing a debate doesn’t seem to have hurt his prospects.

    Hurt him in Iowa.

    Agree, his current overall lead was marginally impacted by not placing 1st in Iowa. How many other Republicans did he finish ahead of in Iowa? I believe he finished 2nd there. Recalling a 2nd place finish in Iowa seems like harping over small potatoes after Super Tuesday.

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  24. Ray Kujawa Coolidge
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    Douglas:

    Mike LaRoche:He will be Secretary of Health and Human Services in the Trump administration.

    Surgeon General

    White House Communications Director for the Cruz administration.

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  25. BastiatJunior Member
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    The Crooked Timber:I don’t actually see anywhere in that message where he has dropped out of the race. He recognizes that he can’t win, but he also doesn’t say, “I’ve decided to suspend my campaign.”

    It sounded to me like he was continuing the campaign, while admitting he isn’t going to win.

    Edit:  Nevermind.  Already been said.

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