Dr. Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon, who for a brief period led the Republican presidential race before his campaign staff began to jump ship, told his supporters in an email Wednesday afternoon that he does not see a “path forward” and will not be attending Thursday’s CNN debate in Detroit, MI.
Carson, however, has not officially suspended his campaign. Instead, he said in the statement that he has decided to make a speech about his political future on Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland.
As one of my most dedicated supporters, I wanted you to hear this directly from me.
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 interest 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.
Thank you for everything.
The announcement serves as an acknowledgement that Carson’s candidacy is all but done following a disappointing election on Super Tuesday in the 11 states that held contest.
The decision follows staff infighting and staff deciding to find other jobs derailing what had been looked upon as an unstoppable campaign to conservative stardom.
Carson, 64, came onto the scene back in early 2013 when, addressing the nonpartisan National Prayer Breakfast, he spoke on the dangers of political correctness, and discussed the idea of a flat tax and criticized President Obama’s Affordable Health Care (Obamacare) law. And he did it while standing right next to a steely-faced Obama.
By August of that year there was a “National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee” started to try and draft Carson to run. Before Carson had announced his presidential bid last May, the group had raised over $15 million and had received half-million signatures encouraging the Doctor to run._Follow FortySix News on Twitter and Facebook: Follow @FortySixNews