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Dr. Ben Carson Takes 2nd Place in 2016 Presidential Straw Poll

MERRIFIELD, Va.June 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee, a political action committee formed to draft Dr. Ben Carson into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, is proud to announce that Dr. Carson made a strong showing in the 2014 National Republican Leadership Conference (NRLC) presidential straw poll, coming in 2nd place in a crowded field of twelve contenders.

“Dr. Ben Carson continues to prove he is a strong presidential contender for 2016 taking top spots in poll after poll,” said Vernon Robinson, the Committee’s campaign director. “Dr. Carson continues to say that if enough Americans clamor for him he will run for president, and a strong showing in the NRLC straw poll clearly shows that the grassroots are clamoring for him.”

The NRLC poll was conducted over the three-day conference May 29-31 in New Orleans, and surveyed 1500 attendees. Dr. Carson was in a dead heat with Sen. Ted Cruz, narrowly coming in 2nd place with 29.38 percent of the vote to Cruz’s 30.33 percent. The next closest contender was Sen. Rand Paul who came in a distant 3rd with 10.43 percent of the vote.

Dr. Carson’s strong showing in the straw poll is the latest in a series of polls showing that the American people are clamoring for him to run. In January, Dr. Carson overwhelmingly won the Linn County, Iowa, midterm caucus straw poll with 87 percent of the votes. And 77 percent of respondents to a poll of Tea Party activists said they support Dr. Carson.  Dr. Carson went on to take top spots in both the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference in New Hampshire and the Conservative Political Action Conference Straw Poll in Washington DC.

“Dr. Carson’s seems to be noticing the groundswell of support for his candidacy demonstrated by thousands of Committee volunteers around the country, and hundreds of thousands of petitions urging him to run,” said John Philip Sousa IV, national chairman of the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee. “Dr. Carson is the potential candidate best suited to heal our nation and put America back on the path to prosperity, and wins like the NRLC straw illustrate that conservatives stand behind him.”

Americans Clamoring for Ben Carson in 2016

MERRIFIELD, Va.May 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee, a political action committee formed to draft Dr. Ben Carson into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, has announced a video contest to spread the word about why Dr. Carson should run for the 2016 Republican nomination. There will be three winning videos, chosen based on the number of Facebook “likes” they receive. Winners will receive their choice of a Silver iPad Air™ or a Microsoft Surface™.

“We’re excited to launch this video competition to let the American people make their voices heard in clamoring for Dr. Carson to run for president,” said Vernon Robinson, the Committee’s campaign director. “We need a principled leader in the White House in 2016, and these videos will let the world know Americans believe Dr. Carson is that leader.”

Participants are encouraged to create their video, upload it to YouTube and send the URL to [email protected], to be uploaded to the Committee’s Facebook page. Contestants must gather as many “likes” as they can by spreading the word to family and friends. All videos will be posted to the Facebook page between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. ET once they have been submitted. The three submissions that garner the most Facebook “likes” will win. All entries must be submitted by midnight onFriday, May 30. Winners will be declared on Monday, June 9.

The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee delivers roughly 4,000 petitions to Dr. Carson each week from Americans who want him to run. In January, Dr. Carson overwhelmingly won the Linn County, Iowa, midterm caucus straw poll with 87 percent of the votes. He also finished strong in the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and Northeast Republican Leadership Conference straw polls. In a recent poll of thousands of Tea Party activists, 77 percent of respondents said they support Dr. Carson.

Since its founding in August 2013, the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee has raised more than $5 million – outpacing the fundraising efforts of the Ready for Hillary PAC. Nearly 75,000 individuals have contributed to the campaign and more than 10,000 volunteers have joined the effort.

About the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee

The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee is a political action committee formed to draft Dr. Ben Carson into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. It was founded by John Philip Sousa IV and Vernon Robinson, and works to raise awareness of Dr. Carson’s qualifications and to engage grassroots conservative activists in clamoring for Dr. Carson to run for president.

Ben Carson at CPAC: We Must Hold Their Feet to the Fire

dr carson cpacJust a short three weeks ago few Americans had heard the name Ben Carson. Those who did generally knew of him in the role of skilled pediatric neurosurgeon and head of Johns Hopkins Pediatric Neurosurgery Department.

But following Dr. Carson’s stirring speech at the National Prayer Breakfast in February, millions of Americans now recognize him. A brilliant man who speaks without a teleprompter and few notes, Dr Carson is seen as a refreshing voice of common sense to many across the country. This weekend Dr. Carson was a featured speaker at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). While there may have been disputes about other invitees to the conference (i.e. Trump over Christie) there is no doubt that Carson was a huge draw as he spoke to the packed crowd.

Today many ask if a man could rise out of relative obscurity to lead the country? The organization and fundraising history  has been key to the ability of a candidate to raise the money needed to run an effective campaign. Would Dr. Carson be interested in such a challenge? Could he become so organized, as to win? There are many unknowns. Still, to many Americans, from coast to coast, Benjamin Carson speaks with a clear voice and proposes sensible solutions to many of our country’s problems including both our education crisis and national debt.

Watch the video of Dr. Carson and share it with your friends. If you want to watch the short Q & A following you can see it at the C-SPAN link: Benjamin Carson (he begins at 21 minutes and the Q & A at 45 minutes).

Dr. Carson on Saving America

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This weekend on the Fox News Channel, Sean Hannity offered a special called Saving America. His guest, the renowned Dr. Benjamin Carson, whose prayer breakfast speech has put him in the public spotlight.

Speaking about common sense ideas and a better direction for America Dr. Carson has become a sensation and been catapulted beyond the medical community into the public eye. His non political perspective along with well thought out plans are seen by many as an important step towards fiscal and personal responsibility by conservatives.

The following is the introductory clip from Hannity’s show. The program, in it’s entirety will air again several times on Saturday and Sunday. It is well worth watching and sharing with your friends.