GOP candidate bursts onto political scene

Caroline Veraldo

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March 31, 2017

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Presidential candidate Benjamin Carson speaks at the Sharonville Convention Center near Cincinnati. According to, Carson currently has about 14% of the Republican vote, just behind front-runners Carly Fiorina and Donald Trump. However, Carson has his critics, with a large percentage voting Carson as “unfavorable”.

Along with being the first to successfully separate twins conjoined at the head, former Michigan neurosurgeon Benjamin Carson has decided to expand his horizons by joining the 2016 presidential race.

Although Carson announced his 2016 presidential campaign on May 4th, 2015, he has only recently gained recognition from the public eye. This popularity is most likely a reaction to his very prominent, conservative views regarding same-sex marriage, immigration, and Islam.

The most prominent of Carson’s views is regarding having a Muslim as president. Carson drew attention on Sunday during the Meet the Press segment of the presidential campaign.

When asked if a president’s faith should matter, he said, “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.”

After hearing this declaration, some were in agreement, but many disagreed as well. One well known opponent was Donald Trump.

Trump said, “I think that anyone that is able to win an election will be absolutely fine.”

This rather bold statement by Carson, offset by the ironically, more rational stance taken by Trump begins to signal a new GOP candidate for voters to keep their eyes on throughout the 2015-2016 race for office.

Junior Chloe Bradley said, “It will be interesting to see what else Carson has to say about other issues. I am interested to hear about his views as well as the views of all other candidates in the 2016 race.”