Conservative Surgeon Ben Carson Launches Presidential Bid In Detroit

Conservative retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson launches what he calls a “unique” presidential campaign.

Conservative retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson is jumping into the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

Carson told supporters in his hometown of Detroit he will run a “unique” campaign.

He’s striking the chords that make him a favorite among tea party conservatives, citing the importance of balanced federal budgets, limiting taxes and regulations on big business and reducing social programs he says create a climate of dependency.

Carson – who’s never held elected office — says neither he nor voters should be part of what he calls the “political class.” 

“Stop being loyal to a party or to a man and use your brain,” he told a crowd at Detroit’s Music Hall.

Carson is the first African American to join what is becoming a very crowded field for the GOP presidential nomination.


  • Quinn Klinefelter
    Quinn Klinefelter is a Senior News Editor at 101.9 WDET. In 1996, he was literally on top of the news when he interviewed then-Senator Bob Dole about his presidential campaign and stepped on his feet.