Who Is Ben Carson Going To Endorse? The Candidate Isn't Picking Favorites
A few months ago, it looked like it was possible that Ben Carson would have a real shot at winning the Republican nomination for president. The the primaries actually began. After gathering just eight delegates, total, after Super Tuesday, the doctor has finally ended his campaign. But who's Ben Carson going to endorse? It looks like he's not planning on endorsing anyone at all.
Update: Ben Carson endorsed Donald Trump on March 11, according to CNN. He said that the Trump people see on stage is not the "real" Trump:
After officially ending his campaign in a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday, Carson released a statement on Facebook about his plans for the rest of the election season. Carson wrote that he would be serving as an honorary chair at My Faith Votes, a Christian voting organization, dedicated to "mobilizing the 25 million Evangelicals who didn't vote in the last election." In focusing on faith-based issues, it's possible that he could throw some more support behind Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who is working to earn the evangelical vote. With Carson out, there's not much more competition for that voting block.
Although he's not going to endorse anyone in particular, Carson did lay out a "5 Point Voting Plan" for Republicans. He asks that members of the party make their decision based on:
Ben Carson officially drops out of the Republican presidential race, saying he is "leaving the campaign trail" https://t.co/5amaBfqMVE— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) March 4, 2016
It's hard to tell who Carson believes lives up to all of those criteria, but the former neurosurgeon told reporters afterwards that he believed all of the candidates were capable of being president. Even Donald Trump, who has attacked Carson personally in the past and said he had a "pathological temper" back in November when Carson was faced with allegations that he had lied about receiving a scholarship to West Point.
Carson has forgiven Trump it seems. Or at least seen through him, according to CNN. Carson said that Trump's main goal is to be "successful." He pointed out that it was likely Trump would "appoint people who were very, very good and very, very smart and he would largely stay out of their way."
Carson is taking a pretty measured approach in waiting to see who the nominee is before stumping for a candidate. It's possible that none of them fit into his voting criteria. It's more likely that he's more interested in a Republican winning the general election next fall no matter who it is. Supporting one or the other now, in the middle of primary season, would cause more trouble than it's worth. No one wants to end up like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right?