Over the weekend during an appearance on Fox News Sunday, Dr. Ben Carson stated he is in fact gathering people and putting resources in place if he decides to launch a presidential campaign. The time frame would be sometime no later than the month of May, possibly before then. Prior to the campaign announcement, Carson indicated an exploratory committee would be coming in the next couple weeks which would allow fundraising toward the possible campaign.
Report from Fox News:
Dr. Ben Carson acknowledged Sunday that he is building a campaign team for a potential 2016 presidential run and indicated he will make a formal announcement by May.
“We’re making sure all the infrastructure is in place — personnel and rationale,” said Carson, a conservative favorite expected to run in the Republican primary. “We’re putting all of that together.”
Carson indicated on “Fox News Sunday” that he will, in the next couple of weeks, announce an exploratory committee toward a White House bid and that he would make public in May whether we will formally enter the race.
The 63-year-old Carson continues to do well in early polling.
He finished tied for fifth in a Bloomberg Politics/Saint Anselm New Hampshire Poll for potential GOP candidates released Sunday.
He finished behind former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Carson tied with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
At this point, I can’t see a reason not to wait. Over the next few months, candidates who made a splash early may begin to fade from the hype which opens the door to new blood later in the spring. We could see a new candidate announce on the Republican side every month from now until Labor Day and still have some left over.