Saturday, April 18, 2015

Ben Carson makes case for politically incorrect president in speech to Cuyahoga County GOP

On a weekend when nearly 20 Republican presidential prospects were camped out in New Hampshire, Ben Carson camped out in Cleveland.

"The weather's nicer here," Carson said lightly after delivering the keynote speech Saturday evening at the Cuyahoga County GOP's Lincoln Day dinner.

The retired brain surgeon's speech to about 600 party faithful at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel came exactly 15 months before the Republican National Convention kicks off a few blocks away at Quicken Loans Arena. Carson is exploring a White House bid and will announce next month whether he intends to compete for the nomination that will officially be awarded here in July 2016.

Carson, who rose from poverty in Detroit to the head of the pediatric neurosurgery department at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, emphasized his rags-to-riches biography. He talked of a similar journey for the country, calling for can-do Americans and for leaders who will scale back federal regulations on business.

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