Ben Carson declines to endorse a GOP candidate

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Dr. Ben Carson

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ben Carson, who recently ended his White House bid, is declining to endorse any candidate for the Republican nomination, though he says he has “talked to all of them this week.”

Speaking to a gathering of conservative activists in suburban Maryland, the retired neurosurgeon says the United States needs “trickle-down ethics.” He says the ideal presidential candidate is ethical and accomplished, has clear policies and treats others well. He says whoever can check all of those boxes would be a “great leader.”

Carson reiterated that he is leaving the campaign trail, something he announced on his Facebook page the day after Super Tuesday contests.

The Conservative Political Action Conference crowd gave him an adoring standing ovation. He says there are “a lot of people who love me, they just won’t vote for me.”

Carson says he will now be working on a project to encourage religious values voters to participate in elections.

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  • Nancy

    He says the ideal presidential candidate is ethical and accomplished, has clear policies and treats others well. He says whoever can check all of those boxes would be a “great leader.”

    I am not sure that either of these sentences is true. The ideal president is one who will represent the people most accurately. The president ought to reflect the values of the people, not impart values upon the people. That would be governing by the president, not governing by the people. Governing by the people is what we are supposed to have here, and the president is supposed to be a representative, not a leader. The leader is the people, as reflected by voting and implemented by Congress. The president is supposed to represent the values of the people, as reflected in those laws and votes, to the world. The president is not obligated to agree with those values or hold them personally himself, but he is obligated to present them as the country’s values in the exercise of his job. So Carson’s first sentence is just wrong. The second sentence doesn’t follow from the first logically, as many ethical and accomplished people who have clear agendas and who treat others well are lousy leaders. And it again assumes that the primary job of the president is that of a leader, when in fact it is not. Yes, we all call him that, and yes the world thinks of him that way, but that is NOT what the Constitution says that the president actually is, or is supposed to be.