Ben Carson 2016 presidential campaign

United States political campaign

The 2016 presidential campaign of Dr. Ben Carson, a pediatric neurosurgeon and bestselling author, was announced May 3, 2015 in an interview with a local television station in Cincinnati, Ohio. He formally announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination in the 2016 Presidential election at a rally in his hometown of Detroit on May 4, 2015.[3]

Ben Carson for President
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CampaignU.S. presidential election, 2016
CandidateBen Carson
AffiliationRepublican Party
StatusAnnounced May 3, 2015
Suspended March 4, 2016
Headquarters1800 Diagonal Rd., Ste. 140
Alexandria, Virginia[1]
Key peopleBarry Bennet (Campaign Manager)
Ed Brookover (Senior Strategist)
Doug Watts (Communications Director)
Deana Bass (Press Secretary)
Amy Pass (National Finance Director)
Michael Brown (National Political Director)
Don Green (Head Researcher)
ReceiptsUS$10,642,242 (2015-06-30[2])
Slogan" Heal + Inspire + Revive "

On March 4, 2016, Carson suspended his presidential campaign.[4]


He was a featured speaker at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), and tied for seventh place in the Washington Times/CPAC 2013 Straw Poll with 4% of the 3,000 ballots cast.[5][6]

In the 2014 CPAC straw poll, he came in third place with 9% of the vote, behind senators Ted Cruz of Texas (with 11%) and Rand Paul of Kentucky (31%).[7] In the 2015 CPAC poll, Carson came in fourth behind Paul, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, and Cruz with 11.4%.[8]


In an interview with a local television station in Cincinnati, Ohio on May 3, 2015, Carson officially announced his candidacy for President of the United States. He held a rally in Detroit, his hometown, on May 4, 2015 as the launch of his campaign.[9] At the event, he announced his campaign team which included his Campaign manager, Barry Bennett.[10]


  1. "Details for Committee ID : C00573519". Federal Election Commission. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  2. "Candidate (P60005915) Summary Reports – 2016 Cycle". Federal Election Commission. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  3. Katie, Glueck (April 14, 2015). "Ben Carson to announce 2016 intentions in Detroit on May 4". Politico. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  4. "Ben Carson Suspends 2016 Presidential Campaign at CPAC". NBC Retrieved March 4, 2016.
  5. "Dr. Ben Carson will speak at CPAC after stealing spotlight from President Obama". Washington Times. 2013-02-27. Retrieved 2013-05-20.
  6. Kilar, Steve (2013-03-17). "Dr. Ben Carson announces his retirement, hints at political future". Retrieved 2013-05-20.
  7. Stephen Dinan (8 March 2014). "Rand Paul wins 2014 CPAC straw poll". The Washington Times. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  8. Ben Schreckinger (February 28, 2015). "Rand Paul wins CPAC straw poll, with Scott Walker right behind". POLITICO.
  9. Sinclair Broadcast Group. "Ben Carson announces his run for President". Local 12 WKRC-TV Cincinnati.
  10. Glueck, Katie (May 4, 2015). "The power players behind Ben Carson's campaign". Politico. Retrieved 5 May 2015.