Retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson launched his campaign for the Republican nomination today in his hometown of Detroit. The Hill reports on his announcement:
Ben Carson launched his GOP bid for the White House on Monday by ripping members of both parties and insisting he is the true outsider candidate of 2016.
Carson, a conservative favorite who became a right-wing hero by criticizing President Obama’s policies at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast, took shots at Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and GOP establishment favorite Jeb Bush in a sometimes meandering speech.
He called on voters to look for alternatives to the brand-name candidates the parties are hoisting upon them.
“Stop being loyal to a party or to a man and use your brain,” Carson said. “That is the key to us as a nation to becoming successful again, not allowing ourselves to be manipulated by people who think they’re the kingmakers and the rulers of thought.”
Battling against party insiders is a popular theme on both sides of the aisle, and we can expect Carson to revisit it often on the campaign trail. The Hill notes that Carson is seen as a long shot, but notes that "polling suggests he’s at least within shouting distance in Iowa, where the first-in-the-nation caucuses will be held early next year."
According to one recent poll, from Public Policy Polling, Carson's support in Iowa is currently at 7 percent, ahead of several more established candidates including Chris Christie and Rick Perry and only 1 point behind Ted Cruz.
All in all, not a bad place to start for a longshot.