Dr. Ben Carson is blasting out a video this weekend as an introduction to voters, fueling speculation that he’ll be the first to announce his 2016 presidential candidacy.
The Hill reports that the 40 minute-long documentary titled “A Breath of Fresh Air: A New Prescription for America,” crafted by commentator Armstrong Williams, will air in 22 states and Washington, D.C., after “well-watched” programs on Sunday including the political talk shows and football.
Carson has been paving the way for a run, including recently switching his party registration from Independent to Republican.
His political action committee, the USA First PAC, was created in time to make its mark in the midterms.
Carson notably endorsed and campaigned for Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) versus Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), instead of Tea Party candidate and Sarah Palin favorite Rob Maness. The candidacy of Maness pushed Cassidy and Landrieu to a Dec. 6 runoff.
Cassidy was one of “Ben’s Ten” endorsed by his PAC; the list also included Iowa Sen.-elect Joni Ernst.
The others were well-established picks: former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown in New Hampshire, Monica Wehby in Oregon, Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), former Attorney General Dan Sullivan in Alaska, Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Rep. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), and North Carolina Speaker of the House Thom Tillis.
Scott, Cotton, Gardner, Daines and Tillis won their Senate races; Sullivan finished ahead in Alaska but Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) has not yet conceded.
Carson also published a new book last month, One Vote: Make Your Voice Heard.
The Democratic National Committee immediately jumped on the news:
Welcome to the 2016 Presidential race, Ben Carson. We’re looking forward to this. pic.twitter.com/DAFnEcA4J0
— The Democrats (@TheDemocrats) November 6, 2014