The PJ Tatler

The Ben Carson Candidacy: What Distinguishes Him Aside from Race?

Dr. Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who has rode a wave of favor among conservative activists since lambasting the welfare state mere feet from President Barack Obama at a 2013 National Prayer Breakfast, will announce his candidacy for president Monday night from Detroit. Carson’s brand has emerged from his rags-to-riches story of personal success, a tale enhanced by his racial background in the context of the first African-American presidency and increasing racial unrest throughout the nation.

However, on paper, Carson’s expressed ideology and policy positions could be interchanged with any establishment Republican. From the Associated Press:

Carson is a staunch social conservative, opposing abortion rights and same-sex marriage, views he attributes to his personal faith as a practicing Christian.

He has more complex views on health care and foreign policy, including statements that could put him at odds with the most conservative branches of his party.

Would this candidacy exist but for Carson’s race? Would a white candidate with Carson’s resume and experience be considered a viable presidential candidate? Are you excited about a Carson run? Comment below.