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Ben Carson: ‘Absolutely’ Running for President, Starting in May

Acclaimed brain surgeon Ben Carson told Fox News’ Chris Wallace to look for him to announce his presidential candidacy in May.

“I believe that sounds like a reasonable time frame,” Carson said on Fox News Sunday. “Absolutely.” Carson tried to make it sound more tentative when Wallace asked a follow-up question for confirmation, saying that he was taking steps to prepare for the campaign “if I make such an announcement.” But when Wallace invited him back to make the announcement on Fox, Carson said he looks forward to it.

Carson also offered something of the preview of his campaign message while discussing Mitt Romney’s infamous 47 percent comment.

 “[Romney] made one major mistake,” Carson said. “He assumed that they all had the same mentality. They don’t. A lot of people in that 47 percent are very anxious to experience the American dream. What they are looking for is the right mechanism, the pathway out. This is what we have to provide for them, and that’s going to include fixing the economy, which is not going to be that difficult to do, quite frankly. You know, some tax reform, some real tax reform, regulatory reform, you know, utilizing our natural resources the right way. Recognizing that, you know, utilizing fossil fuels is not necessarily exclusive of developing green and renewable energy. We can do more than one thing at one time. There’s a lot of stuff that can be done, but people just make it into a big political issue so that they can win. That’s what it’s all about. They want to win. It’s not about the American people.”

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