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This Isn’t Normal: Ben Carson Suspends Campaign for a Book Tour (UPDATED)

(See update below.)

“Why aren’t you taking Ben Carson’s presidential campaign seriously?” demanded the angry Carson fans, right before he announced he was putting all public campaign events on hold for a two-week book tour. 

Republican presidential contender Dr. Ben Carson has put his public campaign events on hold for two more weeks to go on book tour for his new tome “A More Perfect Union” and catch up on fundraising events.

The campaign has been careful to separate campaign events and the book tour, and doesn’t want to classify the tour as related to the campaign in any way.

This week he is catching up on fundraising events and will be back on his book tour next week making stops in Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa. So for the next two weeks, Carson won’t be appearing at any public “campaign events.”

Who chooses to stop doing public campaign events just as they catch up to the frontr unner?

The man has already written and sold a lot of books. (His presidential memoir would be a good seller, too!) Why on earth would any serious candidate for president decide to stop campaigning at a moment like this for some book-signings and readings?

Will he skip any campaign events next year for the paperback version?

UPDATE: Ying Ma, the deputy communications director for the Ben Carson campaign, tells me that “rumors about Dr. Ben Carson suspending his campaign are all nonsense. We will be holding multiple fundraisers and public/semi-public events between now and the next GOP debate.”

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