Dr. Ben Carson seemed to drop several major hints about his political future in a speech to conservative activists Saturday morning, including with a hypothetical, “say you magically put me into the White House.”
The remark brought cheering audience members at the Conservative Political Action Conference to their feet and prompted a laughing Carson to put up his hands and say, “I take it back.”
The neurosurgeon, who shot to political fame after his headline-grabbing speech at the National Prayer Breakfast last month, had been talking about what he would do if he were trying to destroy the country: create division among citizens, create a culture of ridiculing morality and undermine the nation’s financial stability.
“It appears coincidentally that those are the things that are happening right now, and the question is how do we stop it?” Carson said.
During a Q&A after his speech, Carson said he was leaving medicine in 106 days to focus on other things. He has previously said he would retire this summer. He told CPAC attendees he wants to go out while still at the top of his game.
“There’s so many more things that can be done,” Carson said, adding that he is very dedicated to educating the next generation.
“Once we get that taken care of, who knows what I might do?” Carson said.
Carson’s full speech is below; his remarks begin at the 21:00 mark.
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