Though we kinda already figured Dr. Ben Carson was out of the running to be Donald Trump’s running mate, given his well-publicized role in vetting potential VPs, the neurosurgeon’s comments this morning are nonetheless striking.
With two words, the former presidential candidate has declared, in no uncertain terms, how he feels about being the presumptive nominee’s running mate — or serving in any public post, for that matter — calling it “extremely undesirable.”
Via The Hill:
Former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on Monday said he no longer has interest in public office, including becoming presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump’s running mate.
“This is something that is extremely undesirable to me, as is any government post, quite frankly,” he said on CNN’s “New Day.” “I have no intention of running for office. I believe that citizen statesmen can work from outside the government in a capacity where they contribute to the well-being of the country.”Carson also disputed media reports of who else Trump is considering for his ticket heading into the general election this fall. “Any name you’re going to throw out, I’ll say, ‘yeah sure,’” he told host Chris Cuomo. “That doesn’t mean they’re under consideration or that they’re on the short list.
“I’m not going to get into that. I’ve already made my suggestions and had the conversations. My involvement is continuing to make sure that Donald Trump’s candidacy is successful and more importantly that America is successful.”
Carson on Sunday reportedly listed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Ted Cruz (Texas) — all four of whom ran for president this cycle — and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as Trump’s potential vice presidential picks.
He blasted the media’s reporting on Monday, arguing that the incident is the latest in a long line of inaccurate coverage concerning Trump.
“There are clearly people who have an agenda,” he said of journalists. “They will clearly take things you’ve said and distort or overblow them. It’s absurd.”
“People know that, and it’s one of the reasons that the American people don’t trust the media as much as they used to,” added Carson, who suspended his own White House run in March.
Whatever your own personal feelings about Dr. Carson as presidential material, his clear disinterest in serving in a government post after so recently running a serious campaign for the presidential nomination, should be disheartening to Americans. Hard not to connect the dots between his comments on the extreme undesirability of public office and his criticism of the media. When you see some of the ridiculous attacks and “gotcha” attempts wrought by the liberal media on conservative candidates, it’s a wonder any sane conservative would run for office.
It’s exactly how we end up with career politicians, whose primary interest is holding onto their positions and power, rather than serving the people and preserving the republic.
To quote the Donald: Sad!
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]