Ben Carson, M.D., is a former Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He has since retired from medical practice. Although he received greater exposure with the television movie "Gifted Hands" which starred Cuba Gooding, Jr, he came to national attention for his remarks at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast.
- favors charter schools as part of a school choice program, saying that competition keeps schools from becoming complacent. 
His remarks were seen as criticizing President Obama, and made him the highest-profile black man to engage in such criticism.