Ben Carson, M.D., is a widely admired conservative who is an official candidate for the Republican nomination for president in 2016. Carson finished a strong fourth in the CPAC straw poll in 2015. Carson is one of the few -- and perhaps the only -- presidential candidate willing to speak the truth against the homosexual agenda.
He is a former Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He has since retired from medical practice. Carson rose to national political attention for his remarks criticizing Obama at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast. Carson had previously received publicity for being portrayed in the television movie Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story, which starred Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Among many conservative positions, Carson favors charter schools as part of a school choice program, saying that competition keeps schools from becoming complacent.