Many folks were surprised last week when the soft-spoken, thoughtful Dr. Ben Carson gave his endorsement to his polar opposite, Donald Trump. At least superficially, it doesn’t seem as though you could find two men more different.
Yet, Dr. Carson said the two men bonded over their shared status as outsiders who had flummoxed the media and party elites. Both also shared a strong distaste for being politically correct. The connection grew stronger as they crossed paths at subsequent debates, as reported by MSN.com.
Carson says he’s fully supporting Trump because he’s incensed by the efforts of the mainstream Republicans seeking to derail the GOP front-runner with millions of dollars’ worth of attack ads.
“The key thing for me was recognizing that the political establishment was pulling out all the stops to try to stop Trump,” Carson said. “It seems to me that’s thwarting the will of the people. The people are the ones who are supposed to make the decision.”
Of course, Ted Cruz is no friend of the GOP establishment either. In demeanor and presentation he’s much more like Carson — and is equally outspoken open about his faith. So why didn’t Carson endorse him?
“I think it would be very difficult to convince the independents and Democrats to come over and support him,” Carson said.
Carson said his decision not to support Cruz had nothing to do with the Texas senator’s campaign circulating a false story about him dropping out of the race before the Iowa caucuses.
In fact, Cruz was Carson’s second choice.
But Carson said he doesn’t think Cruz has appeal beyond a narrow slice of the Republican base.
“I just did not get the impression that Cruz would have the ability to draw in a lot of people other than hardcore conservatives,” he said. “I’m not sure you can win that way. You’ve got to be able to expand. The country has changed and we have to change with it.”
It’s a measured, thoughtful opinion — exactly what we’d expect from the good doctor. it remains to be seen whether or not he’s right.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]