On Tuesday, Dr. Ben Carson announced that he has launched his presidential exploratory committee.
"With the launch of this website, I formally establish what is called a presidential exploratory committee to examine whether I should become a candidate for president of the United States.
"In so doing, I very much need and look forward to your feedback and help.
"If I run for president, it will be because I know what it's like to grow up in a tough neighborhood and feel marginalized. If I run, it will be because I know firsthand that quality education is the ladder to climb out of poverty and dependence," Dr. Carson said.
"In every aspect of Dr. Carson's life, he has exemplified true leadership. Overcoming dire poverty in his youth to become head of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Carson is uniquely situated to understand the needs and hopes of all Americans. His undeniable abilities and extraordinary life experiences drive his passion to ensure that, through hard work and perseverance, the American dream remains attainable to all.
"For the next few months, Dr. Carson looks forward to listening to the American people to gauge support for a presidential candidacy," Terry Giles, Carson's likely campaign chief, said.