DES MOINES, Iowa - His name is growing in popularity across the country and across the state and on Saturday Dr. Ben Carson was back in Des Moines for the second time since August. He spoke tonight at the “Celebrate the Family” dinner event hosted by The Family Leader.
The retired neuro surgeon confirms he's thinking about running for president in 2016 but didn’t go into detail during his speech. Carson spoke for 45 minutes on several issues; faith and government, health and education. He says, “Really the thing that is going to save America, is going to be the people, the faith, the people with principles and the people who are willing to stand up for what they believe in.” He also stressed to the crowd, why he is not politically correct saying “muzzling what people say is un-American.”
Among the crowd of supporters, the “National Draft Ben Carson Committee” was petitioning. The committee has collected more than 400,000 names of people who are encouraging Carson to run for president. Carson is already becoming well-known because of a bestselling book but the draft Carson movement is helping spreading that awareness.
“We've had people come out of the woodwork wanting to help. We have over 130 people who have signed on in all 99 counties to be precinct chairs and county chairs for the draft Ben Carson movement,” says state co – chair, Christie Taylor.
Officials say there were more than 750 supports at the event.