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Benjamin Solomon Carson, Sr.
Ben Carson formally exploring run for president
Ben Carson formally exploring run for president

WASHINGTON -- Retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who has become a star among conservative Republicans, announced Tuesday he is formally exploring a run for president in 2016. Carson is among the first to take the step of setting up a formal exploratory committee that would allow him to raise money in preparation for a run — and to transfer some of that money to his campaign if he ultimately decides to get in. Carson quickly developed a national following after criticizing President Barack Obama's health care law at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. Carson, who is 63, retired from Hopkins in 2013 after a distinguished career in neurosurgery....