WASHINGTON — Ben Carson is officially a Republican again, and he’s unofficially running for president.
The conservative physician switched his political affiliation back from independent to the GOP on Election Day, and made no effort to hide the reason why.
“It’s truly a pragmatic move because I have to run in one party or another. If you run as an independent, you only risk splitting the electorate,” Carson told The Washington Times Tuesday, after making the change. “I clearly would not be welcome in the Democratic Party, and so that only leaves one party. Fortunately, the fit is pretty good.”
Carson, the Johns Hopkins surgeon known for his work separating conjoined twins, made waves at the 2013 National Prayer breakfast with a speech criticizing President Obama while the president sat just feet away.
He grew up a Democrat, but was inspired by President Reagan to join the Republican Party. By the time the GOP Congress impeached President Clinton, he said, he was left with a “sour taste” and left the Republicans too.
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