Although Dr. Ben Carson said that he’s remaining in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, his campaign noted that Carson, as of yet, has been unable to ferret out a clear “path to victory.”
“Well, we clearly don’t know. We don’t have a well defined path to victory,” Carson campaign chairman Bob Dees told the Washington Examiner Tuesday in an interview. “But we think the opportunity still exists for people to wake up and that’s what we’re hoping.”
He told the Examiner that this was nothing new in politics.
“Thomas Jefferson talked about that. He said that democracy depends on well-informed voters,” Dees continued. “He also said that he thought America would go down this path and the people would be manipulated [but] just before it was too late, people would wake up and regain their senses and start doing the right thing. We are hopeful that that occurs, and that along the way, people start doing the right thing.”
The Examiner reported:
Those comments came only hours after Carson appeared on multiple morning shows and declared that he is staying in the race no matter the results on Super Tuesday, when 11 states and 595 delegates are up for grabs on the Republican side.
There is already speculation that Carson will drop after Tuesday voting. Carson’s longtime aide, Armstrong Williams, told the Washington Post last week that “the voters have spoken pretty clearly” in the early voting states and that Carson will need to make a decision about his campaign “sooner rather than later.”
During an appearance Tuesday morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” the retired pediatric neurosurgeon said Republican leaders have suggested that he suspend his campaign. Expanding on that, Dees added that large donors to GOP super PACs have “pressured” him to withdraw from the race.
“That’s been very tangible. It’s been several … two groups of billionaire types of folks that have pressured him,” Dees told the Examiner. “People that drive super PAC activity and other endeavors and, in fact, there was even discussion of a, well, we can help with the Florida [U.S.] Senate seat if he’ll just agree to do what we’d like you to do or support our guy, drop out, etc.”
Dees said the pressure and requests to suspend the campaign had the opposite effect on Carson.
“As you know … requests like that to subvert the system really galvanize him further and really substantiate the premise of which he’s in this race to start with,” Dees added.
Here’s Carson’s Tuesday “Morning Joe” appearance via MSNBC.
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