Ben Carson to speak at CPAC
February 27th, 2013
01:57 PM ET
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Ben Carson to speak at CPAC

(CNN) – Dr. Benjamin Carson, who made headlines for making political statements during his keynote address at the National Prayer Breakfast, will speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

"Dr. Ben Carson represents the optimism and hope of the future of the conservative movement, while at the same time he articulates the deep fiscal and social challenges that our nation faces," said Al Cardenas, chairman of the American Conservative Union, the group that sponsors the annual gathering.

Carson became a conservative favorite when he indirectly criticized tax policies and health care reform while President Obama sat just feet from him at the prayer breakfast earlier this month.

"When I pick up my Bible, you know what I see? I see the fairest individual in the universe, God, and he's given us a system. It's called tithe. Now we don't necessarily have to do 10%, but it's the principle," Carson said, adding that the progressive tax system is the "kind of thinking that has resulted in 602 banks in the Cayman Islands."

"That money needs to be back here building our infrastructure and creating jobs," he said.

Carson, a renowned pediatric neurosurgeon, also lamented the idea of government-funded health insurance.

"Here's my solution. When a person is born, give him a birth certificate, an electronic medical record and a health savings account [HSA], to which money can be contributed, pre-tax from the time you are born, to the time you die. When you die, you can pass it on to your family members," he said.

"For the people who are indigent, who don't have any money, we can make contributions to their HSA each month because we already have this huge pot of money instead of sending it to bureaucracy – let's put it into HSAs," he added. "Now they have some control over their own health care and what do you think they're going to do? They're going to learn very quickly how to be responsible."

Carson's comments quickly won favor among many conservative blogs and news outlets.

– CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.


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  1. The NRA is a T e r r o r i st organisation....

    This idiot Ben Carson is advocating govt dependency Health Care plan........fron craddle to grave and you call him a doctor and a hero of the conservative movement?!!!

    All he's interested in is just making more profits for doctors, drug companies & health insurance companies!!!!

    February 27, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "Can anyone please share the list of the Cuts that the President has offered? I'd like to review those..
    -----–
    Have you tried simply looking at the White House web site? It's been up there for weeks already.

    Right wing media just doesn't want to tell you about it. They would rather justify their lack of a specific plan to cut spending by telling you that the Pres. doesn't have a plan. It's called misdirection and projection, BTW.
    "

    The whole MSM doesn't want to tell you about it. They're all so hellbent on creating a false equivalence narrative that they have literally begun lamenting that Obama isn't doing this or isn't saying that when he quite clearly has done and said both. Just look at Iglesias' recent piece that essentially attempts to set forth an argument that Obama is failing to lead because he should be trying to push a balanced approach that includes both spending cuts and revenue. Nevermind that Obama's been offering that to the GOP for 2+ years now. No no..."He hasn't been doing and saying what he's been doing and saying for 2 years." The MSM's willful ignorance, whitewashing of the GOP/Teatrolls' BS, and deliberate misinforming of the public is freekin psychotic.

    February 27, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  3. Wake up People!

    With all due respect Dr. Carson. Please shut up. You are nothing more than a token. How can you respect a party of people that hate others that look like you? Don't you know had you been the candidate for POTUS, they would have said the exact same things they said about President Obama about you. In 2016 they won't care about the black vote because there won't be a Barack Obama.

    I have to give it to President Obama, he definitely made the republikkkans come out from under their sheets........

    February 27, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @DENNA
    The GOP climbed, grudgingly, on the bandwagon when President Obama was elected, then reelected. Heck, this time, the GOP is even beginning to see the wisdom courting the Hispanic vote.
    -------------------------------------------------
    Denna the GOP didn't climb on any bandwagon, they did however THROW a couple of Blacks on said bandwagon to denigrate and berate President Obama. They made extra sure that they stayed off the bandwagon lest their crazies, the Teapers, Teatrolls, Teatards came out to lynch them poltically and cut them off financially.
    Insofar courting the Hispanic vote let me just say that that courtship is only taking place in their fevered minds. In reality and as far as us Latinos are concerned we haven't even had a first date; matter of fact we're NOT taking their phone calls....well maybe to laugh at them before we hang up.
    Love your posts by the way.

    February 27, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    freedom wrote:

    Awesome ! As I read somewhere recently – it takes a brain surgeon to run this country.
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    But all it takes is a skilled carnival barker to lead the right wing.

    February 27, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "With all due respect, Dr. Carson, when Barack Obama goes away, so will any hope for blacks in the Republican party. The GOP climbed, grudgingly, on the bandwagon when President Obama was elected, then reelected. Heck, this time, the GOP is even beginning to see the wisdom courting the Hispanic vote."

    Actually, it's all much simpler than that. The GOP/Teatrolls' sudden love afair with minority voters will end on a very specific date: the day the 5 conservatives on the SCOTUS strike down the VRA Section 5. Watch. I'm willing to be my left arm that states like TX already have voter ID laws, redistricting plans and legislation that manipulates the electoral college ready to pass the very next day.

    February 27, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. The NRA is a T e r r o r i st organisation....

    He is everything that Obama is NOT.

    Barack Obama is the president of the United States, and he was voted in twice by the American people!..............and who is this idiot Ben Carson again?...a lap dog for the Teabagging NUT JOB!!! LOL

    February 27, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  8. just sayin

    Mary Leeper
    I have always respected Dr. Carson, I have his book, attended his speeches, and enjoyed his life's movie. But, I believe I am losing my respect for him, now that I see that he is part of the Teabaggers. At least thats the way he sounds. How sickening He was one of my heroes!
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    you could always give up the koolaide instead.

    February 27, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  9. tony

    This guy is nothing more than a judas who already got his 30 pieces of silver to sell the American people out.

    February 27, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  10. yanni

    "When a person is born, give him a birth certificate, an electronic medical record and a health savings account [HSA], to which money can be contributed, pre-tax from the time you are born, to the time you die." what will happen a chiled born with needed medical attention or got sick one his scond day? How much will have on his saving account?

    February 27, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  11. ang

    Great! I never watch CPAC, but I will this year. Dr. Carson is a brilliant brain surgeon and wonderful humanitarian. For those of you who are so quick to disparage this man, please do a little research before coming to a final conclusion about this great man.

    February 27, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  12. Anthony

    Dr. Benjamin Carson is the new Herman Cain, except that he also supports health savings accounts. When a successful black person talks like a conservative, conservatives will swoon over him, just like they did for Herman Cain. Does Dr. Carson have a real chance of leading the Republican Party? Don't kid yourself.

    February 27, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Wake up People!

    With all due respect Dr. Carson. Please shut up. You are nothing more than a token. How can you respect a party of people that hate others that look like you? Don't you know had you been the candidate for POTUS, they would have said the exact same things they said about President Obama about you. In 2016 they won't care about the black vote because there won't be a Barack Obama
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    And THAT'S the truth good doctor, wake up and smell the set-up. Does the name Michael Steele mean anything to you? I wish I could throw another name at you that belonged to a prominent Black person in the GOPee but there really aren't any, are there? Oh yes they dust off Alfred E. Newman's black twin Condoleeza and parade her at a convention or photo op every once in a while but someone really viable and with pull? Nope. Not in the GOP. They are trying their best to somehow, some way without too much fallout disown Ge. Colin Powell.
    You get the x-ray doc?
    Big dummy.

    February 27, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
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