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Carson for Senate? 'I just don't think I would fit'

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Ben Carson’s impending retirement from Johns Hopkins and ramped-up political profile (provocative speeches on policy at the National Prayer Breakfast and CPAC) have Republicans salivating for “Carson in 2014.” But as I reported in my Detroit News column today, Carson has been cool to the idea of running for office. He splashed more cold water on the idea in an interview with Larry Kudlow Monday night.

“No,” he responded when Kudlow asked him directly about running for Carl Levin’s open Michigan Senate seat in 2014.

“People keep trying to put me into politics, and I really don’t want to do it,” the Detroit native continued on The Kudlow Report. “I don’t think I really fit the mold. I don’t believe in political correctness. And I certainly don’t believe in getting into bed with special-interest groups. I just don’t think I would fit.”

He sounds more inclined for the TV circuit, where he could reach millions with his message.

“I enjoy television,” he continued, “because I think it is a way to be able to reach the largest number of individuals. And I think we’re in a situation in our country right now where we need . . . reasoned voices to help educate people.”

Watch the full interview here:

Henry Payne
Henry Payne is the auto critic for The Detroit News. A 25-year newspaper veteran, Payne is also a Pulitzer Prize-nominated cartoonist with United Feature Syndicate, a former columnist and editorial writer for The News, and a contributor to The Wall Street Journal, New York Post, and other publications. His auto reviews appear every Thursday in the Drive section.