A black, conservative activist and political pundit is concerned that renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson could face the same fate as a previous black, conservative presidential hopeful if he enters the 2016 presidential race.
In an ad published in The Weekly Standard, the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee cites polls from Fox News and The Des Moines Register that show the retired neurosurgeon at the top. The ad also claims that if Carson receives just 17 percent of the black vote, he wins every swing state and marches right into the White House.
But many political pundits are skeptical that Carson, a political novice, has the political experience to run for the top office in the land.
Horace Cooper, a former constitutional law professor and a spokesman for the Project 21 Black Leadership Network, says one only has to look at the failed 2012 presidential campaign of another conservative black.
“Herman Cain is an example of the enthusiasm that could lead to someone getting support,” he notes. “But because Herman Cain hadn’t held office before, he also is an example of how if you get mud thrown at you, you end up getting out of the race because you haven’t had the experience to understand what’s coming at you and how to deal with it.”
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