Ithaca, N.Y. — Dr. Ben Carson, a prominent pediatric neurosurgeon being discussed as a possible Republican contender for president in 2016, will speak at Cornell on Tuesday, April 21.


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The Cornell Republicans announced the upcoming speech on Tuesday. Carson has openly said he is considering a long-shot run at the Republican presidential nomination.

The speech will be free and open to the public.

Adds Casey Breznick of the Cornell Review:

Carson stands out among the crowded 2016 field as a political outsider, having never held political office or occupation other than physician (and speaker and author). He is a staunch social conservative too in regards to gay marriage and abortion, which appeals to the conservative base but many not bode well for him if he does want to seriously contend in 2016

The Cornell Daily Sun’s Andrew Lord also reported on the speech and talked to Brandon Thompson, chair of the Cornell Republicans:

The Cornell Republicans invited Carson to speak because of his “world-class” accomplishments, according to Thompson.

“Very few people can claim to have been at the top of two highly competitive and influential fields, yet Dr. Carson has done this in both neurosurgery and politics,” Thompson said. “He is an inspiration for tens of thousands of Americans and a powerful example of perseverance, overcoming adversity and living the American dream.”

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.