Carson: 'Thousands & Thousands' of Americans Urging Me to Run in 2016
Dr. Ben Carson talked about establishing a presidential exploratory committee for the 2016 election today on "The O'Reilly Factor."
"We are officially launching our exploratory committee," Carson told Bill O'Reilly. "That means we have put in motion the staffing and the mechanism to explore to see if me running for president in 2016 is a viable thing."
Carson stated that he's hired about a dozen people who are working from Alexandria, Va., to conduct polling and focus groups to see if he has enough support to run for president.
"Over the next couple of months, we'll have an opportunity," Carson said. "I've been running into thousands and thousands of people who say, 'Please do this, and we're going to support you.' So now I have a chance to see if that's going to happen."
O'Reilly noted that Carson's already campaigning now since he spoke at CPAC and has conducted several paid speaking engagements all over the country.
"The paid speeches are rapidly tapering off because I stopped accepting those months ago," Carson said. "The fact of the matter is, you know we have tremendous popular support."
"The Factor" host remarked that if Carson does run for president, he would be "one of the rare people in American history to come out of a profession of medicine with no political experience and then vault into the Oval Office."
Carson remarked that he thinks he can do it.
"I think it's imminently possible," Carson said. "There are dozens of people who spent their whole lives in politics, who I'm sure many people would not want to be in that position. The fact of the matter is, I think what the American people are looking for is somebody who understands that the people are at the pinnacle. And the government should respond to the people, someone who understands the Constitution thoroughly."
Carson said that he would be disappointed if he wasn't attacked by fellow presidential candidate contenders.
"That would mean I wasn't getting close to their nest," he said jokingly.
Watch the video above to hear more from Carson on "The O'Reilly Factor."