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Ben Carson Explains Why His Campaign Is Still in the Presidential Race

In a recent op-ed for Fox News, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson shares why he intends to stay in the race. He starts by writing:

"It seems to get nastier at every turn, as campaign flacks dressed up as journalists line up to savage candidates whose campaigns they see as a threat to their preferred politician. Some have even gone so far as to question my faith, integrity or party loyalty because I won’t kowtow to their demands to step away from the primary process."

He then explains how pundits and political operatives "salivate" over polling percentages when someone is called to drop out. He argues that this is the reason may voters are turned off by the political system they support. Then, Carson states that is why he is running because he was drafted by hundreds of thousands of supporters.

He writes, "They do not belong to my campaign. On the contrary, my campaign is beholden to them. However, the gears that turn the political machine no longer recognize 'We the People.' Instead they see a mass of voters to be prodded, lured or strong-armed into their camp."

As he continues, he shares that his goal is to restore "the principles of self-government by running as a true citizen-statesman who is accountable to all and beholden to none." He continues to write, "Our nation is best served when the people have free choice. If a reporter wants to change a person’s vote, they should give him or her a compelling reason, not take away their options."

Then he shares some of the nation's problems that need to be addressed such as the federal debt, weak economy, national security and increasing threat of ISIS.

He says, "It’s not vanity that drew me into this race. Like so many people across the country, my interest in this election comes from a deep concern over the future of our country."

He concluded his post with, "Many are starting to take a stand, refusing to allow the pundits and political class to continue to manipulate them, seeking instead to preserve life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all."

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