Native Detroiter Ben Carson announces formation of Presidential Exploratory Committee

Carson is the first high-profile Republican candidate to announce he's forming a presidential campaign.

"I spent a lot of time in this part of Detroit," said Dr. Ben Carson last summer back in his hometown of Detroit. 

He grew up poor, went to college at Yale, graduated from the University of Michigan College of Medicine and went on to become the head of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. They even made an inspiring television movie about him, but is this impressive resume enough to get him into the White House?

"To make the leap from being a doctor to president, that's a pretty tall order for anybody," said Pollster Steve Mitchell. He's reacting after Dr. Carson officially threw his hat into the ring. 

The 63-year-old Carson first made his political name known when he attended a prayer breakfast back in 2013. He became a conservative grass-roots favorite after he critiqued President Obama comparing the Affordable Care Act to slavery.

"He is a very well-known pediatric neurosurgeon and his credibility on that issue is really unmatched, so I do think that's going to elevate his stature clearly in this race. Now at the end of the day will he win the Republican nomination? That remains to be seen, but there's no question he's going to have an impact," said Republican Strategist Paul Welday.

But with every good campaign there is a need to raise a lot of money. Carson has formed an exploratory committee to see if he can raise the funds to make it happen. Especially when he's competing against popular Republican front runners Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

"He has a lot going for him, but, and the big but here, is he doesn't have a political organization, he doesn't have political experience and he doesn't have a fundraising base which is so fundamental in politics today," said  Mitchell. 

"Where there's a will there's a way. He is very grass-roots driven. I think the people can really identify with him," said Jeanine Kateff, chair of 14th Congressional District . Kateff says Michigan Republicans are excited about Carson who is the only African American expected to enter the race. But he may not be the only Michigander according to Mitchell who says his sources at the capitol believe Governor Rick Snyder has been considering a run. 

"Of course Governor Snyder has been exploring it looking at it his leg problems have prevented him from doing a lot of the exploration that he would have liked to have done," said Mitchell.
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