While many social conservatives have been giddy with excitement about the prospect of renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson hitting the campaign trail for a presidential run in 2016, prominent Columbia University political scientist Fredrick Harris thinks it's a long shot.
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Harris, who directs the Institute for Research in African-American Studies and the Center on African-American Politics and Society in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University, said the prospect was a long shot because the idea of a political novice rising to the most powerful seat in America has no precedent in recent history.
"Dr. Carson is obviously a brilliant man and he has lots of accolades but this is a person who has never held public office. It doesn't make sense to me," said Harris in an interview with The Christian Post on Tuesday.
As celebrated as Carson is, explained Harris, America knows nothing about him apart from what he has revealed in his books. He also said if the Republican Party were to seriously consider Carson as a 2016 presidential candidate, it would only be further evidence of the party's issues with diversity.
"We don't know much about Ben Carson except for his personal biography," said Harris. "When we seriously consider presidential candidates, it shows in my view, the Republican party having to go deep on the bench to broaden their horizon."
On a more positive note, however, Harris said Carson represents many of the social values espoused by the African-American community, but that still isn't enough of a prize to sell the Republican Party to African-Americans.
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SOURCE: Christian Post