Dr. Ben Carson said a decision about whether he will seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 will be coming in spring. Carson, an author and retired neurosurgeon, added he was studying the issues that a candidate for president would need to know.
"I will announce before March, before May 1st," Carson said on NewsMaxTV's America's Forum on Friday. "I would just say that I am listening extremely carefully. I don't want to do something that the American people do not want me to do."
Earlier in the interview Carson said he was "thinking very seriously, listening to people, and will make a decision in a few months," adding he was "acquiring" the knowledge needed to run for president.
Carson had previously said "the chances are reasonably good" of him running for president.
"I think the chances are reasonably good of that happening. I'm waiting obviously for a few more months. I want to make sure that it is clearly something my fellow Americans want me to do and I'm also waiting to see what the results are in November," Carson told conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt on his program in September."If the people do indicate that they truly do want a nation that is for, of, and by the people then I along with what I hope will be many other people will be willing to give it everything we possibly have," Carson added.
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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