- Sep 3, 2011
Read more at http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/Decoder/2015/1015/Ben-Carson-drops-campaign-for-book-tour.-Will-it-hurt-his-pollsBen Carson is hot, politically speaking. He’s jumped to second place in the GOP polls, just behind Donald Trump. One recent Fox survey has him trailing The Donald by only one percentage point – a virtual tie.
Yes, he’s said some controversial things in recent weeks. But those inflammatory remarks, such as his comment that a Muslim shouldn’t be president, don’t seem to be bothering core supporters. With his compelling resume and a demonstrated appeal to evangelical voters, he’s well-positioned to hold his current slice of the GOP electorate and perhaps add to it in months to come.
But Mr. Carson isn’t getting ready to kick his campaign up a notch. To the contrary. He’s put overt political appearances on hold until Oct. 28 so he can go on a book tour to sell copies of his new tome, “A More Perfect Union," and catch up on fundraising events.
It would seem that Trump isn't the only one using the Republican primaries to get publicity.