Why is Ben Carson toying with a 2016 run?

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The famous pediatric neurosurgeon and bestselling conservative author tours Iowa to raise money for local Republicans. The visit coincides with the start of his new PAC, which will “lay the groundwork” should he decide to make a longshot bid for the presidency.

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