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Ben Carson: Running for office not ‘at the top of my agenda’

Dr. Ben Carson said in an interview Wednesday that he's not preparing to run for political office but suggested that he might be called to one day.

"It's not something that is at the top of my agenda," Carson told "Fox and Friends." "My agenda is to encourage the discussion, encourage openness, and hopefully get to a point where we stop getting into corners and firing at each other and acting like third-graders."

Carson then left himself plenty of wiggle room.

"If God has other plans for me, he certainly will manifest those, but I don't expect that to happen any time in the near future," he said. "It's a long time before the next election."

While Carson says he's not planning on a presidential run right now, he seems to be having fun with the speculation, alluding to it twice during an appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference last Saturday. Carson also announced his retirement from his medical practice, which has only served to up the speculation that he could run for president in 2016.

Carson said his new platform was not part of his "master plan" and that he's not deliberately ramping up for a presidential bid.

"Quite coincidentally, toward the end of my career, I was asked to give this talk," he said. "Sometimes things happen that you don't control."

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.



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