Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson launched a bid for the Republican presidential nomination, promising to run a different kind of campaign and proving the point with one of the most unusual campaign launches in recent memory.
The Detroit event featured the candidate’s wife playing violin on “The Star-Spangled Banner,” a gospel choir covering Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” and a men’s vocal group singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from the musical “Carousel,” among other things.
Wearing a headset microphone and speaking with a doctor’s never-varying bedside manner, Carson recounted his troubled childhood, told a few corny jokes, lambasted liberal utopianism, discussed his Christian faith and promised to return the U.S. Constitution “to the top shelf.”
“I’m not a politician,” he said. “I don’t want to be a politician because politicians do what is politically expedient. I want to do what’s right.”