DES MOINES, Iowa - Doctor Ben Carson cracked a joke about Iowa and its corn during his inaugural visit to the state Sunday. Carson headlined the Summer Sizzle and Straw Poll event at the Izaak Walton League in Des Moines.
Carson is a retired neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins and a best-selling conservative author. However, at previous events he’s considered adding more to his plate. He’s mentioned a possible run for president in 2016. He made no mention of that during his speech to about 250 republicans Sunday evening.
He did talk about the importance of thinking more of a candidate than just his or her political party. He hopes Iowans focus on what a candidate stands for while taking that to the voting booths.
“In the last presidential election, 93 - million eligible voters did not vote. That’s more than who voted for either candidate. What were going to have to do is to make it our own personal project to get in touch with those people,” says Carson.
Other GOP elected officials also spoke at the event.