THE PER­SIS­TENT CALL FOR BEN CAR­SON

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They in­sist he is a “cit­i­zen states­man,” a trust­wor­thy, Rea­ganesque com­mu­ni­ca­tor and a “sure win­ner.” That would be the Na­tional Draft Ben Car­son for Pres­i­dent Com­mit­tee, which has launched a spate of elec­tronic bill­boards in Iowa and Mary­land to make their point about the re­tired pe­di­atric neu­ro­sur­geon who drew na­tional at­ten­tion fol­low­ing a speech he gave less than a year ago at the Na­tional Prayer Break­fast.

Among the per­sua­sive new mes­sages blink­ing at passersby: “To Heal Our Coun­try: Run, Ben, Run,” and “Sick of Pol­i­tics As Usual,” this ac­cord­ing to John Philip Sousa IV, chair­man of the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Dr. Car­son is not af­fil­i­ated with the group. But he’s al­lowed there is room in his life for pol­i­tics, should the call come. More than 200,000 have signed the group’s pe­ti­tion that they are “clam­or­ing” for him to con­sider White House cam­paign; find the pe­ti­tion here: Run­ben­run.org.

Mitt Rom­ney

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