Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson addressed concern over his lack of political experience in a late-night Facebook post on Nov. 4, saying if experience is all people are concerned about then he “cannot be your candidate.”
“You are absolutely right — I have no political experience,” Carson wrote.
“Every signer of the Declaration of Independence had no federal elected office experience. What they had was a deep belief that freedom is a gift from God. They had a determination to rise up against a tyrannical King. They were willing to risk all they had, even their lives, to be free. Today we find ourselves with an entire class of politicians.”
Carson went on to defend his lack of experience, saying that the political class “stands in the way” instead of standing “for the people.”
“I do not have political experience, I have a life journey. A journey that not only made it possible for me to relate to so many different people, but also one where time and time again I was told I would fail, only to succeed. My candidacy is different, that I grant you,” he wrote.
“I have neither Donald Trump’s money or [former Florida Gov.] Jeb Bush’s political network. However, I wouldn't trade a single child I treated for all of Trump’s money. While I admire the Bush family’s dedication to service, I too served — nights, weekends, holidays, birthdays and anniversaries with severely injured patients were my public service.”
The retired neurosurgeon ended his post by saying his candidacy was “testament to the greatness of America.”
“If all you want is political experience then I cannot be your candidate,” he said. “Thank you for staying up with me.”