Dr. Ben Carson to speak at CPAC

Politics,Beltway Confidential,Michal Conger

Dr. Ben Carson, the doctor who made headlines for  challenging President Obama’s economic policies in his keynote speech at the National Prayer Breakfast, will be a featured speaker at the Conservative Political Action Conference, the American Conservative Union announced this morning.

“Dr. Ben Carson represents the optimism and hope of the future of the conservative movement, while at the same time he articulates the deep fiscal and social challenges that our Nation faces,” said ACU Chairman Al Cardenas in a statement. “We look forward to welcoming Dr. Carson to the CPAC stage in March.”

Carson, the director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, was particularly critical of Obamacare in a speech that went viral after the prayer breakfast.

This isn’t Carson’s first time in the limelight. The well-known doctor is also the subject of a 2009 movie, “Gifted Hands,” starring Cuba Gooding Jr, about his rags-to-riches life story. He was also the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2008.

Since his prayer breakfast speech, some have even asked Carson if he would consider a run for president, an idea he says is “up to God.”

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