During his Friday keynote speech at the Conservative Political Action Committee, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson bowed to the inevitable and announced that he was leaving the campaign trail.
Carson called on leaders to return to the values of the Constitution. “And I’m hopeful that maybe some people, now that I am leaving the campaign trail…” he began. The audience reacted with disappointed groans, but rose to give Carson an appreciative standing ovation.
“Thank you very much. You know there’s a lot of people who love me, they just won’t vote for me. It’s okay!” he joked to laughter.
The announcement comes after Carson’s decision Wednesday not to attend the Fox News Republican debate, saying he did not see a path forward. Earlier in the day, Carson accepted a job with My Faith Votes, a nonprofit aiming to drive social conservatives to the polls.
Despite the news, Carson never lost his stride, continuing to give a speech bashing Hillary Clinton and her “Alinskyite” tactics, and hinting that he would soon endorsement someone who espoused a compassionate form of conservatism.
Watch above, via CSPAN.
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