U.S. Presidential hopeful and Republican Ben Carson said on Friday that he is considering an independent run and threatened to leave the Republican Party, accusing it of manipulating the outcome of the Republican nomination for the 2016 Elections.
His accusations come in time when the Republican Party operatives have announced that the Presidential race for the Republican nomination has been very unpredictable and will continue to be as such and because of that they are expecting to have a contested convention in July with delegates to formally elect the Presidential nominee who will represent the party in the general elections.
According to Reuters, Carson accused party officials of planning to rally around a specific candidate of their own choice and push for his nomination, while excluding all the others. While being at a campaign stop in Burlington, Iowa, Carson said “The party should not be doing anything that is deceptive and under the covers.”
A “brokered convention” used to be a common element of American politics in the past and it is used when no single candidate has the necessary amount of nominating delegates to get the Presidential nomination for the general elections. The last convention has been held 60 years ago.
The Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Preibus hosted a dinner party where the Republican race has been discussed and top operatives have mentioned the possibility of having the race extend to the July 18-21 convention in Cleveland.
According to Reuters, Carson stated “If the powerful try to manipulate it, the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next summer may be the last convention. I assure you Donald Trump won’t be the only one leaving the party.”
Trump and Carson have been in a dead heat race in the past month, with Trump making the establishment Republicans try to find different ways to undermine his Presidential campaign and has even threatened to leave the party if he was not treated equally. He said that he would make an independent run, thus taking votes off the Republican constituency. Carson might be following in his steps if the Republican National Committee decides to back a single candidate of their choice.
However, according to Reuters, the Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer told CNN that the discussions about the convention were nothing more than suggestions and stated “Dr. Carson, don’t worry. It’s nothing more than that.”
Retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson has been gathering a large following of evangelical Republicans who see him as the best choice among the crowded Republican field of White House contenders.