And in the center ring today, it's BEN CARSON, who announced his official candidacy for the 2016 Republican nomination today.
The 2016 GOP beauty contest is now officially underway, with Mr. Florida (Marco Rubio), Mr. Texas (Ted Cruz), and Mr. Kentucky (Rand Paul). With the addition of Mr. Maryland, that sets the stage for the next wave.
“I’m willing to be part of the equation and therefore, I’m announcing my candidacy for president of the United States of America,” Carson told WKRC.
“Many people have suggested to me that I should run for president, even though I’m not a politician,” the Republican added.
“I began to ask myself 'why are people clamoring for me to do this?' I represented a lot of the same thoughts that they have,” Carson told the television station. “I’m not 100 percent sure ‘politics as usual’ is going to save us.”
When asked what he has learned from controversies over comments on ObamaCare and homosexuality, the retired neurosurgeon said, “I don’t wander off into those extraneous areas that can be exploited. I have learned that.”
Carson apologized earlier this year for saying that gay people chose their sexuality, and that people "go into prison straight and when they come out, they're gay."
In 2013, Carson said that ObamaCare is the worst thing to happen to the United States since slavery.
Watch for Mr. Arkansas and Mrs. California to join the race Monday:
Republican observers are enthused by the added diversity to the 2016 field that Carson, the only African-American, and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, who’s likely to be the only female GOP candidate, bring.
Fiorina is also expected to announce her candidacy on Monday, joining GOP Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.), Ted Cruz (Texas) and Rand Paul (Ky.), who have already launched their 2016 bids.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is expected to launch his second bid for president from his storied hometown of Hope, Ark. on Tuesday. Huckabee will be fighting for votes with Carson, who has a strong base of grassroots support .
Can Mr. Wisconsin (Scott Walker) and Mr. Texas II (Jeb Bush) be far behind?