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Ben Carson Calls Time on His Campaign…For a Book Tour? UPDATE: Carson Says Report is False
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UPDATE: Carson has now said that the report is false. He addressed the ABC News report on Facebook last night and denied any report that he was suspending or otherwise interrupting his campaign.

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We’ll keep you updated if anything changes. For now, we’re relieved he’s not committing campaign suicide.

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Ben Carson, what in the ever-living heck are you doing?

The only man who has, thus far, been able to challenge Donald Trump for the lead among Republican Presidential candidates in key states, will be dropping out of the race for two weeks while he goes on a book tour for his recently released memoir, A More Perfect Union. Carson’s team seems to feel that they can’t do the events associated with the Presidential campaign and those associated with his book tour, so, for no discernible reason, they’re cancelling the campaign.

Republican presidential contender Dr. Ben Carson has put his public campaign events on hold for two more weeks to go on book tour for his new tome “A More Perfect Union” and catch up on fundraising events.

The campaign has been careful to separate campaign events and the book tour, and doesn’t want to classify the tour as related to the campaign in any way.

This week he is catching up on fundraising events and will be back on his book tour next week making stops in Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa. So for the next two weeks, Carson won’t be appearing at any public “campaign events.”

Here’s a novel idea: cancel the book tour. You can even keep the travel – just cancel the book signings and rebook yourself for campaign events in the same towns? Or, better yet, cancel the book signings and rebook yourself for two weeks’ worth of campaign events in Iowa, where you’ve just started to catch up to within a few points of the leader. Even if you have to separate the two for legal reasons (as in, the FEC would consider a publisher’s cost in flying an author around an in-kind contribution should the travel come in the context of a campaign), two weeks without filings, fundraisers or grassroots activities seems like two weeks lost in a very critical time.

I suppose he might think pressing the flesh on a book tour is a way to hit the grassroots in a manner not allowed by a traditional campaign…but still, this is a significant risk, and probably one that Ben Carson should have avoided.

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