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Carson to Lead National Christian Voter Campaign

Carson to Lead National Christian Voter Campaign
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By    |   Friday, 04 March 2016 02:26 PM

Ben Carson, who this week backed out of Thursday night's GOP debate after saying he did not see a "political path forward" following his low Super Tuesday primary results, will on Friday announce he's taking a new path forward as National Chairman of My Faith Votes, an organization formed to get out the Christian vote.

"Nothing is more important to me than my personal faith, and it is my faith that motivated me to be involved in the political process to begin with," Carson said in a statement on Friday, just hours before he was to take the stage at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington D.C.

However, while Carson stepped back from his campaign on Wednesday, he has not officially announced its end, but that announcement will likely come in his CPAC address.

During his address, Carson is to announce his new role and his leadership in a movement that hopes to motivate the 25 million American Christian registered voters who did not cast ballots in the 2012 election to vote this year.

"I believe Christians in this country can easily determine the next president of the United States and all other national and local leaders, should they simply show up at the polls," Carson said "When we do vote, We The People will once again solidify our commitment to the Judeo-Christian values upon which our nation was founded."

The My Faith Votes mission will be a national media campaign that will grow as the November election nears, the Carson statement says. The movement has already been endorsed by a number of America's most significant Christian leaders, and Sealy Yates, president of My Faith Votes, said the Christian vote is important.

"In the last four presidential elections, an average of less than five million votes separated the major candidates," Yates said, "yet more than 25 million Christians didn't bother to even show up at the polls in 2012. We are committed to making sure that every Christian in America is engaged in this election cycle."
 
Carson agreed to accept the chairmanship on the same day he signaled his that he was suspending his presidential campaign, and Johnnie Moore, spokesperson for My Faith Votes, said the organization could not be more thrilled.

"Dr. Carson is a truly inspirational figure who embodies the values of the Christian community in this country," said Moore. "His involvement in our movement has the potential to literally activate millions of Christians, re-engaging them in political process whomever they choose to support."

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Ben Carson, who this week backed out of Thursday night's GOP debate after saying he did not see a "political path forward" following his low Super Tuesday primary results, will on Friday announce he's taking a new path forward as National Chairman of My Faith Votes, an organization...
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