15 Things You Should Know About Ben Carson, Who Just Announced He's Running For President

He's got gifted hands, but will he be handy in the White House?

Things are getting a little crowded for the 2016 bid for the Republican Party.

Ben Carson has announced that he will also be seeking the nomination, joining the parade of candidates that includes: Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina.

Carson doesn't have a ton of political experience, but he's gained attention in recent years for his comments on conservative news channels. Could he be the candidate for you?

  1. He's a Republican from Maryland.

    He was born in Detroit and attended school at Yale in Connecticut, but now Carson and his family live in West Friendship, Maryland.

  2. He has a wife and three sons.

    Carson and his wife, Candy, met while attending school at Yale. They have three sons: Ben Jr., Rhoeyce, and Murray.

  3. He's pretty brainy.

    Carson is a retired neurosurgeon and was a professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics. He served as director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital and, at age 33, he became the youngest major division director in the hospital's history as director of pediatric neurosurgery. He was also a co-director of the Johns Hopkins Craniofacial Center.

  4. He's known for this big split.
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    He was the first surgeon to successfully separate a pair of conjoined twins who were joined at the head.

  5. He's a Tea Party hero.

    After a video of his speech at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast got some attention from conservative media, Tea party members quickly jumped on the Carson bandwagon with calls for his candidacy.

  6. He's pro-gun.

    Although he is a supporter of the second amendment, Carson has suggested that semi-automatic firearms have tighter regulations in large cities and high-crime areas.

  7. He's not too keen on LGBT issues.

    Carson is firmly against same-sex marriage and has said so on many occasions. In 2013, his comments lumping LGBT people in with pedophiles and people who practice bestiality got him in some trouble with the students at Johns Hopkins University, where he was set to give the commencement address.

  8. He doesn't believe in evolution.

    During a debate with Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett and Francis Collins, Carson said "I don't believe in evolution...I simply don't have enough faith to believe that something as complex as our ability to rationalize, think, and plan, and have a moral sense of what's right and wrong, just appeared."

  9. He's against the legalization of marijuana.

    He believes it's a gateway drug to harder addiction and "hedonistic lifestyles."

  10. He and his wife sponsor a scholarship fund.
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    Carson and his wife run the Carsons Scholars Fund — which they established after reading that U.S. students ranked second to last in terms of math and science testing among 22 countries. Recipients of the fund get a $1,000 scholarship for their college education.

  11. He thinks Obamacare is really, really bad.

    Carson has been quoted as saying the Affordable Care Act is the "worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery."

  12. He's a best-selling author.

    Carson has published six books about his life and philosophy. His most recent book "One Nation," spent 5 weeks on top of the New York Times best-seller list, outselling Hillary Clinton's "Hard Choices."

  13. He likes his taxes flat.

    Carson supports a flat tax - citing it as the tax supported by the bible — which involves everyone giving the same amount in "good times and bad."

  14. Cuba Gooding Jr. played him in a movie.

    The 2009 movie "Gifted Hands," based on Carson's autobiography, follows Carson's life leading up to his successful separation of conjoined twins in Germany.

  15. He's worried the country is heading toward anarchy.

    Carson has sounded off on conservative airwaves, saying he's worried that the 2016 election won't happen at all if the country remains on its current path.