Carson drops out, all eyes on Sanders's next move

WASHINGTON, March 5 (KUNA) — Following his withdrawal from this week’s Republican debate, neurosurgeon Ben Carson – a one time frontrunner – officially dropped out of the presidential race on Friday.
Carson suspended his bid in a speech at the American Conservative Union’s 2016 Political Action Conference (CPAC), where he insisted he is “still going to be heavily involved to save [the] nation.” Carson, who has never held elected office, ran on a platform heavily tied to his Christian faith, and fumbled numerous times on issues of foreign policy. He often blasted the media for how his campaign was covered, and did so again when he told WABC Radio on Friday that journalists “never want to report anything good” about him.
“Three weeks ago I did a one-hour town hall in South Carolina on national defense and the major challenges facing us in foreign policy, and it was wall-to-wall reporters,” Carson said.
“They were flabbergasted by my knowledge of everything, but only one of them wrote a story. And that’s because they’re looking for something bad to say,” he added.
On the Democratic side, all eyes are on Bernie Sanders’s next move, as frontrunner Hillary Clinton maintains a strong lead since her Super Tuesday wins.
Though most Americans did not know his name a year ago, Sanders has been a surprisingly strong challenger to the former First Lady’s campaign.
This week, however, some of the country’s biggest news outlets suggested that the Vermont Senator’s chances at the presidency have become slim to none, but several analyses noted that his mere presence in the race has already changed the way the game is played.
“Over the course of his presidential bid, Sanders has risen from relative obscurity to the status of a national progressive icon. He has shown that it is possible to raise vast sums of money while rejecting super PACs, the much-reviled political-spending operations capable of taking in unlimited corporate donations. He has demonstrated that praising Democratic socialism isn’t automatically disqualifying in a presidential race,” The Atlantic said.
The Washington Post asserted that “Sanders’s chances were always centered on disrupting Clinton’s inevitability.” The 74-year-old, the paper added, “has already accomplished a huge amount in this race – including dragging Clinton to the ideological left on things like the Keystone XL pipeline, economic inequality and most everything else. And, the longer he stays in the race and accrues delegates… the more influence he might have over the issues Clinton takes forward into the general election.” The Democratic candidates are set to debate each other in Flint, Michigan on Sunday. (end) ys.tg