- A Ben Carson-aligned group has dropped its short-lived effort to nudge him toward the vice presidency
- "Dr. Carson contacted us and requested that we discontinue the project," the 2016 Committee said
The 2016 Committee, which began as a group that successfully drafted Carson to run for president and then morphed into the primary independent group backing his presidential bid, said Friday that the candidate himself had quashed its attempt to earn him the vice presidency. Carson, once a national front-runner, ended his campaign in early March and has since become an endorser and high-profile surrogate for Donald Trump.
"After launching our project to convince the GOP nominee to select Dr. Carson as his running mate, Dr. Carson contacted us and requested that we discontinue the project. As we certainly did not want to work on a project that Dr. Carson did not support, we decided to end the effort, but not our work," the group said in an email to supporters Friday.
In February, the super PAC, which raised and spent large sums of money through expensive small-dollar fundraising, sent out a fundraising email saying Carson needs to be on the Republican ticket
-- even as the vice presidential nominee -- in order to capture the minority vote.
The email, signed by 2016 Committee National Chairman John Philip Sousa IV, said that the race was still "in flux" but if Carson isn't on the ticket, "The Democrats will win the White House and the America we love will disappear."
In a post
on his Facebook page last week, Carson himself seemed to go after the group.
"I was rather surprised that some are raising money using my name regarding a vice presidential bid," Carson wrote. "I do not believe that it is appropriate at this time to be using any notoriety that I have gained to try to get people to donate to a political effort on my behalf. I'm not seeking a vice presidential slot or any cabinet post."
Appearing on "The Lead" Friday afternoon, Carson told CNN's Jake Tapper that he and Trump, the GOP front-runner, have not discussed a role for him in a potential Trump administration.
"We agreed that we both had the same goal," Carson told Tapper. "In terms of talking about any specific role in government, that was not done -- nor am I interested in that, quite frankly."