He is expected to make the official announcement Monday morning at the Detroit Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts. He had plans to travel to Iowa immediately after the announcement, but campaign spokeswoman Deana Bass said Monday that trip would be rescheduled to allow Carson to fly to Dallas to be with his mother, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.
“After his announcement in Detroit, Dr. Carson will travel to Dallas to be at his mother Sonya Carson’s side. Dr. Carson’s mother who has been in failing health is now critically ill,” she said in a statement.
Dr. Carson is a political newcomer, but the retired neurosurgeon is a favorite among conservatives because of his popularity and outspoken stance against Obamacare.
As well, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina has announced her candidacy.
“Yes, I am running,” Fiorina said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “I think I’m the best person for the job because I understand how the economy actually works. I understand the world; who’s in it.”
The ex-Silicon Valley executive and long-shot White House contender has never held public office. In 2010, she unsuccessfully ran for Senate in California, losing to Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer.