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Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who is ranking second in 2016 Republican presidential polls, is warming up to a presidential run by Kanye West in 2020.
Carson appeared on ABC News on Sunday and said he and the rapper were able to chat.
“I did have an opportunity to talk with him,” Carson said. “I was extremely impressed with his business acumen. He knows a lot about business. I talked to him about the possibility of maybe himself and some of the other people in pop culture doing some music that might be uplifting, that might give young women a sense of their value and young men a sense of responsibility. I think it could be a tremendous thing in our society.”
West previously made it clear in a Vanity Fair interview that he was a big fan of the neurosurgeon turned presidential candidate.
“As soon as I heard Ben Carson speak, I tried for three weeks to get on the phone with him,” West told the magazine. “I was like this is the most brilliant guy.”
West said during the Video Music Awards last month that he would run for president in 2020. He suggested to Vanity Fair that he was seriously considering it.
How does Carson feel about West for president?
“I am certainly willing to give him a chance – we’ll see,” Carson said. “He’ll be able to explain things and see if he resonates with the people.”
Carson most recently found himself under attack for saying he wouldn’t support a Muslim president.
Watch Carson’s interview below: