Byline: STEVE PEOPLES and BILL BARROW
WASHINGTON -- Ben Carson, retired neurosurgeon turned conservative star, has confirmed that he will seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.
Carson, who has never run for public office, is expected to be the only high-profile African-American to enter the GOP's presidential primary as he tries to parlay his success as an author and speaker into a competitive campaign against established politicians.
''I'm willing to be part of the equation and therefore, I'm announcing my candidacy for president of the United States of America,'' he said in an interview aired Sunday night by Ohio's WKRC television station.
He is set to make a more formal announcement during a speech from his native Detroit on Monday.
Carson earned national acclaim during 29 years leading the pediatric neurosurgery unit of Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore, where he still lives. He directed the first surgery to separate twins connected at the back of the head. His career was notable enough to inspire the 2009 movie, ''Gifted Hands,'' with actor Cuba Gooding Jr. depicting Carson.
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