The former neurosurgeon Ben Carson (63) from Maryland called Obama a psychopath, now he wants his job.
On Monday he will declare his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination.
- I am willing to be part of this process, and therefore I announce my candidacy for the presidential election in the US, says Carson to the Florida-based TV channel WPEC.
He was an unknown name in politics until two years ago, when he got attention after a speech that was very critical of President Barack Obama, writes New York Times.
63-year-old Carson is well-liked within the conservative Tea Party movement.
- Many people have suggested to me that I should go for the presidential election, even though I am not a politician, says Carson.
The former surgeon plans an official announcement in Detroit, Michigan, on Monday.
Carson made headlines when he earlier this year called President Obama a psychopath.
The comment was caught by a reporter, after Carson's chief adviser commented on Obama on the night of this year's State of the Union address, writes CNN.
Williams said that Obama looked "elegant" that night.
And Carson responded: "Like most psychopaths. That's why they're successful. That's the way they look. They all look great."
Later in the exchange, Carson accused Obama of knowingly selling the American public "a lie."
"He's trying to sell what he thinks is not true!" Carson reportedly said. "He's sitting there saying, 'These Americans are so stupid I can tell them anything.'"
Carson will be the first African American to sign up as a Republican presidential candidate. Before this, Senators Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida have declared their candidacy.
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