Ben Carson 'step or two' closer to 2016 run
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Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonHUD watchdog looking into involvement of Carson's family at agency Ethics watchdog calls for probe of Carson family role at federal agency Thanks to Trump and Pence, America's relationship with Israel is stronger than ever MORE, a conservative hero and former neurosurgeon, announced the creation of a political action committee on Friday and said he is "a step or two closer" to running for president in 2016.

“Now is the time to start all of the appropriate exploration and investigation, and put down the structure that is necessary,” Carson told The Washington Times.

“I would say we are definitely a step or two closer than we were a year ago,” he added when asked about the likelihood of running for president. 

The PAC will be called One Nation, the same name as his bestselling book released this spring. 

The Washington Times reports that Carson made the announcement after meeting in Florida with fundraisers and strategists for two days. He also announced that Houston businessman Terry Giles will be his campaign chairman if he runs. 

Carson electrified the Conservative Political Action Conference in March and has also made headlines for comparing ObamaCare to slavery.