Rising conservative star Ben Carson will be the subject of a documentary set to air over the weekend that with give people across the country greater insight into his life and likely spur more speculation about his presidential ambitions in a week when the midterm elections gave a boost to many of his potential rivals.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie may have been the big winner out of Tuesday, using his position as chairman of the Republican Governors Association to help the GOP win chief executive posts in a slate of blue states.
But the good news ran far and wide, with all of the 2016 hopefuls able to point to a victory in their home states or in campaigns they raised money and stumped for across the country.
“Tuesday was a great day for Republicans around the country and for our leaders who are considering a run for president in 2016,” said Jim Merrill, a New Hampshire-based GOP strategist. “Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Bobby Jindal and others gave generously of their time and treasure to help lift our GOP tickets in 2014, stepping up to make smart investments that should prove helpful to them as we move into presidential primary season.”
Mr. Paul, a Kentucky senator, threw his early support behind Sen. Mitch McConnell, who won in a landslide and is poised to become the majority leader.
Mr. Carson also lent his star power to candidates in competitive races, and signaled that he is moving closer to taking a stab at the presidency by setting up his USA First super PAC.
Mr. Carson will be featured in a documentary — called “A Breath of Fresh Air: A New Prescription for America” — that will air over the weekend in 22 states and the District of Columbia.
A production company run by conservative personality Armstrong Williams filmed the documentary and is paying for the airtime. Mr. Williams is also Mr. Carson’s business manager.
The documentary provides insight into Mr. Carson’s family life and how he has made the jump from being born to a single mother to becoming a famed neurosurgeon and now a political rock star in some conservatives circles.
• Ben Carson writes a column for The Washington Times.