- - Monday, March 30, 2015

On March 27 I was advised that a guest op-ed I wrote for The Washington Times on March 25 was raising questions about whether I was describing myself as a candidate for president of the United States (“The learning curve of a candidate,” Web, March 24). First, I have enjoyed my time writing for The Times and thank all of the readers who have given me feedback. While my words may not have been precise, be assured I have not declared my candidacy for president in any shape or form.

I have been and am still exploring a candidacy as a possibility. In an effort to be straightforward I did not follow each time the political protocol of qualifying by language with appropriate adjectives and caveats. This is a hazard of political life that I am still getting used to. I am not a candidate. My op-ed repeatedly said I was exploring the possibility of such a monumental action, and for now I will leave it at that.

BEN CARSON

Baltimore

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