Carson, Fiorina, Huckabee Join Republican Presidential Race

Amanda Casanova | Contributor | Monday, May 4, 2015

Carson, Fiorina, Huckabee Join Republican Presidential Race

Dr. Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina have announced their presidential bids and Mike Huckabee is expected to follow this week.

All are hoping to snag the Republican nomination, Fox News reports.

Carson announced his bid Sunday (May 3), becoming the only black candidate in the 2016 Republican field.

“There’s no question this country is in very dire straits.” Carson said this weekend to Fox News. “The whole leadership issue is lacking."

Fiorina joined the race today (May 4). The former chief executive for Hewlett-Packard is the field’s only female candidate. The Democratic candidates currently include Hillary Clinton.

Huckabee, who launched a presidential bid in 2008, is expected to announce his candidacy Tuesday in his hometown in Arkansas.

"I know the Clintons all too well,” Huckabee said in April of potentially facing off with Clinton in the presidential race. “They play to win. I faced them time and time again. I lived to win. I lived to even tell about it."

The three candidates will join Sens. Rand Paul, of Kentucky, Marco Rubio, of Florida, and Ted Cruz, of Texas. 

“The diversity is great,” GOP strategist Matt Mackowiak told Roll Call. “It shows we’re a much broader party than the caricature some try to put on us.”

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker haven’t announced their candidacy for the Republican nomination, but there is discussion that they too will join the race.

A poll by found that Bush leads with 15 percent of the vote with Walker and Rubio behind him.

Publication date: May 4, 2015