Loyal supporters,

I wish to express my sincere thanks to you for your loyal and faithful support of Dr. Ben Carson’s candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination.

I simply cannot put into words my admiration for your commitment to Dr. Ben Carson and our nation.

You played an instrumental role in not only drafting Ben Carson to run for president, but also in making him one of the top contenders for the White House in 2016.

This is no small feat. Only twice in the history of the United States has a candidate been successfully drafted to run for President of the United States.

And, make no mistake about it, your efforts were critical to making that happen.

In fact, Ben Carson said repeatedly that he would have never run if it had not been for the efforts of the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee and its more than 37,000 volunteers and 200,000+ donors.

You were probably as surprised as I was when Ben Carson announced that he was suspending his campaign and then again when he endorsed Donald Trump for president just one week later.

I didn’t see that coming.

All political prognosticators seem to agree that, barring an unforeseen event, Donald Trump is going to be the Republican nominee for president in 2016. And if Donald Trump does win the nomination, we must unite in support of him to ensure that Hillary Clinton is not the next President of the United States. In addition, we hope that Donald Trump, if elected, will select Ben Carson as his running mate or for a high position in his Administration so that Dr. Carson can work to reform education, tax and healthcare policy on behalf of all Americans.

Once again, it’s been an honor to work with you on this historic effort. Thank you for your support and passion. I will be contacting you shortly about the plans of The 2016 Committee now that Dr. Carson has decided to suspend his campaign.

Sincerely,

John Philip Sousa IV
Chairman