The 2016 Committee is the successor to the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee. The latter was formed in August 2013 by John Philip Sousa IV, great-grandson of the renowned composer of “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” and Vernon Robinson, a retired Air Force captain and former member of the Winston-Salem, N.C., City Council, to draft Dr. Carson to run for the Republican nomination for president in 2016.
The 2016 Committee’s mission is to raise support and awareness of Dr. Carson’s candidacy and organize a grassroots army of activists to propel Dr. Carson through the nomination process and into the White House.
Following the announcement of Dr. Carson’s official exploratory committee, the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee transitioned to The 2016 Committee. Because of Federal Election Commission regulations, the draft committee could no longer use Dr. Carson’s name in the committee’s title.