By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
On Friday, November 13 Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (R) announced that Republican Presidential candidate, neurosurgeon, and author: Dr. Ben Carson will visit Alabama on Thursday, November 19.
Dr. Carson will appear at the University of South Alabama Mitchell Center, 5960 Old Shell Road, Mobile, AL 36688 from 4 to 5 p.m. for a free rally. Doors open at 1:00 pm. Following the rally, there will be a fundraiser from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at a private residence. Tickets for the fundraiser are $500 per ticket, $1,000 for VIP and $2,700 per host committee person and are available on Dr. Carson’s website.
Secretary of State Merrill said, “Candidates that continue to visit our state are proof that the SEC Primary is real and working.” “With the assistance and full support of the Alabama Legislature, one of the most significant things we have done in the Secretary of State’s Office is change the primary date to March 1. Since the March primary legislation passed, the top two Democratic candidates and seven of the top Republican candidates have made campaign stops in Alabama, which is unheard of for our state. Our state has a strong voice, and it is being heard through the SEC Primary! As Secretary of State, I will continue to position Alabama and the South as a place where Presidential candidates are willing to make an effort to visit and meet our remarkable people.”
Concerning the recent Paris terror attacks, Dr. Ben Carson told KSN Channel 3 in Los Vegas: “I think what we really ought to be thinking about is how do we prevent this kind of thing from happening here in America. I sympathize greatly with the French and what’s going on there, but we need to recognize that this is a global movement that’s going on and we’re gonna have to fight them here if we don’t carry the fight to them wherever else they are. I think we have to recognize that we’ve lost a fair amount of respect in the world, over the last few years. We really need to work on shoring that up again. We’re going to have to strengthen our military to lead from a position of strength and not from a position of weakness.”
Since January Alabama has been visited by numerous presidential candidates including: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, former Pennsylvania Governor Rick Santorum, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Dr. Ben Carson, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Ohio Governor John Kasich, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, New York City businessman Donald Trump and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.
For more information on meeting the candidates, contact the Office of the Secretary of State at 334-242-7200.
The SEC Primary, which will be held on March 1, 2016.