DAPHNE, Ala. (WALA) - Republican supporters and leaders packed the Daphne Civic Center Friday, June 14 for the Baldwin County Republican Party's annual dinner.
The keynote speaker was Dr. Benjamin Carson, whose accomplishments include 60 honorary doctorate degrees and a distinguished position at John Hopkins Hospital.
He has quickly become a heavy hitter for the GOP Presidential Nomination in 2016, although he said he has no immediate plans to run for office.
"My hope is that as time goes on, that there will be somebody that captures the imagination of people including the large number of people that have tuned out and don't feel like they're part of the process anymore," said Dr. Carson. "If someone like that comes along then that takes the pressure off me to do anything."
State and local political big wigs made the trip to Daphne to show their support for the party's causes.
Many said Dr. Carson has become a conservative folk hero, specifically after his outspoken criticism of the healthcare system and Obama administration during the National Prayer Breakfast in February.
"He is someone that is a ‘rags to riches' story," said Jim Byard with the Alabama Department of Economic Community Affairs. "Someone that pulled himself up by his bootstraps, so to speak."
"His willingness to stand up and take a position, I think that's important," said Baldwin County Probate Judge, Tim Russell. "He's willing to stand up and take a strong position as a medical doctor."
During a press conference with members of the media, Dr. Carson said, "Political correctness is one of the key factors that is destroying our nation. Basically by imposing this silence you can change the underpinnings of the society without a debate."
Many continue to push for Carson to take a shot at the White House.
His critics have portrayed him as an ultra-conservative bigot. However, Dr. Carson said those remarks are merely an attempt to silence him.
He believes the event in Daphne was about getting the country back to its roots.
"It's an opportunity to talk about the things that made America into a great nation and why its important that people not relinquish those things," he said.
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