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Ben Carson visits Miami church; remains elusive about presidential bid

Ben Carson, a renowned neurosurgeon, bestselling author and potential 2016 presidential contender hinted at a bid and talked about the events in Ferguson, MO during a stop at Bethany Seventh-day Adventist Church in Miami Saturday.

Carson, who moved to Florida from Maryland, made headlines earlier this month for winning a presidential straw poll at a Republican event in Iowa.

Carson didn’t address a potential presidential bid, but said that his plans for retirement have changed.

During his address to the largely black congregation, Carson also talked about the recent outburst in Ferguson, following the Aug. 9 police shooting of Michael Brown.

“People have got to wake up and realize that when you raise anybody... in a situation where you don’t have fathers around to teach people how to relate to authority and how to take more personal responsibility,” Carson said, “what you’re going to end up with are people who are eventually going to run up against a wall, run up against somebody else... In either case, they’re going to end up dead or incarcerated or something bad is going to happen.”

Carson retired from neurosurgery in June 2013, but got attention for blasting the Affordable Care Act with President Obama within earshot at the National Prayer Breakfast in February of the same year. As a neurosurgeon, Carson was the first to separate twins conjoined at the back of the head.

Carson’s most recent book, “One Nation” was published May 20 and currently tops the New York Times Hardcover Non-Fiction bestsellers list. Hillary Clinton’s book, “Hard Choices,” ranks sixth in the same list.