The conservative neurosurgeon will introduce himself to voters with a 40-minute paid documentary set to air this weekend

By Tara Fowler
Updated November 07, 2014 02:45 PM
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The race is on!

It looks like neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson may be first contender to throw his hat into the ring for the 2016 presidential election.

Carson, 63, a conservative, will air a 40-minute paid video documentary this weekend to introduce himself to voters, The Washington Times reports.

Titled A Breath of Fresh Air: A New Prescription for America, the video will detail Carson’s hard-fought rise from a poor child in Detroit to a renowned pediatric surgeon at Johns Hopkins to a political star in the Republican party, according to ABC News.

Here are five things to know about likely the presidential hopeful:

1. He Successfully Separated Conjoined Twins
Carson is credited with being the first surgeon to separate twins conjoined at the head. After failing to separate a pair of South African twins in 1994, he successfully operated on two Zambian boys, both of whom survived without brain damage.

2. He Hasn’t Always Been a Republican
The doctor, who grew up as a Democrat, was an Independent for years, insisting to the National Review as recently as 2013 that he’s not a member of any particular party. “If I were part of one, it would be called the ‘Logic party,’ ” he said, “and it would be dedicated to commonsense approaches we all should be able to see.” He ultimately registered with the GOP because he didn’t want to split the electorate.

3. His Most Recent Book Outsold Hillary Clinton’s
Carson is the author of a number of best-selling books, but his most recent, One Nation, is the year’s second-best-selling nonfiction book, according to Nielsen BookScan. He’s just ahead of Clinton’s Hard Choices and just behind Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Jesus.

4. He Believes the Bible Contains Good Guidelines for the Tax Code
Carson has said that he would like to see a flat tax applied, and that his idea has divine origins. At a 2013 National Prayer Breakfast he said, “When I pick up my Bible, you know what I see? I see the fairest individual in the universe, God, and he’s given us a system. It’s called a tithe…. We don’t necessarily have to do 10 percent but it’s the principle.”

5. Cuba Gooding Jr. Played Him
This presumed campaign film isn’t Carson’s first experience at the movies. In 2009 his early life story was dramatized in Gifted Hands in which the Oscar-winner portrayed the doctor. Should Gooding get ready for a political sequel?

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