“Last question because I have to get on my flight. Melanie wants to know how I will ‘make sure political power doesn’t corrupt me.’ It seems Melanie and I look at candidates the same way.
Melanie, this may seem very strange but I don’t want to live in the White House. I don’t want to spend the next four years in a Secret Service protected bubble. Never in my life did I ever even dream about being President – this is not an ego trip. I spent my whole professional life as a doctor to some 15,000 children, many of them extremely ill. The pace was frantic. There was always one more patient. I loved every second of it. When I knew it was time for me to stop, my life’s work of helping children of course did not. I came to understand that we need a leader that cares far more about the next generation than the next election. I want nothing more than to try and save our country.”
Ben Carson was also able to get a considerable amount of donations from Iowa totaling some $43,633 from 172 contributions. He was second to Hillary Clinton, who got a total of $51,891 from 168 donations. This is according to campaign records from the Federal Election Commission, as reported by The Des Moines Register.
Jeff Kaufmann, who is the chairman of the Republican party in Iowa, stated that he was initially surprised to see Carson among the leading candidates in terms of funds raised. However, he concluded that it matched his observation about Ben Carson’s campaign.