Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said he would be willing to give Kanye West a good look if he decides to run for president in 2020, essentially saying it would afford the rapper an opportunity to see if he can parlay his lyrical skills into a political message.
“Well, I am certainly willing to give him a chance,” Carson said today on ABC’s “This Week.” “He’ll be able to explain things and see if he resonates with the people.”
“I did have an opportunity to talk with him. I was extremely impressed with his business acumen. He knows a lot about business,” Carson continued. “I talked to him about the possibility of maybe himself and some of the other people in pop culture doing some music that might be uplifting that might give young women a sense of their value and young men a sense of responsibility. I think it could be a tremendous thing in our society.”
Like a politician in training, West returned the flattery, telling Vanity Fair he thinks Carson is brilliant:
“When I run for president, I’d prefer not to run against someone. I would be like ‘I want to work with you,” West said. “As soon as I heard [Ben] Carson speak, I tried for three weeks to get on the phone with him. I was like this is the most brilliant guy.”
West is not the only one impressed by the retired pediatric neurosurgeon. A recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows Carson trailing Republican front-runner Donald Trump by one percentage point in the Republican primary. He has also risen sharply in polls since July, the report says.
If he does decide to run for president in 2020, do you think West will run as a Democrat, Republican, or Independent?