Ben Carson: 'Even If I'm Elected to Office, I'm Not Going to Be a Politician'

By Susan Jones | January 27, 2015 | 8:04am EST

In this March 8, 2014 file photo, Dr. Ben Carson, professor emeritus at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, puts his notes back in his pocket after speaking at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

( - Even if he does run for president, Dr. Ben Carson, a former pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital, says don't mistake him for a politician.

"Well, I don't actually go around trying to compare myself with others and trying to determine whether there's a substantial difference. I do make it clear that I'm not a politician and that I never intend to become a politician. Even if I'm elected to office, I'm not going to be a politician because they tend to do things that are politically expedient. And I'm not trying to do things that are politically correct," Carson told Fox New's Megyn Kelly Monday night.

Carson said he wants to "wake our country up."

"And we've got to stop being afraid of those people who sit around and call you names and criticize. And let that stifle you and keep you from telling the truth."

At a gathering of possible Republican contenders in Iowa this past weekend, Carson received a standing ovation when he told the conservative crowd to pay attention to the first stanza of the national anthem, where it says, "the land of the free and the home of the brave."

"[P]lease remember it is impossible to be free if you're not brave," Carson said.

On Monday, Kelly asked Carson who he'd support if he isn't nominated himself:

"Well, I would like it to be somebody who puts the Constitution on the top shelf, who doesn't pick and choose the laws that they want to enforce, somebody who understands the economy and understands how to get it moving, someone who understands the real meaning of compassion and how we actually invest in our fellow human beings and provide them with a ladder to actually achieve and not just to stay in a dependent position, and someone who knows how to lead on the world stage. Because, you know, that vacuum is extraordinarily dangerous to us in the long run."

"You may not be a politician, but you are good," Kelly told him. "You are nimble like a politician is."

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