Ben Carson says he's open to being Donald Trump's VP: A match made in wingnut heaven?

Neurosurgeon-turned-politician Carson signals he could play second fiddle to The Donald

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published August 24, 2015 2:35PM (EDT)

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Donald Trump/Ben Carson 2016 is a ticket that at least one Republican presidential candidate appears to be open to considering.

Speaking from Columbia, South Carolina this weekend, former renowned neurosurgeon Ben Carson said that although he believed it was "much too early" for Trump or himself to make that decision, "all things are possible."

“I think all things are possible. But it’s much too early to begin such conversations,” he told CNN's Jim Acosta during an interview on “State of the Union.”

With the first primary still six months away, Carson understandably remains unwilling to discuss his own potential loss but his openness to a potential VP position may be indicative of Trump's overwhelming presence in the crowded field and Carson's assessment that Trump's here to stay for the long run. Trump has led the pack of 17 Republican presidential aspirants since shortly after his campaign kick-off and his poll numbers appear unaffected by controversy.

Carson, a political neophyte attracted a crowd of 12,000 to a rally in Phoenix last week and is currently running second to Trump among Republican candidates in Iowa and third in most national polls. But Carson, like Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, has managed to avoid Trump's wrath as he's seen his poll numbers rise this summer. Trump has previously praised both extreme right-wing candidates, noting that "they've been very supportive of me."

The chummy relationship extends beyond the candidates themselves. On-again, off-again, Trump advisor Roger Stone, met with Carson's campaign chief Jake Menges last week, according to the Daily Mail. Stone said that he believed in "citizen action" and met with Menges of his own volition because he "thinks Carson would be a good fit on a Trump ticket." And as The Hill noted, "Carson did name retired Gen. Robert Dees as a foreign policy adviser, after Trump said last week that part of his advice came from the Sunday shows."

By Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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