Dr. Ben Carson is often hailed as a renaissance man—sometimes by himself. He's been an acclaimed neurosurgeon, a best-selling author, a conservative pundit, and a likely presidential hopeful. Well, he can add another checkmark to the list: He's probably one of the few people to have a political documentary made about him before actually holding or explicitly seeking political office.
On Sunday, 37 local television networks across the country (including in Iowa) aired an hour-long "documentary" about Carson. The documentary, called A Breath of Fresh Air: A New Prescription for America, was paid for and produced by Armstrong Williams Productions.
The idea that a physician with no political experience could become a serious presidential candidate heading into next year may sound ridiculous, but the money behind Carson, combined with his bootstrapping life story and his success in medicine, show that he's not someone who should be so easily written off. He's by no means a front-runner, but that doesn't mean he won't be a contender.
The documentary begins with a shot of a beeping heart monitor, then dramatic string music swells into life as we see Carson walking into an operating room, gowned for surgery. That scene dissolves into footage of Sean Hannity talking about Carson's potential run for president in 2016.