Ben Carson, 63, is best best known in America for his groundbreaking work in separating conjoined twins. He is largely unknown to most Americans. But he's earned hero status among conservative activists due to his outspoken criticism of Obama's health care law.
His rags-to-riches story is better told by the man himself -- he had a hardscrabble childhood in inner-city Detroit -- and his deep Christian faith also appeal to potential voters. Though Carson has said he is strongly considering a bid to the US Presidency in 2016 on the platform of the Republican, supporters have already opened offices in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire.
He is one of more than a dozen Republicans eying the presidency, and those with little international experience like him, are working to strengthen their resumes before formally announcing their 2016 plans.
To add to him resume, Ben Carson was in Israel last week according to AP, as a guest of "The Face of Israel," a private group that sponsors trips for "influential decision makers" to promote a positive image of the country and counter "threats to Israel's international legitimacy." The trip has included visits to Israel's northern front with Syria and the southern border with Gaza, and meetings with military officials and everyday people.