Ben Carson

Dr. Ben Carson says that he does not want to be the GOP vice-presidential nominee. (BING photo credit)

Former 2016 Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson said that he is not actively seeking to be on his party’s ticket as a vice presidential hopeful and isn’t interested in serving in the Cabinet in a possible Republican administration.

Carson spoke with reporters, publishers and staff members of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, the trade association for Black newspapers, on April 6 on a conference call. Carson was clear about his decision to abstain from a vice presidential candidacy.

“I would prefer not to be on the ticket as vice president,” he said. “I want to be able to maintain my independence.”

Carson said he wanted to utilize his national platform to talk about the issues that he cares about. He said he isn’t seeking a Cabinet position, with many speculating that he could be a future Health and Human Service secretary in a GOP administration.

“I have no desire for a position or a title,” Carson said. “I want no constraints on what I want to do.”

Carson has endorsed billionaire businessman Donald Trump for president and said Blacks should support him as well.

“I talked in depth with him and with some of his Black employees and they love him,” Carson said. Carson said he also is supporting Trump ,”because the political establishment is trying to stop him just like they tried to stop me.”

He said that Ohio Gov. John Kasich can’t win and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was too polarizing to beat Democratic frontrunner former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in the November general election. He said his party should continue to reach out to Blacks and that they should be intimidated by acts of voter suppression and register to vote as soon as possible.

“There is a way around that,” Carson said. “I can come up with a solution to any problem.”