Ben Carson is officially “leaving the campaign trail.” Speaking to a gathering of conservative activists in suburban Maryland, Dr. Carson confirmed the end of his Republican presidential campaign. Speculations of his quitting first began after he somewhat made the announcement on his Facebook page the day after Super Tuesday contests.

During his speech, Carson said the United States needs “trickle-down ethics.” He says the ideal presidential candidate is ethical and accomplished, has clear policies, and treats others well. He says whoever can check all of those boxes would be a “great leader.”

The retired neurosurgeon is declining to endorse any candidate for the Republican nomination, though he says he has “talked to all of them this week.”

The Conservative Political Action Conference crowd gave him an adoring standing ovation. He says there are “a lot of people who love me, they just won’t vote for me.”

Carson says he will now be working on a project to encourage religious values voters to participate in elections.

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