Retired US doctor Ben Carson to seek Republican presidential nomination

Ben Carson speaks at a luncheon during the Republican National Committtee's "Building on Success" meeting in San Diego, California, in this file photo taken on Jan 15, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Ben Carson speaks at a luncheon during the Republican National Committtee's "Building on Success" meeting in San Diego, California, in this file photo taken on Jan 15, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Retired physician Ben Carson told a Florida television station on Sunday that he is running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

"I'm willing to be part of the equation and, therefore, I'm announcing my candidacy for president of the United States of America," Carson said in an interview with CBS affiliate WPEC-TV in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Carson, 63, who is popular with the populist conservative Tea Party movement, plans to make an announcement in Detroit on Monday.