-- Ben Carson is here to stay, despite the ups and downs of his campaign.
"For many months, the political class, pundits, the media have tried to ignore or bury me," Carson said in his closing statements during Saturday night's Republican debate hosted by ABC News. "They say that politics is too complex and too sleazy. You can't survive.
"Well, guess what? I'm still here. And I'm not going any place, either."
Before voting began on the night of the Iowa caucuses, Carson's campaign made known that the former neurosurgeon will be returning to his home in Florida to get new clothes.
This led to rumors that Carson would be dropping out, which Carson made clear was not the case.
“Well I’m gonna go on with the campaign no matter what happens on Tuesday," Carson told ABC News contributors Matthew Dowd and LZ Granderson on "Strait Talk" moments after the debate.
Carson said he wouldn't end his campaign unless his supporters felt otherwise.
“The breaking point for me will be when the millions of people who are still pushing me forward, who are still donating, if they say we’ve had enough, I’m out of there in two seconds," Carson said.
And how will Carson know his supporters feel that he should end his campaign?
“We have a tremendous social media contact and also with their money," Carson explained.