Carol Moseley-Braun to Run for President

Former Senator Carol Moseley-Braun (D-IL) announced yesterday her plans to file papers on Tuesday for a presidential exploratory committee, according to the Chicago Tribune. Moseley-Braun will spend the weekend attending Presidents’ Day events in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina with the political organization American Women Presidents. No woman has ever been nominated by either major party to run for president, and Moseley-Braun acknowledges that her bid for president will be challenging. “I’m not unaware that I’m trying to do what no woman has done before,” she told the Tribune. She plans to center her campaign on opposition to the war in Iraq. “As the only woman candidate, I hope to have a voice that this war is counterproductive and not consistent with protecting our security here or abroad É The Congress abdicated their responsibility in regards to this,” she said, according to the Tribune. Moseley-Braun in 1992 made political history as the first African-American woman elected to the US Senate, where she drew national attention for speaking out against Sen. Jesse Helms (R-NC) over an emblem that included the Confederate flag, the Associated Press reports. She lost her 1998 Senate race and was appointed by President Clinton to be Ambassador to New Zealand. Other candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination include Sen. John Edwards (NC), Sen. John Kerry (MA), Sen. Joe Lieberman (CT), Rep. Dick Gephardt (MO), Rev. Al Sharpton, and former Vermont Governor Howard Dean.


Associated Press 2/12/03; Chicago Tribune 2/12/03; American Women Presidents release 1/29/03

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