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Moseley Braun Breaks Record in Run for White House

Carol Moseley Braun set a new record in her bid for the presidency by making it onto the primary ballot in 20 states. This is more than any other woman running for president, including Sen. Margaret Chase Smith in 1964 and Rep. Shirley Chisholm in 1972. “Carol Moseley Braun is not only making history, she is making headway in her quest to take the ‘Men Only’ sign off the White House door,” said Moseley Braun’s campaign manager, Patricia Ireland, in a press statement.

“I use the slogan ‘Take the Men Only sign off the White House door,” Moseley Braun told the Arizona Republic, “but really it’s about giving America the chance to take advantage of the contributions that women and non-traditional candidates can give.”

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. She lost her 1998 Senate race and was appointed by President Clinton to be Ambassador to New Zealand. Her candidacy has been endorsed by the National Organization for Women (NOW) and the National Women’s Political Caucus.

Sources:

Moseley Braun press release 1/7/04; Arizona Republic 1/9/04; Feminist Daily News

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