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From Yahoo news.....

DES MOINES, Iowa - Former Illinois Sen. Carol Moseley Braun (news - web sites), whose campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, never got off the ground, will drop out of the race and endorse front-runner Howard Dean (news - web sites), campaign officials said Wednesday.

Braun was to officially endorse the former Vermont governor Thursday afternoon during an appearance at Carroll High School in Carroll, Iowa, said Dean campaign manager Joe Trippi.

Dean said Wednesday that he welcomed Braun's endorsement.

"She's a principled person. We just hit it off. I like her a lot," Dean told reporters at a hotel in Fort Dodge, where he was spending the night after starting a statewide bus tour.

"It's going to be a big help to us," he said.

Officials said Braun, who often made the point that she was the only woman in the nine-person field, approached Dean after a recent debate and told him she was considering leaving the race and backing him.

One of two black candidates in the campaign, Braun is giving Dean her endorsement even as he has faced questions about his record on race issues, including his lack of minority Cabinet members during his five terms as Vermont governor.

Braun jumped to Dean's defense in a debate last Sunday when Al Sharpton (news - web sites) accused the former governor of trivializing race issues.

Braun never broke out of single digits in national and state polls and failed to qualify for several state ballots.

And though she had been endorsed by two influential women's groups ó the National Organization for Women (news - web sites) and the National Women's Political Caucus ó that support failed to translate into much-needed financial support for the campaign. Braun struggled to raise money while running up thousands of dollars in debt. She also missed the deadline to file paperwork for the initial round of federal campaign money, delaying for several weeks the receipt of several hundred thousand dollars in public funds.

Even her own campaign manager, Patricia Ireland, had said publicly that there was no way Braun could win the nomination.

She leaves the race after making little impact on it, except for some bright moments in the presidential debates. Braun often stressed during the campaign that she was running for president because it was time to "take the 'Men Only' sign off the White House.

The run for president also may have helped Braun rehabilitate her image. Elected to the Senate in 1992 during the "Year of the Woman," Braun lost the seat after one term due to allegations about her ethics and improper campaign spending.

Braun had also fallen under criticism for meeting in 1996 with Gen. Sani Abacha, the late dictator of Nigeria who had been accused of myriad human rights violations, during a trip to the country for a friend's memorial. She did not tell the State Department in advance, which she later said she regretted not doing.

After losing the seat, President Clinton (news - web sites) named her ambassador to New Zealand.

Braun is the second Democratic presidential candidate to pull out of the race before the start of voting on Jan. 19 with the Iowa caucuses. Sen. Bob Graham of Florida withdrew from the race on Oct. 6.


Possible VP candidate anyone?





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Carol Mosley Braun is a VP candidate only in her dreams. She managed to lose a Senate race in Illinois due to her own corruption and senatorial incompetance. When I lived in Chicago, it seemed like corruption was a requirement of politicians, and CMB still took it too far.

I choked on my coffee when referred to her as a prinicpaled person. I've like Dean 'til now, but, jeez, couldn't he have found a less blatantly false way to praise her?

Her campaign was only an attempt to rehabilitate her image. (The conspiracy theorists claim that she will be owed a favour for helping to weaken Sharpton's campaign, but it is highly questionable as to whether she did any such thing, IMO)



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.59
    Originally posted by Big Bad
    Possible VP candidate anyone?




Extremely doubtful. I could see her somewhere in the Cabinet when he gets elected, though.



EDIT: Changed "if" to "when", mostly to annoy Grimis.

(edited by OlFuzzyBastard on 15.1.04 1057)


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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.54
    Originally posted by Big Bad
    Possible VP candidate anyone?




Dean/Moseley Braun would be the most landslide ticket in the historyyyy of this country for their opponents. Then again, Reagan/Moseley Braun, FDR/Moseley Braun or Lincoln/Moseley Braun would result in the same outcome.
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    Originally posted by Mr. Heat Miser
    (The conspiracy theorists claim that she will be owed a favour for helping to weaken Sharpton's campaign, but it is highly questionable as to whether she did any such thing, IMO)


Sharpton had a legitimate shot in the first place?



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    Originally posted by Whitebacon
      Originally posted by Mr. Heat Miser
      (The conspiracy theorists claim that she will be owed a favour for helping to weaken Sharpton's campaign, but it is highly questionable as to whether she did any such thing, IMO)


    Sharpton had a legitimate shot in the first place?


Her campaign never got enough suport to matter. Sharpton is viewed as a bufoon. The theorists need to get a life.



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CMB came to my company to speak a few weeks ago. Out of the four candidates that I've seen live (Edwards, Clark, Kucinich and her), she seemed like she cared the most about helping the poor.

Dennis Kucinich leaned on my shoulder and bent over me when he shook peoples hands, which freaked me out a bit.
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    Originally posted by Whitebacon
      Originally posted by Mr. Heat Miser
      (The conspiracy theorists claim that she will be owed a favour for helping to weaken Sharpton's campaign, but it is highly questionable as to whether she did any such thing, IMO)


    Sharpton had a legitimate shot in the first place?


No, not to win, but if Sharpton wins enough delegates (in theory) he then can influence the platform, and maybe get a speech at the convention out of it. In theory, CMB would be able to draw black support from Sharpton, weaken his position at the convention, and deny him the credibility he craves. The thing is, Sharpton doesn't really have any strength to siphon off, which is why I think the whole idea is kind of silly.

EDIT: Doc Dirt responded while I was responding. His answer is better, and much more concise.

(edited by Mr. Heat Miser on 15.1.04 1437)


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When I turned CNN on in my hotel room this morning, they said that a "leading" candidate had dropped.

I was a little disappointed with that explanation when it turned out to be her.

    Originally posted by OlFuzzyBastard
    EDIT: Changed "if" to "when", mostly to annoy Grimis.

    (edited by OlFuzzyBastard on 15.1.04 1057)
Uh, you're guy isn't even ahead in Iowa anymore so this isn't something you should worry too much about yet.



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    Originally posted by Grimis
    When I turned CNN on in my hotel room this morning, they said that a "leading" candidate had dropped.

    I was a little disappointed with that explanation when it turned out to be her.

      Originally posted by OlFuzzyBastard
      EDIT: Changed "if" to "when", mostly to annoy Grimis.

      (edited by OlFuzzyBastard on 15.1.04 1057)
    Uh, your guy isn't even ahead in Iowa anymore so this isn't something you should worry too much about yet.


Polling one point into second, with a 4.5 margin of error, a few days before a largely meaningless caucus?! Oh no, he oughta drop out right now.

(edited by OlFuzzyBastard on 15.1.04 1945)


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