Carol Moseley Braun Makes Presidential Candidacy Official

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 22, 2003   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Carol Moseley Braun Makes Presidential Candidacy Official

by Paul Nowak Staff Writer
September 22, 2003

Washington, DC ( — Carol Moseley Braun formally declared her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for president today during an appearance at Howard University in Columbia, South Carolina.

"I am uniquely qualified to do the job of president, and I offer the clearest alternative to this current administration,” the former senator said during her address.

Braun’s campaign, which the Associated Press has called "a long-shot bid," has been a struggle to this point. Lack of funding and low standings in polls give the campaign a bleak outlook. 

Yet Braun did pick up two endorsements from pro-abortion groups last month, the National Organization for Women (NOW) and the National Women’s Political Caucus.

"Carol Moseley-Braun’s position on abortion is the same as the other nine candidates in the race," Carol Tobias, PAC Director of National Right to Life, told "She’s not adding anything new on that front. Braun was endorsed by NOW and NWPC because she is a strongly pro-abortion woman, but the entire Democratic field is strongly pro-abortion."

According to National Right to Life, Braun only voted pro-life 7% of the time during her term as a U.S. Senator.

Even the New York Times discredited endorsements of Braun’s campaign in a recent editorial, calling it "silly," and stating that it "Trivialized the important role women will play in the coming election."

Braun made political headlines in 1992 when she became the first black female Senator. After she lost the seat in 1998, President Clinton appointed her US ambassador to New Zealand.