Carol Moseley Braun

(Carol Elizabeth Moseley Braun)

Carol Moseley Braun
Carol Moseley Braun
  • Born: August 16, 1947
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician

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Carol Elizabeth Moseley Braun, also sometimes Moseley-Braun, is an American diplomat, politician and lawyer who represented Illinois in the United States Senate from 1993 to 1999. She was the first female African-American Senator, the first African-American U.S. Senator for the Democratic Party, the first woman to defeat an incumbent U.S. Senator in an election, and the first female Senator from Illinois. She was the only female U.S. Senator from Illinois until Tammy Duckworth who became the U.S. Senator from Illinois in January 2017. From 1999 until 2001, she was the United States Ambassador to New Zealand. She was a candidate for the Democratic nomination during the 2004 U.S. presidential election. Following the public announcement by Richard M. Daley that he would not seek re-election, in November 2010, Braun began her campaign for Mayor of Chicago. The former Senator placed fourth in a field of six candidates, losing the February 22, 2011, election to Rahm Emanuel.

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At some level I've got to have a private life. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
My New Year's resolution is to make sure I genuflect appropriately before the Chicago media on everything I do. Media, Journalism & The Press
All I really want to be is boring. When people talk about me, I'd like them to say, Carol's basically a short Bill Bradley. Or, Carol's kind of like Al Gore in a skirt.
And frankly, being a woman I think gives me a slightly different take on a lot of the issues and on a lot of the solutions to the problems we face.
Bush is giving the rich a tax cut instead of putting that cut in the pockets of working people.
I believe that our message of rebuilding America is one that will resonate with the American people.
I really think that's the key, part of the spiritual renewal that America needs to have, the notion that we really can have confidence in a better tomorrow.
I think Americans want to believe in this country again.
I think if we are actually going to accept our generation's responsibility, that's going to mean that we give our children no less retirement security than we inherited from our parents.
I think it does suggest that the American people really do want to listen to somebody who actually has some solutions, some answers, and gives them some hope. Hope
I think that we have a responsibility to make certain that we are fiscally responsible in order to assure, frankly, future generations don't have to pay our bills. Future
I think the legacy of the civil rights movement is that now whites are more open to being represented by people of color or people who are women or, again, non-traditional candidates. Women
I want people who believe in my message and where I am on issues to support me.
I want to rebuild America.
I was the only person of color in the Senate, and my colleagues were Strom Thurmond, Jesse Helms and Trent Lott.
I was very productive as a senator for my state.
I'd come back after having served as ambassador to New Zealand and found that I had real concerns about the direction in which this country was headed.
If we can rebuild Iraq, we can rebuild Illinois and Indiana and if we can do Baghdad, we can do Baltimore.
Illinois has less than a 12 percent black population and I won with 55 percent of the vote.
I'm a results-oriented person and my Senate record shows that.
I'm committed to universal health coverage and education. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Health, Healthcare & Medicine
I'm used to people not paying me a whole lot of attention and underestimating me and, frankly, for me a big challenge is to have people believe that I can be the president of the United States.
It's not impossible for a woman - a Black woman - to become President.
Magic lies in challenging what seems impossible.
New Zealand, by the way, where I was ambassador, has had two women prime ministers - one from either party. Women
People just want to hear some common sense... and I bring to bear the experience in local government and state government and national government - I was the first woman in history on the Senate Finance Committee - not to mention the diplomatic international experience. History ;Business, Commerce & Finance
So I think that if we want to have a Congress, if we want to have government that looks like America, if we want to have government that is truly a representative Democracy, then we need to clearly address how we get our campaign laws out of the way of Democracy. Government
The fact is that the diversity in this political class serves the same interest as diversity in any arena, which is it stirs the competitive pot.
The failure in Ohio to have adequate voting capacity for the people who were registered and eligible to vote was an absolute denial of their right to vote. Failure
The notion that we won the war against Iraq is like saying we won a war against Arizona. I mean, the fact of the matter is it's not that big of a country. Nobody, I don't think, had any notion that we would do anything but win it. War & Peace
The really important victory of the civil rights movement was that it made racism unpopular, whereas a generation ago at the turn of the last century, you had to embrace racism to get elected to anything.
The reason that minorities and women don't have a better shot at getting elected to the Senate or to statewide office is because the campaign finance rules are so skewed as to make it very difficult for non-traditional candidates to raise the money necessary to get elected. Women ;Business, Commerce & Finance ;Money, Coins & Minting
There are a number of steps that we can take to reinvigorate and rebuild the economic and the physical infrastructure of our country and then to rebuild us, frankly, on a spiritual level.
To me, that means getting back to the point where our Constitution means that you don't tap people's phones and poke into their e-mail and you don't arrest people and keep them hidden for a year and a half without charging them.
We must invest in infrastructure development and rebuilding communities to create jobs.
Well, if you pick a fight with somebody that's smaller than you and you beat them, where's the honor in that?
We're failing our children with education, we're failing our environment. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training

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