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Sharpton Declares Presidential Candidacy

Monday, 21 May 2001 12:00 AM

Sharpton said the idea of running for president came to him during a recent visit to the Sudan. The reverend said it was there that he began thinking about the controversial Florida electoral standoff following the 2000 presidential election and decided he would run in 2004.

"I feel that the Democratic Party must be challenged in 2004 because it didn't fight aggressively to protect our voting rights in Florida," Sharpton told Time. "I think we need to look at running a black in the primary. I have said I would be available to do it."

Sharpton denied that he is trying to capitalize on Rev. Jesse Jackson's waning popularity to promote his candidacy. In January, the National Enquirer reported that Jackson had fathered an out-of-wedlock child with Karin Stanford, head of the Washington office of his Rainbow/Push Coalition during much of their four-year affair.

"I'm not one to think that Rev. Jackson's finished," he said. "I'm not trying to take advantage of his travail. My rise is not at Jesse's expense. If I'm rising it's because I've done the work on issues like police brutality that affect huge numbers of our people."

Sharpton ran for the U.S. Senate in New York in 1994 and three years later ran for mayor of New York City.

Copyright 2001 by United Press International.

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