Al Sharpton considering 2008 bid


By The Associated Press Tue Jan 9, 8:01 AM ET

Civil rights activist Al Sharpton said Monday he is seriously considering a run for president. “I don’t hear any reason not to,” Sharpton, 52, said in an interview during an urban affairs conference sponsored by another civil rights leader, the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

“If we’re talking about the urban agenda, can you tell me anybody else in the field who’s representing that right now?” Sharpton asked. “We clearly have a reason to run, and whether we do it or not we’ll see over the next couple of months.”

Sharpton mounted a long-shot bid for the White House in 2004, in which his wit and fiery denunciation of President Bush often enlivened Democratic primary debates. He dropped out of the race after losing several state primaries and endorsed the eventual nominee, Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry.

Despite widespread interest in the likely candidacy of another influential black Democrat, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama (news, bio, voting record), Sharpton said he’s heard little substantive discussion of issues that might influence his decision about running.

“Right now we’re hearing a lot of media razzle dazzle,” Sharpton said. “I’m not hearing a lot of meat, or a lot of content. I think when the meat hits the fire, we’ll find out if it’s just fat or if there’s some real meat there.”


9 thoughts on “Al Sharpton considering 2008 bid

  1. May I submit that I think this is a crazy, possibly counter-productive idea. But crazy and counter-productive have never gotten in the way of Sharpton and his ego.

  2. Jill,

    Bear with me, I don’t think it will happen. He’d have to give up his radio show and the income that goes along with it, but I think a brief Shapton “run” would be just what the Doctor ordered to keep Obama on the straight and narrow.

  3. On NY1 (news cable station in NYC) Al Sharpton said that Barack Obama couldn’t take black support forgranted if he ran for President. But I guess Al doesn’t have to worry about black support because he speaks for all blacks (excepting Oprah, Barack, Colin, Tyra, Condi and me.)

    But I want to know what concrete progress was gained from Al’s last run for President except him getting to meet Paris Hilton when he hosted SNL?

  4. jim

    I’m getting sick and tired of this guy…why isn’t he all over Akon and the act of simulated rape. I think he doesn’t realy care..because he’s black…he has his own agenda for profit…Wolf in Sheeps clothing…complete fraud..and anybody who agrees with this man is just the same…shame on him…he knows exactly what he’s doing.

  5. steven

    Why hasnt Al Shaprton spoken out against the five adult black males and one adult black female who recently carjacked, kidnapped, raped, tortured, killed and mutilated the bodies of a young white couple? could it be because the accussed are black and not white? no that could not be it, Al would never treat someone different based on race!!!!

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