Former Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun made plans to end her White House bid Thursday, leaving an all-male field for the presidency and giving her
support to the democratic front-runner Howard Dean of Vermont.
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 the endorsement of the former senator from Illinois.
"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.
Trippi said Braun 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.
Moseley Braun was elected to the Senate in 1992 but was defeated in a bid for a second term in 1998. She is the only African-American woman to have
served in the Senate. After her Senate defeat, she served as U.S. ambassador to New Zealand.
Dean, meanwhile, on Wednesday trained his rhetorical guns on New Hampshire primary rival Wesley Clark, questioning Clark's credentials as a
"He is a good guy, but I truly believe he is a Republican," Dean said of the retired Army general and former NATO supreme commander who declared
himself a Democrat shortly before entering the presidential race last year.
OP/ED: Braun knew she didn't have a chance, this is quickly turning into a 2 horse race, Clark & Dean, I can't see Kerry giving up, or Edwards.
Kerry really can't afford to, now he's $6 million in debt.
[Edited on 15-1-2004 by Nerdling]