Carol Moseley–Braun visits RVC

“We’re here to take the ‘Men Only’ sign off the White House door,” Carol Moseley-Braun asserted during her Dec. 2 visit to Rock Valley College.

The long-time Democrat came to the Woodward Technology Center to speak with students, faculty, and community residents about her political beliefs and gain support for her campaign.

The majority of Moseley-Braun’s 25-minute speech concentrated on the role of women in American history and the challenges past female presidential candidates faced.

“Our country is just coming to the point where, I believe, it is ready to embrace the notion that women have something to contribute, and women actually have the capacity to lead,” Moseley-Braun said.

After her speech, Moseley Braun answered a variety of questions from the audience. She stressed the importance of diversity to utilize the talents of all members of society.

“It’s about expanding our democracy, expanding opportunity, and building a more inclusionary society,” explained Moseley-Braun.

Moseley-Braun also discussed her plans for establishing a single-payer health care program that would provide universal and comprehensive coverage for all citizens. Additionally, she supports same-sex marriages because “the law has no right to limit a person’s personal options.” Moseley-Braun also approves of late-term abortions to ensure the safety of the mother’s life.

The candidate addressed a number of environmental issues as well. She believes in pursuing alternative energy sources, such as ethanol.

“It’s essential that we free ourselves from dependence on foreign oil and particularly oil coming out of the Middle East,” Moseley-Braun said.

Moseley Braun has held several political offices during her career. In 1978 she was elected to the Illinois General Assembly. She made history in 1992 by becoming a U.S. Senator from Illinois. This victory gave her the titles of first female senator from Illinois, first black female senator and first black Democratic senator. She served a single six-year term, and after losing re-election, became a U.S. Ambassador in 1999. Braun traveled to New Zealand, Samoa, the Cook Islands and Antarctica before returning to the U.S. in 2001. She went on to teach law and political science at Morris Brown College and DePaul University in Chicago.

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