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Carol Moseley Braun
United States Ambassador to Samoa
In office
February 8, 2000 â€“ March 1, 2001
President Bill Clinton
George W. Bush
Preceded by Joe Beeman
Succeeded by Philip Wall (Acting)
United States Ambassador to New Zealand
In office
December 15, 1999 â€“ March 1, 2001
President Bill Clinton
George W. Bush
Preceded by Joe Beeman
Succeeded by Philip Wall (Acting)
United States Senator
from Illinois
In office
January 3, 1993 â€“ January 3, 1999
Preceded by Alan Dixon
Succeeded by Peter Fitzgerald
Recorder of Deeds of Cook County
In office
December 1, 1988 â€“ December 1, 1992
Preceded by Bus Yourell
Succeeded by Jesse White
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 25th district
In office
January 12, 1983 â€“ December 1, 1988
Preceded by Constituency established
Succeeded by Donne Trotter
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 24th district
In office
January 5, 1979 â€“ January 12, 1983
Preceded by Robert Mann
Succeeded by Constituency abolished
Personal details
Born Carol Elizabeth Moseley
(1947-08-16) August 16, 1947 (age 69)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Michael Braun (1973–1986)
Children Matthew John
Alma mater University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
University of Illinois, Chicago
University of Chicago
Religion Episcopalianism
(Formerly Roman Catholicism)[1]

I was the only person of color in the Senate, and my colleagues were Strom Thurmond, Jesse Helms and Trent Lott.
Carol Moseley Braun
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.
Carol Moseley Braun
We're failing our children with education, we're failing our environment.
Carol Moseley Braun
New Zealand, by the way, where I was ambassador, has had two women prime ministers – one from either party.
Carol Moseley Braun
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.
Carol Moseley Braun
Bush is giving the rich a tax cut instead of putting that cut in the pockets of working people.
Carol Moseley Braun
I think Americans want to believe in this country again.
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.
Carol Moseley Braun
I was very productive as a senator for my state.
I'm a results-oriented person and my Senate record shows that.
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.
Carol Moseley Braun
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.
Carol Moseley Braun
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.
Carol Moseley Braun
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.
Carol Moseley Braun
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.
Carol Moseley Braun
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.
Carol Moseley Braun
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.
Carol Moseley Braun
I want people who believe in my message and where I am on issues to support me.
Carol Moseley Braun
Magic lies in challenging what seems impossible.
I'm committed to universal health coverage and education.
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.
Carol Moseley Braun
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.
Carol Moseley Braun
If we can rebuild Iraq, we can rebuild Illinois and Indiana and if we can do Baghdad, we can do Baltimore.
Carol Moseley Braun
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.
Carol Moseley Braun
Well, if you pick a fight with somebody that's smaller than you and you beat them, where's the honor in that?
Carol Moseley Braun
I believe that our message of rebuilding America is one that will resonate with the American people.
Carol Moseley Braun
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.
Carol Moseley Braun
I want to rebuild America.
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.
Carol Moseley Braun
Illinois has less than a 12 percent black population and I won with 55 percent of the vote.
Carol Moseley Braun
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.
Carol Moseley Braun
We must invest in infrastructure development and rebuilding communities to create jobs.
Carol Moseley Braun
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.
Carol Moseley Braun
It's not impossible for a woman - a Black woman - to become President.
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.
Carol Moseley Braun