- The Washington Times - Monday, August 4, 2003

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois yesterday said it is time to elect a woman president to solve the nation’s problems.

“Women tend to be oriented to practical solutions and problem solving,” the Democratic presidential candidate said. “If you want practical solutions that solve multiple problems, turn the job over to a woman. Women deserve a chance to lead.”

Describing herself as a “fiscal conservative who fights for social justice,” she urged voters to look at her record of community activism in Chicago where, she said, she focused on solving day-to-day problems.

She argued that a large federal investment on rebuilding local schools would upgrade the quality of education and create thousands of jobs.

“We can create jobs and stimulate the economy,” Mrs. Moseley Braun said.

The same argument holds true for the environment, where investments in alternative energy generation sources can lessen reliance on foreign oil and spark the economy, she said.

“If we put real effort into environmental technologies, we can not only create new jobs, but whole new industries,” said Mrs. Moseley Braun. “These kinds of solutions represent the kind of creativity that throughout my life I have brought to bear,” she said.

Mrs. Moseley Braun was the latest Democratic presidential candidate to appear at a series of forums sponsored by Sen. Tom Harkin, Iowa Democrat.

Mrs. Moseley Braun has been less active than some of her rivals in the large and active candidate field, with only a handful of appearances in key early states such as Iowa and New Hampshire.

She served one term in the U.S. Senate before losing her bid for a second term in 1998. She was appointed ambassador to New Zealand by President Clinton. While she is less active than other candidates, being a black woman gives her ties to two important constituencies for Democrats — blacks and women.

“The whole community gets to tap into the talent that women and minorities contribute,” said Mrs. Moseley Braun.

At all of the forums, the candidates have been pressed on proposals to revamp the health care system, and Mrs. Moseley Braun offered some of the most sweeping proposals of the nine-candidate field.

She called for a single-payer, government-run system in which coverage is not linked to the workplace.

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