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Carol Moseley Braun dropped out of the race on January 15. (Photo Courtesy Carol Moseley Braun for President 2004)
Carol Moseley Braun

(Carol Moseley Braun dropped out of the race on January 15.)

Age: 56
State: Illinois
Family: one son
Current Job: teaches law and political science at Morris Brown College and DePaul University; also runs a business and legal consultancy practice.

Strengths: Moseley Braun became a political pioneer in 1992 when she won the race for the United States Senate in Illinois, becoming the first female Senator from that state, the first female African-American Senator, and the first African-American Democratic Senator. As a member of Congress from 1992 to 1998, Moseley Braun fought for civil rights and fought against discrimination. She also supported a wide range of legislation, from pushing forward farm initiatives to repairing the nation's neglected schools.

Weaknesses: Moseley Braun left the political arena several years ago, so she has been out of the public eye for quite some time. As a result, her name is certain to be less familiar to voters than other candidates. She faces an uphill battle in trying to become the first female President of the United States.

Best Issues: education, preserving individual liberties protected under the constitution, the economy

"When I was born, African Americans could not vote, and women had little choice in the running of their lives," Moseley Braun said. "The progress of our nation gave me, like many others, the opportunity to excel, and instilled in me the duty to serve. In this campaign, I will listen to those across the nation who are working to renew America's hope. I will voice the American Dream of freedom and opportunity for all—and the prospect of peace, prosperity, and progress that can be ours once again."