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[00:02.92]What a pleasure it is to be here hosting Saturday Night Live,"
[00:07.31]"For me it's a wonderful opportunity to reach out to a broader audience.
[00:11.88]Maybe tonight, people can finally get to know the real Al Sharpton,
[00:16.16]President Al Sharpton."
[00:17.57]The Reverend Al Sharpton does not mind poking fun at himself.
[00:21.89]He knows his chance of winning the presidency in 2004 is slim.
[00:26.39]After making three failed bids for elected office
[00:29.88]- once for mayor of New York City and twice for a Senate seat
[00:33.37]- Al Sharpton is embarking on his first campaign for president with a clear message:
[00:38.38]He says he'll be the one who stands up for minorities,
[00:41.36]the one who speaks out against Republican George W. Bush and the political machine.
[00:46.44]In a recent debate, he brought up the injustice suffered by some
[00:50.54]blacks whose votes were not counted during the 2000 Florida election,
[00:54.86]and criticized Al Gore's endorsement of Democratic rival Howard Dean as "bossism."
[01:00.44]"We waited four years - after some of were disenfranchised,
[01:04.40]after some of us in Duvall county couldn't vote - so we could express ourselves,
[01:08.40]and we're not going to have any big name come in now
[01:11.28]and tell us the field should be limited and we can't be heard," he said.
[01:14.77]"The Republicans ... the Republicans shut us up four years ago,
[01:21.50]Al Gore, no Democrat is going to shut us up today.
[01:24.31]Let the people decide on the nominee.
[01:27.30]Bossism shouldn't happen.
[01:28.99]I know Governor Dean and Al Gore love the Internet
[01:31.76]- www.bossism[.com] doesn't work on my computer."
[01:35.36]If there's one thing about Al Sharpton that most can agree on,
[01:39.83]it's that he is an expert at stirring up emotion.
[01:41.58]The controversial black leader gained notoriety in 1987
[01:45.54]when he came to the defense of a black teenager named Tawana Brawley,
[01:49.43]who claimed she was raped by several white men
[01:52.13]- a claim that was later revealed to be a hoax.
[01:54.97]After a young black man was murdered in a Jewish section of Brooklyn in 1989,
[02:00.15]Mr. Sharpton led racially charged protests in the streets.
[02:00.23]And when a West African immigrant named Amadou Diallo was shot
[02:04.41]41 times by white police officers who suspected him of reaching for a gun,
[02:09.34]Mr. Sharpton waged a public campaign against
[02:11.90]the police practice of racial profiling.
[02:14.49]Kadiatou Diallo, the mother of the slain Amadou Diallo,
[02:18.88]won't say whether she supports Al Sharpton's bid for the presidency.
[02:22.88]But she does say his ability to bring attention to
[02:25.61]a cause is something that sets him apart.
[02:28.31]"I think for civil rights causes - he advocate(s) that all the time -
[02:34.54]to bring the public awareness around an issue he is effective on that,
[02:40.62]and I think it's a good thing to really have a unique voice
[02:45.74]for people in the minority communities," she said.
[02:49.23]Minority communities, particularly in New York,
[02:52.00]are where Al Sharpton draws most of his support. As a young boy,
[02:56.07]the Brooklyn native had a love for preaching in front of friends and family members,
[03:00.35]and he was ordained as a minister at the age of ten.
[03:03.56]Much of his presidential campaigning so far has involved making television
[03:08.16]appearances and delivering guest sermons at various black well-received.
[03:16.59]In those appearances, Al Sharpton encourages blacks to register to vote.
[03:21.05]He supports tax cuts for the poor and middle class, abortion rights,
[03:25.55]better health care coverage and gay marriage.
[03:28.68]He takes a particularly strong stand against the U.S.
[03:31.89]occupation of Iraq. "I am opposed to occupation.
[03:35.78]I think it is an oxymoron
[03:37.97]to say you are against the war but for occupation," he said.
[03:41.25]"That's like somebody breaking in your house and you call the police and say,
[03:45.86]'They have broken in to you, but they can stay here.'"
[03:48.41]Al Sharpton's one-liners and his comedian's
[03:51.08]sense of timing make him a likeable person,
[03:53.56]but voter polls show he has only a small following.
[03:56.98]According to one recent poll surveying 1,300 registered voters nationwide,
[04:02.27]only five percent said they would like to see
[04:04.58]Al Sharpton win the Democratic nomination.
[04:07.46]Even among African-Americans, support for Al Sharpton is minimal.
[04:12.06]The most recent poll conducted by the Joint
[04:14.62]Center for Political and Economic Studies,
[04:17.10]which conducts research on policy issues of concern to minorities,
[04:21.21]revealed just 37 percent of African-Americans have a favorable view of Al Sharpton.
[04:27.29]David Bositis, an analyst with the Joint Center,
[04:27.44]says Al Sharpton hasn't been able to extend his base of supporters
[04:31.32]beyond the northeastern United States,
[04:33.70]and as a candidate, he won't be able to
[04:35.79]come close to the last black candidate to run for president, Jesse Jackson.
[04:40.25]"This is not an issue election.
[04:42.23]The main thing that African-Americans want is to replace George W. Bush," he said.
[04:46.95]"That's it. Period.
[04:48.96]And all of the Democratic candidates will be acceptable
[04:53.39]so long as they potentially can fit that bill.
[04:56.96]Al Sharpton is obviously not going to fit that bill."
[04:59.44]But the possibility of losing doesn't faze Al Sharpton.
[05:03.04]He is pushing forward, framing his campaign as a movement.
[05:07.11]"Sharpton's New York campaign will be the setting again of the plate
[05:13.12]that will not only affect '04, but will affect '05, will affect '06
[05:19.53]on into the new millennium," he said.
[05:21.40]"This is the beginning of a movement that will unite
[05:25.58]blacks, whites and Latinos to retake this city and
[05:30.11]state to move on toward progressive politics."
[05:33.24]The notion of such a movement,
[05:34.76]and the potential for a ground-swell of influence by black voters
[05:38.36]united for the same cause is what draws New Yorker
[05:41.63]Jim Greene to support Al Sharpton's message.
[05:44.80]"I'm not voting for Al Sharpton, I'm voting for the movement, all right?
[05:47.82]The other people are candidates, what are their real goals?
[05:50.34]You see Al Sharpton's got a movement here going," he said.
[05:52.25]"I would like to compare what Al Sharpton is doing right now
[05:54.34]with the birth of the conservative party for example, okay?
[05:57.04]You start off not wanting to win but you make a point.
[05:59.74]So it became such that when election time came, your endorsement became critical."
[06:05.10]Some election observers believe that Al Sharpton is running
[06:08.09]purely to improve his public image.which is, after all, what he does best.
[06:10.47]Others say he won't have any impact on the outcome of the race.
[06:14.28]But one thing is certain - Al Sharpton will us
[06:17.38]his campaign to raise the volume of minority voices in the United States,
[06:21.99]which is, after all, what he does best.

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