Reverend Al Sharpton, a 2004 candidate for the Democrat presidential nomination, plans to play a role in the 2012 Republican race. Sharpton announced plans to open two Iowa chapters of his National Action Network during a press conference Tuesday. One will be based in Des Moines, the other in Waterloo. The group advocates for equality for blacks.
“The candidates, if they come through Iowa, need to raise the solutions they have for the issues,” Sharpton said. “If they come through Iowa and don’t address the high incarceration, don’t address the education budget, don’t address the unfairness in terms of the unemployment, then you have not addressed all of the concerns of all Iowans.”
Sharpton says he is a supporter of Barack Obama, but also stated that his group would not endorse any candidates. TheIowaRepublican.com asked Sharpton for his views on Herman Cain, a fellow black preacher, who is seeking the Republican nomination.
“I think that he should have a fair hearing and I think that he should address all the issues like anyone else,” Sharpton said. “I think from what I’ve seen in the media, I don’t know him, he’s very eloquent and he seems like a very capable candidate. Whether I will end up agreeing with his policies or not, we have to hear all of what he has to say.”
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