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Harlem, NY - Rep. Charles Rangel: President Obama Needs Me to Stay in Office

Published on: August 30, 2010 11:23 AM
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Harlem, NY - Embattled Rep. Charles Rangel vowed on Sunday to stick around.

“This is no time to retire. It’s time to help our President,” said Rangel - though President Obama recently suggested Rangel should bow out.

Rangel, caught in an ethics scandal that threatens to end his 20-term career,told a Harlem crowd he’s fighting for his survival in Congress at a time when minority-group pols are being undermined. “A lot of people say, ‘Hey, there is a bus. Let’s throw him under it,’” he said.

Rangel said his predecessor, Adam Clayton Powell Jr., worked hard to get him into the inner rooms of Washington power.

“Now they are saying they don’t want you at the meeting,” Rangel said. “I don’t think you should feel comfortable if none of us is at the meeting,” Rangel said to cheers at an event held to promote the city’s new voting machines.

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Last week, Rangel shot back after Obama suggested he retire rather than face a messy ethics trial. “Frankly, he has not been around long enough to determine what my dignity is,” Rangel said of Obama. “For the next two years, I will be more likely to protect his dignity.”



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 Aug 30, 2010 at 01:04 PM 4dr8er Says:

Of course Obama needs Rangel. He needs him to deflect attention away from himself.

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 Aug 30, 2010 at 02:09 PM elmwd Says:

Rangel we THE PEOPLE FROM NEW YOUK need YOU, TO go straight TO JAIL FOR A LONG LONG TIME do not collect $200.00

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 Aug 30, 2010 at 10:18 PM Q Says:

Reply to #1  
4dr8er Says:

Of course Obama needs Rangel. He needs him to deflect attention away from himself.

Sure Obama needs him. Like Custer needed Indians.

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 Aug 31, 2010 at 10:28 AM ALLAN Says:

#2 I tried but could not think of what a better way of saying what you said...great comment...thank you!

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