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GOP looks to narrow playing field

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Republican U.S. presidential candidates said Sunday it's time to narrow the playing field, otherwise front-runner Mitt Romney will be the party's nominee.

McCain outlines education plans

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 1 (UPI) -- John McCain used a speech before the National Urban League in Florida to pledge support of the Education Equality Project, an educational opportunity program.

Slaves' Capitol efforts to be honored

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- A congressional task force plans a memorial to the black slaves who helped build the U.S. Capitol from the late 1700s to the mid-1800s, a report said.

Former Rep. J.C. Watts to join CNN

ATLANTA, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- J.C. Watts, who was in the House Republican leadership when he was a U.S. representative from Oklahoma, is joining CNN as a political analyst.

'The Travis Smiley Show' returns to PRI

MINNEAPOLIS, April 30 (UPI) -- "The Travis Smiley Show" has returned to public radio in a two-hour program with Maya Angelou, U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and Jill Scott.

GOP's Watts calls on DNC to pull ad

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Republican Rep. J.C. Watts Tuesday asked the Democrats to pull an ad arguing blacks did not benefit from Bush administration policies.

Bush campaign names black steering comm.

WASHINGTON, July 19 (UPI) -- The Bush-Cheney '04 campaign announced the leadership of its African-Americans for Bush coalition effort in Detroit Monday.

Blacks come out for Bush

WASHINGTON, July 16 (UPI) -- The Bush-Cheney campaign Friday announced an effort to woo black voters that will be spearheaded by 80 African-Americans.

J.C. Watts will not seek Nickles' seat

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Former Rep. J.C. Watts said Tuesday that he would not be a candidate for the seat of retiring Sen. Don Nickles, R-Okla.

UPI's Capital Comment for April 29, 2003

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UPI's Capital Comment for Nov. 1, 2002

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Senate, House approve Iraq resolution

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- In a series of votes on Thursday and early Friday, Congress overwhelming approved a resolution that allows the president to take unilateral military action against Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq without conditions except for Congress being informed almos
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How GOP Can Win Black Votes

NEW YORK, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- For the first time in the history of the state of New York, an African-American has gained the nod of one of the major parties to run for the governor's office.
HUGH B. PRICE, A UPI Outside View commentary

UPI's Capital Comment for Sept. 16, 2002

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Former Rep. J.C. Watts (R-OK) stresses a point while speaking to members of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce in Clayton, Mo on July 15, 2004. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)
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J. C. Watts, Jr. (born November 18, 1957) is an American politician from Oklahoma who was a college football quarterback for the Oklahoma Sooners and professionally in the Canadian Football League. Watts served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003 as a Republican, representing the 4th congressional district in south-central Oklahoma. After leaving congress he established a lobbying and consulting firm, served on corporate boards, and worked as a political commentator.

Watts was born and raised in Eufaula, Oklahoma in a rural impoverished neighborhood. After being one of the first children to attend an integrated elementary school, he became a high school quarterback and gained a football scholarship for the University of Oklahoma. He graduated 1981 with a degree in journalism and became a football player in the Canadian Football League until his retirement in 1986.

Watts became a Baptist minister and was elected in 1990 to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission as the first African American in Oklahoma to win statewide office. He successfully ran for Congress in 1994 and was reelected to three additional terms with increasing vote margins. Watts delivered the Republican response to Bill Clinton's 1997 State of the Union address and was elected Chair of the House Republican Conference in 1998. He retired in 2003 and turned to lobbying and business work. He holds the distinction of being the most recent black Republican to serve in the US Congress.

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