Chuck Todd to Interview Congressional Candidate Clay Aiken

Clay Aiken for Congress starts today!

Clay Aiken formally declared his bid for Congress, setting aside the singing career he launched on TV’s American Idol to run as a Democrat for a North Carolina seat now held by a Republican.

In a video posted Wednesday on You Tube, Aiken alluded to the “golden ticket” that got punched when he was the 2003 runner-up on the reality singing show. He stressed his upbringing by a single mom and his days as a special education teacher in explaining that he wants to serve in Congress for people who don’t have a voice.

“I’m not a politician. I don’t ever want to be one, but I do want to help bring back — at least to my corner of North Carolina — the idea someone can go to Washington to represent all the people, whether they voted for you or not,” Aiken said.

This might be news to Aiken, but if he wins, he becomes a politician. And his I-am-not-a-politician rhetoric is no different than any other candidate who claims I-am-not-a-politician while running for Congress. Aiken says he want to represent ”all the people” but that is impossible. If you’re pro-choice, you won’t ever honestly represent the pro-abortion voters in your district; if you favor increased gun control, you won’t represent Second Amendment voters, etc., etc. etc.

Some areas are gray, but the issues that people are most passionate about are black and white. 

Anyway, Chuck Todd will be interviewing candidate Aiken tomorrow and has asked that you send him your questions for Aiken. So, send away.

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