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June 26th, 2012
10:13 AM ET

Clyde Williams explains why he decided to challenge Rep. Rangel in the New York primary

Democrat Charlie Rangel, the U.S. Representative for New York’s 15th congressional district, is in a fight for his political life. The third-longest serving congressman has been in his position since 1971.

In November 2010 Rangel was weakened by scandal when the Ethics Committee found him guilty of violating House ethics rules.

Former Bill Clinton aide Clyde Williams is running against Rangel in today’s election. Williams tells Early Start’s Ashleigh Banfield that he jumped into the race because he thinks he has the best ideas.

“This election, to me, is not about me it’s not about Charlie Rangel it’s really about the future of our community and who has the best ideas to move our community forward and that’s what I focus on,” says Williams.

Williams says he never brings up the congressman’s ethics issues. Watch more from the interview with Clyde Williams on CNN's "Early Start" in the clip above.


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