Boxing promoter Don King brought his flag-waving, rhinestone-wearing, Bible-quoting flair to Senate candidate Michael S. Steele's campaign yesterday, imploring black voters in particular to act as "apostles" in turning out next month for the African American candidate.But wait, it gets better...
"We're talking about Maryland. We're not talking about Democrats or Republicans," said King, who teamed up with Steele in 2004 to campaign for President Bush.
King quickly pounced on what he considered a dearth of diversity at the top of the Democratic ticket in Maryland, lamenting former NAACP president Kweisi Mfume's second-place finish in the party's U.S. Senate primary last month.
"The change will come if you find a black that is qualified," King said of Steele. "We'll put some color in that Senate that will give them an identification and a relation with those who have been the left-outs. What we want to do is to be included."
King unabashedly professed his love for Bush for putting blacks in prominent positions in his administration. Throughout the campaign, Steele's Democratic opponent, Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin , has tried to use Steele's connections to the unpopular president against him.
When asked whether he shared King's love for Bush, Steele turned to the Bible: "My mother taught me as a young boy to love my neighbor as myself."
U.S. Senate candidate Michael S. Steele garnered support from an unlikely source Monday -- former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson.Wow. Just... wow. Interesting constituency Steele is courting there.
At the news conference in Ohio, where he will return to the ring Friday night, Tyson wore a white-and-blue "Steele for U.S. Senate" T-shirt as he posed for photos with fans and signed autographs.
Tyson said he used to believe black Republicans were "sellouts," but he said he changed his mind after researching the Maryland lieutenant governor.
Tyson, 40, said fans should not expect much of a fight when he steps back into the ring, but he promised an entertaining show Friday night when he launches the "Mike Tyson's World Tour" in Youngstown.
At a news conference at an Italian restaurant, Tyson said he would likely go just four rounds and that future stops on the tour might include bouts with women, possibly professional boxer Ann Wolfe.
Wolfe, from Waco, Texas, is 21-1 with 15 knockouts.
"She's such a prominent, dominant woman in the boxing field," Tyson said.
When asked if he was joking about fighting women, Tyson said, "I'm very serious."