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Cindy Sheehan to run against Pelosi

August 12, 2008|From the Associated Press

Antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan has qualified to run as an independent against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in November's general election.

San Francisco election officials Monday said they have verified enough signatures of registered voters on Sheehan's petitions to qualify her for the ballot.

Sheehan, whose oldest son was killed in Iraq, became a symbol of the antiwar movement when she began a vigil outside President Bush's Texas ranch.

She says Pelosi has failed the country by refusing to cut off funding for the war after Democrats had reclaimed the majority in the 2006 elections.

Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill says the speaker welcomes the challenge.

Hammill said Pelosi has "the highest respect" for Sheehan.

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