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REP. WATTS TO SEEK FOURTH TERM DESPITE HIS THREE-TERM PLEDGE

Despite his pledge to serve only three terms, Rep. J.C. Watts Jr. announced Monday that he would run for a fourth term.

"Regardless of what I said in 1994, I will stand for re-election for the citizens of the Fourth District of Oklahoma and let them judge me on Election Day," Watts said.

Watts, the only black Republican member of Congress, said he believed his constituents liked what Congress has accomplished since the mid-1990s, including welfare reform and a balanced budget. "But we think much more needs to be done," Watts said at a news conference.

Watts, 42, had a fast ride to the party's top echelon after his election among the Republicans' conservative class of 1994.

He spoke during the 1996 GOP presidential convention, gave the party's response to the State of the Union address in 1997, and in 1998, he was named chairman of the Republican Conference.

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