(CNSNews,com) - In what must be considered the political odd couple of the year, left wing developmental psychologist and former presidential candidate Leonora Fulani announced she is endorsing Pat Buchanan for the Reform party presidential nomination.
Fulani told a Washington news conference Thursday she and Buchanan have "a common interest in overthrowing the traditional political terms. We both like a good fight. Until we reform the political process itself, until we get the big money out and the little people in, you can't have any kind of serious policy debate. This is particularly true for black America."
But Fulani emphasized she and Buchanan would set aside but not abandon their political differences during Buchanan's campaign. "In traditional political terms, Pat Buchanan stands for all the things that black progressives such as myself revile. In traditional political terms, I'm certain Pat would say the same about me."
Fulani is a founding member of the Reform party who has run for president as the New Alliance party candidate. She will co-chair Buchanan's campaign.
"Black leaders," Fulani said, "like Reverend Jesse Jackson and Reverend Al Sharpton, not to mention virtually every black elected official in the country, have insisted that the partisan divide and the ideological divide as prescribed by the Democratic Party remain the Mason-Dixon line of American politics. But I refuse to stand behind that line because I believe that until black America can be independent it cannot be free."
Fulani believes Buchanan and the Reform party offer the black community the opportunity to join in new alliances, "in particular, in an alliance with white blue collar Americans. With so many black Americans unemployed or underemployed, you might call it a blue collar, no collar coalition. And if we break the collar barrier, by bringing these two populations together, we will have also broken the color barrier that divides the American people to this day."
"The American Left," Fulani said, "like the black establishment . . . refuse to take seriously the need to build an independent movement. They won't partner up with politically incorrect allies, which is just what you need to do if you're going to go up against the corruption of the two party system."
Fulani thinks Pat Buchanan couldn't be more "politically incorrect. . . . He comes into this campaign with little connection to black America or to American progressivism. If anything, he is suspect. Pat Buchanan is not a racist or a fascist or a bigot. He is not a hater. He has great passion for America and a great disgust for the institutions that oppress ordinary Americans. Like me, Pat can't stand hypocrisy. If there's one thing that black America needs, it's an end to hypocrisy."
Fulani also announced she will be taking Buchanan to Harlem in the near future. She said Buchanan will speak on Reverend Al Sharpton's National Action Network. "And this meeting won't have to be a secret, like the one Al Gore had, or the one Hillary Clinton is going to have," Fulani said.
At the same news conference, Buchanan called Fulani's endorsement "a great step for the Buchanan Reform campaign."
Buchanan went on to say, "I expect that for many folks this endorsement comes as a surprise. I'm a conservative who worked for Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, and my views on core issues have not changed. "
Acknowledging that Fulani "comes from the left," Buchanan emphasized that they have one important thing in common. "We recognize there are tens of millions of people in this country who haven't participated in the great stock market boom, whose salaries in real terms haven't risen in 25 years and who feel shut out of the political system."
Buchanan also said Fulani is committed to "political reform. . . . to getting people who haven't been participating involved, to breaking the stranglehold on debate exercised by the two Beltway parties."