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March 1, 2012

Pro-life activist Randall Terry challenges Obama

OKLAHOMA CITY — Having just left Norman and heading to an interview in Chickasha in his touring RV, pro-life activist and icon Randall Terry said he has a good chance to beat incumbent President Barack Obama on the Oklahoma Democratic presidential preference primary ballot on Tuesday.

“I’m doing a 29-city tour in Oklahoma,” Terry said as he drove down the turnpike. “I’m putting all my eggs in the Oklahoma basket.”

At the very least, Terry is hoping for 5 percent of the vote. But if he gets 15 percent or more, he said he could qualify for delegates, which would add to an interesting political dynamic as this political year progresses.

With a scheduled event keeping him in the Sooner State for two weeks, Terry said he has been warmly received by Democrats he has met, particularly those who lean conservative and are not happy with Obama, a president who, he said, firmly believes in abortion rights has a horrible energy policy and is infringing on religious liberty and freedoms.

“I spoke to a group of 30 pastors in Tulsa a few days ago, and they were livid about Obama’s attacks on religious liberties and freedoms,” Terry said.

Anti-abortion advocate

Terry has been a controversial figure in America’s abortion wars for many years now, having founded Operation Rescue and getting national attention in 1991’s “Summer of Mercy” anti-abotion event in Wichita, Kan. In the years since, Terrell has been arrested nearly 50 times in his battles against abortion rights and has written a number of books and recorded two albums of music.

“I know I’ve become a one-dimensional character in the media,” Terry said. “And it’s quite unjust. There are certainly a lot of other issues I am passionate about.”

Terry emphasized his master’s degree in diplomacy and international terrorism and said he remains a “political junkie.”

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