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Clay Aiken: 'You might wonder why I'm running for Congress'

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Clay Aiken wants to explain why he's running for Congress in North Carolina.

In a thirty-second Youtube clip, the singer discusses growing up with a mother who'd escaped a violent husband and his work for children with autism.

"[E]very child deserves a chance," Aiken says, "but too many in Washington are letting them down."

The former American Idol runner-up has played up his ties to former president George W. Bush, who appointed Aiken to a presidential commission for children with special needs.

Aiken is running as a Democrat in a deeply red district against the Republican incumbent, Rep. Renee Ellmers.

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