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Born November 15, 1949, in Racine, Wisconsin. Mr. Morales was a City Council member in Crandall, Texas, and the first Mexican American Democratic Party nominee for the U.S. Senate in the General Election in 1996. He sought election to the 5th Congressional District seat in 1998, and in 2002 sought the Democratic Party's nomination for United States Senate. Mr. Morales is a graduate of Texas A & I University in Kingsville where he earned a Bachelor's degree in physical education. He has taught in Texas public schools since 1977.
Mr. Morales talks about his family history and genealogy. He recollects incidences of race discrimination practices directed toward him when a youth including one in which he was severely beaten by his coach. He tells why he decided to join the Navy reserves and describes Vietnam War activities he was involved in after his unit was activated. He talks about utilizing the G. I. Bill to finish his college degree at Texas A & I University upon leaving military duty. He elaborates upon his love of music, dance, and reading and, he describes the different types of dancing he especially enjoys. Mr. Morales talks about touring as a partner with a professional dance instructor in national dancing competitions throughout the United States and why he turned down an opportunity to become a professional dancer. He gives details about his early teaching career in the Dallas schools and other public schools in Texas. Mr. Morales explains his reasons for seeking public elected office, and he talks about the challenges he faces from the media, fellow Democrats, Mexican American factions, and family as a Democratic Party non-conventional candidate. He describes his political grassroots campaign style and difficulties raising money. Mr. Morales concludes the interview with comments about Texas Senator Phil Gramm and explains his decision to run against him for the U. S. Senate in 1996.
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