Could Alicia Keys be the first black female president of the United States?

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Could Alicia Keys be the first black female president of the United States?


Byline: Chris Garry

COULD Alicia Keys be the first black female president of the United States?

As Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama approaches a likely date with history, RnB star Alicia Keys has admitted she wants to become a politician.

Keys stated she is "very interested" in playing a formal role in politics, perhaps even as a Senator.

But, it won't happen in the near future.

"It's something I have given serious thought to before," Keys said.

"At the moment it's a maybe. If it happens, it will be when I'm older.

"I'm very interested in politics and I want to be more involved, so we'll see."

The chart-topping songstress, who kicks off her Australian tour at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on December 10, is a staunch supporter of Democrat leader Barack Obama.

She even lent her music to his campaign advertisements.

Keys, who is of Jamaican, Italian and Irish descent, said she supported Obama because "he's an inspiration".

"He gives us a fresh start," the New York native said.

"He's intelligent and is so in tune with the people here. We need change." However, Keys was not as kind to Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

"I'm not trying to take away her dignity as a person. I'm sure she could be intelligent, but she is not capable for that position," Keys said.

If the holder of 11 Grammy awards made a successful foray into politics, she would be in a rare class. There are no black female governors in American history and only one black female senator, Carol Moseley-Braun, who served from 1992 to 1998.

America's election will be held on Tuesday and Keys plans on voting first thing in the morning before being glued to the unfolding drama. …

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