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Rep. Rangel: 'Fired up and ready to fight' in today's NY Democratic primary

(CNN) - Rep. Charlie Rangel is fighting for the Democratic nomination in a newly redrawn New York district after a more than four-decade-long congressional career.

He has been one of the most high-profile lawmakers who hit a low point in 2010 after his censure on the House floor.

The 21-term representative is locked in a five-way race Tuesday for the nomination in his Harlem-area district that now has more Latino-Americans than African-Americans, a shift that has no doubt helped Rangel's fiercest competition, New York state Sen. Adriano Espaillat.

On Starting Point this morning, Rep. Rangel responds to critics of his ethics record and explains why he is passionate about continuing his political career.

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