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BET NEWS SITS DOWN WITH 2008 PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFULS FOR A SERIES OF SPECIALS ENTITLED "WHAT’S IN IT FOR US?"

As part of Networks’ 2008 national election coverage, sits down with the 2008 presidential hopefuls for a series of compelling interviews titled “WHAT’S IN IT FOR ?” For the premiere special, speaks with the man on a mission to become the first Black man in the White House, Senator , in the half-hour special WHAT’S IN IT FOR US? OBAMA AND THE BLACK , premiering Tuesday, January 8 at 10:00 p.m. /. The second special WHAT’S IN IT FOR US? HILLARY CLINTON AND THE BLACK VOTE will air on Tuesday, January 15 at 10:00 p.m. /PT.

In the premiere special, BET News correspondent Jeff Johnson sits with in a revealing interview that provides a rare glimpse into the Illinois Senator’s life, his family and his political aspirations as he embarks on an impressive quest to change the complexion of politics forever. Through this enlightening BET News special, viewers will hear ’s thoughts on topics ranging from the U.S. education system, the criminal justice system and immigration. It also explores what being “Black enough” really means, the African American electorate and even the Senator’s personal thoughts on and what is playing on his iPod.

In the second special, Johnson sits down with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, the woman who once stood before America in the East Wing and is now looking to lead America in the West Wing and become the first female Command er-in-Chief. Viewers will get a glimpse into ’s thoughts on her rivals, her passions, and what sets her apart. Also, ’s campaign ace has been husband Bill Clinton, and his presidency endeared them both to African Americans. Will her husband ‘s influence and connection with the Black community be enough to earn her the Black vote and give her a win?