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(CBS News) — Last week, two African-American Republicans were elected to Congress: Florida’s Allen West and South Carolina’s Tim Scott. The two men, both backed by the Tea Party, are the first African-American Republicans in the House since J.C. Watts of Oklahoma retired in 2003.  West vowed last week to join the Congressional Black Caucus once he got to Congress – even if the group didn’t want him.  “I plan on joining, I’m not gonna ask for permission or whatever, I’m gonna find out when they meet and I will be a member of the Congressional Black Caucus,” he told WOR radio, as The Hill reports. “I meet all of the criteria, and it’s so important that we break down this monolithic voice that continues to talk about victimization and dependency in the black community.”

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