Ruben Studdard has stepped up in defense of Clay Aiken, who is making a run to represent North Carolina's Second Congressional District.
Studdard, who competed against Aiken on the second season of American Idol, was responding to allegations made by Aiken's opponent that he had a poor attendance record on a presidential commission eight years ago and that the North Carolina native was not being committed to the causes of special needs children. Studdard made it known he will not stand by idly "while someone attacked my friend in an area where he has such an incredible track record of doing so much good for so many children.
"Truth is, Clay's dedicated his life to people with disabilities," said Studdard in a television spot released by Aiken's campaign. "He received his college degree in special education. He taught children with autism. And Clay agreed to support the presidential commission to help people with intellectual disabilities because he believed so strongly in its work."