By Adele Hampton - 06/26/12 01:45 PM EDT
"I'm not the kind of guy to be sitting as a spectator kicking in and cursing out the television," he said. "There's a job to be done. I was there in the beginning to start it ... and I want to make sure I'm there to finish this job for the good of all of us.
While health woes have plagued the former House Ways and Means Committee chairman, Rangel kept a positive outlook on his prospects.
"Let me make it abundantly clear, that while I have been sick and my opponent announced while I was in the hospital, there's nothing wrong with me today," he said. "I got a clean bill of health and I'm ready for the fight. I'm fired up and I'm ready to go."