updated 2/9/2006 6:35:41 PM ET 2006-02-09T23:35:41

Peace activist Cindy Sheehan said Thursday she will not run against U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein in the Democratic primary.

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Sheehan, who camped outside President Bush’s ranch in Texas to protest the Iraq war, said she won’t challenge the state’s senior senator even though she thinks Feinstein hasn’t done enough to oppose the war. Sheehan’s 24-year-old son was killed in Iraq in 2004.

“I think I’m more effective on the outside than on the inside,” Sheehan said.

During a trip to Venezuela last month, Sheehan said supporters had encouraged her to take on Feinstein in the June primary.

Sheehan, 48, was arrested last week before Bush’s State of the Union address and ejected from the House gallery on a charge of unlawful conduct for wearing a T-shirt with an antiwar message. Capitol Police later dropped the charge, but Sheehan said Thursday she plans to sue over the incident.

Sheehan also said she plans to pitch her tent outside the president’s ranch in April.

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