Jesse Jackson endorses Gore for president
LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- Two-time presidential candidate and African-American
leader Jesse Jackson threw his support behind the candidacy of Vice President
Al Gore on Wednesday, calling him the "most qualified and experienced candidate in
"He brings to the table a body of invaluable accomplishments as a former
congressman, senator and vice president," said Jackson in a written statement.
Jackson, who ran against Gore in 1988 for the Democratic presidential
nomination, noted Gore's accomplishments on issues such as economic growth, civil rights and
education as reasons for his endorsement.
"He has stood for the inclusion of all segments of our society under the
law; women, gender equality, workers' rights to organize, and civil rights for
the least able," Jackson said.
"He steadfastly shunned the demagoguery in the South of the confederate
flag just as he denounced the appealing to race supremacy and religious bigotry
of Bob Jones University," he added.
"We must go forward by our hopes and dreams and not backwards by our fears
and cynicisms. Vice President Al Gore will do just that and I look forward to
supporting him on this new journey."