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Audio – Picking the American President
With Presidential primary season inching closer to a conclusion and the “Super Bowl” of U.S. politics about ready to kick off, Rev. Jesse Jackson gave his thoughts as to where things stand for Democratic candidates Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton.
Speaking at the Reuters Housing Summit in New York, Democrat Jackson said that both candidates had qualities that he believed would serve them well in the general election. Jackson, an unsuccessful candidate for president in 1988, said he thought Obama, despite having a shorter political career than Clinton, was qualified for the Oval Office.
Jackson is president and founder of Chicago-based civil rights organization Rainbow PUSH Coalition Inc. He was a key player in the U.S. civil rights movement in the 1960s.
Winning the Presidency is no sure thing for either Clinton or Obama and he warned there would be challenges both candidates would face in the run for the presidency.
Jackson was one of the featured guests at this year’s Housing Summit, which continues through Friday in New York City, London and Washington, D.C.