Rev. Jesse Jackson on the 2012 Election, His Son's Health
Rev. Jesse Jackson joined Neil Cavuto to weigh in on the health of his son, the upcoming Democratic Convention and the 2012 election. Jackson has mentioned that his son suffers from bipolar disorder, and says that whether he will continue on the campaign trail is “a decision that he and his doctors have to make. His health care is first, and I don’t want to be anything in this but a father that’s, like his mother, loving and available to him...”
On the question of whether the Obama/Biden ticket is under pressure in lieu of tight poll numbers, Jackson thinks “[President Obama] has had to overcome some tremendous odds. One interestingly enough is
fighting, I think, the right to vote, which is the most fundamental of all of the rights. You know, we’re in Charlotte, North Carolina today. This is a new south – it’s a new south because the marches and civil rights activists were successful in opening up the south to voting rights, so blacks, Latinos, women can vote.”
On the issue of voting rights and the GOP wanting people to show proof of ID at the polls, Rev. Jackson said its “a terrible inconvenience that limits peoples’ access,” but not racist to want to ask for such identification.
He does however, think that racism is “alive and well” in the country, but that people who are looking to abolish it are also "alive and well." He said, “In this struggle to be a better nation, we see breakthroughs, and that is the hope of becoming less racist and fairer that makes us better.”
The reverend also weighed in on the upcoming Democratic Convention and the 2012 election, saying the president will “ride on his forward theme” of accomplishments, like health care and bringing troops home from Iraq.