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Honoring the 25th Anniversary of Jesse Jackson's Run for the Presidency

November 19, 2009
Floor Statement

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) delivered the following statement today on the House floor, honoring the 25th anniversary of Jesse Jackson's 1984 run for the Presidency:

"Thank you very much.

Mr. Speaker and members, 1984 and 1988 were the proudest and most productive periods of my life.

Jesse Jackson ran for president, both in 1984 and 1988, and I served as national co-chair and the chair of the California campaign.

I was so pleased to be a part of the Rainbow Coalition that he formed, that included African-Americans, Hispanics, Arab-Americans, Asian-Americans, Native Americans, family farmers, the poor and working class, homosexuals as well as white progressives: it truly was a Rainbow Coalition.

Listen to Jesse Jackson's campaign platform: jobs, creating a Works Progress Administration-type program to rebuild America's infrastructure, reversing Reaganomics-inspired tax cuts, cutting the budget of the Department of Defense by as much as 15 percent over the course of his administration, supporting family farmers by reviving many of Roosevelt's New Deal-era platforms, creating a single payer system of universal health care, and applying strict enforcement of the Voting Rights Act.

Jesse Jackson, thank you for the leadership that you provided. It is because of you, and the hope that you created, that has caused Barack Obama to be the president today.

Thank you."