When Jesse Speaks,
"Don't let this moment pass. This vote is about more scholarships,
it's about more aid, less tuiton and fewer student loans. It's about
educating young America. It's about hope."
Seizing the opportunity to appeal to young Texas voters, Rev.
Jesse Jackson urged UH students to strengthen the tottering
structure of this country by voting for Bill Clinton.
"We need healing and we
need rebuilding. The source of
that strength must come from
you," said Jackson, who served as
a District of Columbia delegate to
the Senate and who had twice
tossed his hat into the ring for the
In two informal speeches,
delivered at the UC Arbor and on
the Texas Southern University
campus, he stirred up the crowds-
-about 200 people at each appearance.
Jackson, considered a major force in the Democratic Party,
founded The Rainbow Coalition,
a group comprised of various
ethnicities. The casual slacks and
leather jackets he once donned
had been replaced by business
suits. Many remembered the photograph taken during Martin
Luther Kings' funeral procession,
which showed a younger Jackson
taking his place behind the slain
Jackson did not resist the
temptation to discredit President
George Bush and Vice President
Dan Quayle. "Our families come
apart. Once our families' need
have been undercut, then they
talk down to use about family
values," he said. "It's time for a
In his attack on Republicans, Jackson spoke about what
he considered the failures of an
anti-big government administration.
"Look around us today.
The central theme in our country
is pain," he said. Ten million
Americans are unemployed, one
in 10 is on food stamps, plants
are closing, jobs are leaving and
U.S. government money is used
to subsidize the export of jobs out
of this country."
Jackson also criticized
Bush for claiming he was "out of
the loop" with regards to the Iran-
"Bush knew in detail about
Irangate and Iraqgate. He says he
was not in the loop, well he's
right," said Jackson, preparing the
enthusiastic supporters for one
of his trademark one liners. "He
was not in the loop, he's in the
soup and we're going to turn up
As he campaigned on behalf of Clinton, Jackson seemed
at ease assuming a role less visible than the roles he had in
former Massachusetts Gov.
Michael Dukakis' and former Vice
President Fritz Mondale's campaigns in 1988 and 1984.
"Don't make the mistake of
saying there's no difference between Clinton and Bush," he told
a standing audience assembled at
Rev. Jesse Jackson urged students and other
registered voters to elect Bill Clinton (above)
for president. Jackson spoke at UH and at Texas
Southern University during his visit. Houstonian
"Bill Clinton stands for
raising the minimum wage for
working people, he stands for on-
site same day (voter) registration;
he stand for equal rights and
choice for women, universal day
care for working women and children, the wealthy paying their fair
share of taxes, foreign corporations paying their fair share of
taxes, cutting the military budget
without cutting defense.
"Don't let this moment
pass. This vote is about more
scholarships, it's about more aid,
less tuition and fewer student
loans," Jackson told the UH crowd.
"It's about educating young
America. It's about hope."