Friday, January 19, 2007
Racism, personal safety factors in Obama's deliberations
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Jesse Jackson says that as he shares fond memories of his 1984 and 1988 presidential campaigns with Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, he also passes along memories of the ugly side.
"There was an antipathy to my running," Jackson said. "We received the most threats of any candidate ever."
Jackson aides and Secret Service officials from those days recall hate mail, racial slurs and death threats aimed at both the candidate and his family.
"I had the most sensitivity to the fact that we had to have security at home. The threats are very real," Jackson said. "Everyplace we went, Secret Service always on edge."
-- CNN Chief National Correspondent John King
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