DEARBORN, Mich. -- With black voters about to play a greater role in picking the next Democratic presidential nominee, Bernie Sanders used a rally here Monday to highlight his support of the 1988 White House run of civil rights leader Jesse Jackson.
Appearing at a rally organized by an auto workers union, Sanders noted that at the time he endorsed Jackson, he was mayor of Burlington, the largest city in Vermont, “a state that is virtually all white.”
“Why did I do it?” the Vermont senator said. “I did it because I saw in him a man trying to bring working people together” and create “a rainbow coalition.”
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