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Jesse Jackson Asks Ohio Delegates for 'Most Massive Voter Registration Ever'

"We deserve the right to vote, and deserve the right for our vote to count," the civil rights leader told delegates in Charlotte.

Charlotte, NC — The Reverend Jesse Jackson brought the Ohio delegation to its feet Thursday morning, calling for a record-breaking voter registration drive to avoid what he called "the thievery" of Ohio votes in the 2004 presidential election.

The civil rights leader lead the delegation in a call-and-response pledge: "We deserve the right to vote, and deserve the right for our vote to count." 

Thursday is the last day of the Democratic National Convention, but Jackson cautioned that Democrats: "You can win but still lose, if we don’t stop the thievery."

Jackson focus on two areas of worry: Early voting and voting day irregularities.  by a federal judge on August 31, but Jackson cautioned Democrats to look beyond that decision, and to remember the controversies around the 2004 presidential election.

The 2004 election in Ohio was marred by irregularities, and at the time Jackson was a vocal critic of that election's handling.

The Ohio delegation rose to its feet and cheered when Jackson exhorted them to focus on the next month. "We must have the most massive voter registration in the next 30 days that Ohio has ever seen, and then …. use that vote to win in November," he said.

When he wasn't focused on getting out the vote, Jackson turned his attention to the GOP, and what he said motivates them.

"They want to sink the ship just to destroy the captain," Jackson said, speaking of President Obama and the economy. "And we deserve better leadership than that."

On the Tea Party, he said: "This is Fort Sumter Tea Party, not the Boston Tea Party. It has deep roots in ideology. This is a states’ rights, Fort Sumter Tea Party, fundamentally anti- [our] views about racial justice, gender equality, and  … worker rights."

Jackson's appearance capped a week of big appearances for the Ohio delegation. As Governor Ted Strickland told the delegation Thursday morning at the same event, "Throughout this convention, there's not been a state mentioned as often as Ohio."

James Thomas September 09, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Hey, how come Jessie Jackson can paint Republicans with the brush of the Confederacy (whom the Republicans crushed) and not be called out but if a Republican says "Chicago" they are a racist?
Keith Best September 10, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Here are the job numbers the media is not reporting about the August job numbers that just came out. This is what the media is telling you...and it's true. "The unemployment rate dropped from 8.3% to 8.1%. 96,000 jobs created in August." Here are numbers they are NOT telling you: 1) 368,000 people STOPPED looking for work in August. Meaning they CANNOT be counted as unemployed. These people have no more unemployment benefits to claim and have realized there are zero jobs out there for them. If you were to re-calculate those numbers and include the people who are no longer looking for work, the unemployment rate would be 12%. This number does not include the UNDEREMPLOYED, or the people who have stopped looking for work over the past 3 years; that number would be an astonishing 23%. 2) 69% of men are working. Meaning 31% are not. The lowest % of working men since the 1940's. 3) The number of employed Americans is at the lowest number in the past 31 years. An incredible number considering there are more people now in the USA than there were in 1981. 4) A record high of 88,921,000 Americans whom are not in the civilian labor force. 5) Manufacturers have cut the most jobs in August than at anytime in the past two years. 6) The supposed "job growth" each month is LESS THAN the number of people LEAVING the workforce every month. People leaving the work force CANNOT be counted as unemployed. If Jackson wants jobs for black people, he needs to vote Romney/ Ryan.
Bob Sheridan September 10, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Keith, your points are well taken, but they also remind of why I can't stand politics any longer. The GOP attacks the Dems over job numbers, then the Dems turn around during a GOP administration and make the same attack. They are primarily phonies on both sides of the aisle and care more about winning than governing well.
V. Scheurich September 10, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Ohio.....Get ready for huge price increases on electricity rates that will be passed on the the consumers because Barack Obama's "coal industry" dislike and regulations. http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2012/09/cleveland_public_powers_contra.html
V. Scheurich September 11, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Jesse...............You better get out of Dodge City because people are losing their jobs because of your buddy Barack's policies! The President, Barack Obama has told us many times that he hates coal and the coal mining process. It has now taken its toll in Whitesburg, Kentucky, one of many. Which state is next? 1. http://www.wkyt.com/yourtown/locations/letcher/headlines/Mine_will_close_in_June_148175715.html 2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-aLcbr63ME

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