Presidential Nominations

Published: 1987
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Dallas,TX April 23, 1987 --- The Reverend Jesse Jackson, an undeclared presidential candidate, broke into tears 4/23/1987 while telling how his grandmother's religious faith helped pull him through a childhood bout of pneumonia. Jackson spoke to a group of preachers in Dallas on a two day swing through Texas. --- (UPI Photo/R. Bunch)
Ken Herrera: For a time in 1987, two men of the cloth appeared to be the frontrunners for the Democratic and GOP Presidential Nominations, the Reverend Jessie Jackson and Evangelist Pat Robertson. Jackson had surged ahead when Gary Hart backed out after news leaked of his involvement with model Donna Rice. His reentry into the political arena drew a diverse spectrum of comment and shook up the Democratic horserace.

The decision to try it again was not one which Hart made without first consulting his family …

Gary Hart: "Getting back in this race is about the toughest thing that I have ever done, and believe me, it is not done lightly."

Ken Herrera: By year’s end, Robertson’s lead had dwindled on the GOP side, and the men to watch became Bush and Dole …
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