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Brown sees Jackson as running mate

By United Press International

With the South Dakota primary looming as crucial for several Democratic candidates, former California Gov. Edmund 'Jerry' Brown Jr. used his sudden emergence in the spotlight Monday to announce he would like Jesse Jackson as his running mate.

Brown, who finished a very strong second in Sunday's Democratic caucuses in Maine, sought to build an activist coalition that would carry his anti-establishment message through the primaries to come.

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For Sens. Bob Kerrey of Nebraska and Tom Harkin of Iowa the problem was in South Dakota where they face the party's second primary Tuesday. Their battle there overshadowed the campaigns of former Sen. Paul Tsongas of Massachusetts, Arkansas Gov. Bill Cinton and Brown.

Many Democrats believed Kerrey and Harkin needed to do well in their own backyards to stay viable candidates, with a bad showing by either or both of them leading to a drying up of support as the primary season spreads across the country in the weeks ahead.

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President Bush had no opposition on the Republican side in South Dakota, so he and his conservative challenger, Patrick Buchanan, were looking forward to their next confrontation in the South March 3.

Tsongas won the Maine caucuses Sunday but his margin of victory was paper-thin over Brown.

Nearly complete and unofficial returns in Maine showed Tsongas had 29.5 percent to Brown's 29.3 percent. Uncommitted delegates with 16 percent finished ahead of Clinton with 15 percent, Harkin with 5 percent and Kerrey with 3 percent.

'To me this is a major victory,' Brown said. 'When the people hear the message, the message to take back America from this corrupt power of money, they will follow. I believe the only electable candidate is the candidate who can bring new people into this party.'

Brown used the caucus system to his best advantage by bringing out activists, especially those opposed to nuclear energey.

'I believe the gridlock is so resistent to change that it will take a coalition of every activist in this country -- environmentalists, Ralph Nader, women's groups, Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Coalition -- all of us fighting that establishment and that is why I'll say right up front that I would like Jesse Jackson as my vice president,' Brown said Monday in a CNN interview.

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'We mean business. We need to fight a stagnant status quo. It's going to take all the energy and creativity that exists inthis political landscape.'

While giving Brown credit for his good showing, Tsongas said, 'We got more votes than Bill Clinton and Bob Kerrey and Tom Harkin together and I think that is a powerful message.'

The caucuses attracted nearly 16,000 voters, about 5 percent of the state's registered Democrats, officials said.

In South Dakota, Kerry got the endorsement of the states's largest newspaper, the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, and was claiming a 10-point lead in the polls.

'I need a lift out of South Dakota,' Kerrey said campaigning in the state Monday. 'The people of South Dakota have an opportunity to select the next president of the United States.'

But Harkin was not giving an inch.

'There is a lot yet to happen in this race,' he said. 'It has just started.'

Clinton was pushing hard in the South, which holds more than a half dozen primaries and caucuses during the next two weeks, while Tsongas's next big hope is Maryland on March 3.

Maine Republicans gave Bush a lopsided 88 percent to 4 percent win over Buchanan Sunday. White House press secretary Marlin Fitzwater said that Bush's win in Maine, where he has a summer residence, was 'impressive.' Bush was about to head out on a trip to California, Texas and Georgia, where he and Buchanan will face off next on March 3.

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Fitzwater said the president 'will be very positive' while campaigning against Buchanan, but added that surrogates like Vice President Dan Quayle and advertising will respond to Buchanan.

On Monday, Bush skipped Buchanan and picked on his favorite whipping group, giving Congress a failing grade for its work on his budget.

'The stark and sorry fact is that Congress so far deserves an F. They deserve a failing grade,' he told the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

In Tallahassee, Fla., which holds a primary on Super Tuesday March 10, Buchanan took on both Bush and Quayle.

'I notice young Dan said on television yesterday, 'George Bush didn't break that tax pledge -- the Congress made him do it,'' Buchanan told a rally on the state capitol steps. 'It's the old Flip Wilson defense, 'the Devil made me do it.''

'Well, that's not going to go here anymore. Old King George up there in Washington promised us he would do one thing on taxes and he turned around and raised them $165 billion,' he said.

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