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Rainbow-Push Coalition Expresses Confidence in Jesse JacksonAired January 19, 2001 - 4:41 p.m. ET
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JOIE CHEN, CNN ANCHOR: We have other news to report on today. Some on the Reverend Jesse Jackson's situation. As you probably have heard, Jackson has admitted that he fathered a child out of wedlock.
CNN's Jeff Flock joins us now from Chicago. Very cold in Chicago as well, which is home of Jesse Jackson's Rainbow-Push Coalition.
Jeff, there had been a lot of questions about who would lead that coalition now. What's happening there?
JEFF FLOCK, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Joie, you're right about the cold. A bitter cold day when the board of the Rainbow-Push Coalition met here in Chicago in this building that houses it back behind me. When they emerged, they said that they gave Reverend Jackson a full vote of confidence. They think that he has done all of the right things in terms of his response to his admission of an affair and fathering a child with a former staffer.
And they said they will give him time off, as he requested, to be with his family and heal, but they say they do not expect that time off to be very long.
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REV. WILLIE BARROWS, RAINBOW-PUSH COALITION: The time he has asked to ask have is understood, and thereby granted. This time is not expected to be long. He's been with us. We need him, and as an organization and as a board, we cannot afford to have Reverend Jackson on the sidelines for an undetermined period of time. The struggle for the disenfranchised continues, and we want him to be a part of that. And he is a part of that.
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CHEN: We're going to have to interrupt that report from Chicago.
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