Former President Nixon says civil rights leader Jesse Jackson is one of the best presidential candidates of the century, but the Democrat's views could mean disaster for the party in November, said The Washington Times.

"He's the best candidate and one of the very best of the entire century for either party," Nixon told the paper. "Jackson's problem is not the messenger; it's the message. . . . He's expressing a deep-felt radicalism, or liberalism, whatever you want to call it, which may be a majority in some areas but is a minority in the country as a whole."The former Republican president said if Jackson is the Democratic nominee in 1988, "It goes without saying he cannot win."