Jesse Jackson said Friday he has better credentials than anyone else in politics to be the Democratic vice presidential nominee.
While others may be qualified, Jackson said, none has shown ability to win 7 million votes as he did in the primary season or has his combination of regional and political strengths to balance a ticket headed by Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis.
"We meet virtually every stated qualification for serious consideration on the ticket," he said. "No one else at this point that's active in politics has shown the breadth of support I have shown at the voting polls; no one else has shown the ability to impact on the country's tone and the party's priorities.
"They may have state credentials. They've not shown themselves to have national vote-getting potential," Jackson told reporters who accompanied him to a two-day working vacation at the posh La Costa health spa north of San Diego.