Jesse Backs Barack
Obama picks up key endorsement
By Sarah Seltzer,  Newser User
Posted Mar 30, 2007 1:13 PM CDT
Presidential hopeful U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., left, and the Rev. Jesse Jackson are seen at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Awards Breakfast in Chicago in this Jan. 15, 2007 photo....   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Jesse's backing Barack, despite his long friendship with the Clintons, the civil rights veteran told the AP yesterday.  "He's got my vote,"  Jackson said, dismissing suggestions that he might feel obligated to support Hillary. "It's not awkward at all," he said, adding, "I don't owe a debt to any of them."

Jackson said he isn't in Obama's inner circle, and  he issn't  working on Obama's campaign. His son, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. of Illinois, has already endorsed Obama.