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Jackson, Koch Say They're Willing to Try to End Split

August 01, 1988|Associated Press

CHICAGO — Jesse Jackson and New York Mayor Edward I. Koch said today that they are willing to meet and try to heal or at least set aside the differences that have simmered since Koch's strong criticism of Jackson before the New York primary.

Jackson, who lost the April primary and later the Democratic presidential nomination to Michael S. Dukakis, said Koch called him at his Chicago home early today "and said he would like to meet."

"I have always kept open the door to communications. I believe that people should talk," Jackson said in a telephone interview from his home.

He said he was "concerned that in New York because of (Koch's) attacks, we missed a great opportunity to discuss urban policy in this country." Koch's criticism last April included a statement that Jews would be "crazy" to vote for Jackson, who supports Palestinian self-determination.

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