Henry Jackson

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Henry "Scoop" Jackson was a Democratic Party senator and, according to President Ronald Reagan, "a wise and revered statesman and one who probably understood the Soviets as well as any American in history." [1]

He sought the Democratic Party nomination for President in 1972 and 1976 but did poorly in the primaries. Jackson was known as a staunch liberal on economic and social issues, who was never the less strongly anti-communist in foreign affairs. He remained a popular U.S. Senator from his home state of Washington until his death in 1983.