Jesse Jackson Offers to Go to China

The Rev. Jesse Jackson has offered to go to China to work for the release of 24 U.S. servicemen and women.

"If a delegation appealing to the Chinese directly would help, we'd be willing to do that,'' Jackson told the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper. "We've done it before, and each time we were successful.''

Jackson, the leader of the Chicago-based Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, made the offer to National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice a few days ago.

Jackson said he was not criticizing President Bush's efforts, but pointed to international disputes he has successfully mediated, including helping free Americans in Syria, Iraq and Yugoslavia.