John Kerry Endorses Barack Obama

January 10, 2008 at 12:05 pm 4 comments

From Time Magazine:

Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008
2004 Dem Nominee Kerry Endorsing Obama
By AP/GLEN JOHNSON

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. Barack Obama has won the presidential endorsement of Sen. John Kerry, the Democrats’ 2004 nominee who lost to George W. Bush.

Kerry, a senator from Massachusetts, planned to announce his support Thursday at 11 a.m. EST at a rally at the College of Charleston, said a Democrat familiar with Kerry’s decision. The 2004 nominee was to argue that Obama can best unite the country and has the potential to create transformational change, the person said.

Kerry lost the South Carolina Democratic primary in 2004 to John Edwards, the former North Carolina senator who now is running third in the 2008 campaign behind Hillary Rodham Clinton and Obama.

Besides any potential help for Obama, Thursday’s endorsement was a slap at Edwards, who was Kerry’s running mate in the last election. The two had their differences during the campaign over strategy and spending. In post-mortem interviews, Edwards said he would have been more aggressive in challenging the unsubstantiated allegations of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, the Vietnam War veterans who questioned Kerry’s military record.

As for Obama, Kerry gave the young Illinois state senator his first turn in the national spotlight when he chose him to deliver the keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Later that year, Obama won election as a U.S. senator.

Kerry himself had considered running for president in 2008, but that plan fizzled with a botched Iraq joke during the close of the
elections in 2006. For many Democrats, his words then revived bitter memories of his missteps in 2004, when he lost to Bush.

Since announcing a year ago he would not make the run, Kerry has prodded Democrats to take a stronger anti-war stance, pushing for troop withdrawal deadlines. In another area, he has backed environmental causes, writing a book with his wife on the issue.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Christopher  |  January 11, 2008 at 9:27 am

    So curious.

    Everyone thought Kerry would endorse Edwards but I wasn’t so sure. I heard rumblings back in 2004 that there was no love lost between Kerry and Edwards.

    I have also been told by a source close to Barack Obama that he’s in regular contact with John Kerry regarding foreign policy matters.

    Once Obama is elected president, I wouldn’t be the least surprised if he tagged John Kerry to be his Secretaary of State.

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  • 2. acsntn  |  January 11, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    What a horrible thought. John Kerry as Secretary of State. I was thunder-struck when Kerry, the lesser of two evils in 2004, was rejected by the American people. With his most recent judgment call–i.e. endorsing a neophyte like Obama–he proves that Americans were right…he WAS unfit for higher office. Disappointed and flabbergasted in his decision. It just might cost Obama votes, and I hope it does.

    GO HILLARY!

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  • 3. Steven  |  January 12, 2008 at 1:36 am

    If Kerry had been half as enthusiastic about his own campaign as he was about his endorsement of Barack Obama we wouldn’t have had to endure a second bush term.

    It’s no real surprise Kerry didn’t endorse Edwards. Kerry & Edwards have had an ongoing feud as Kerry believed he had an agreement with Edwards that he would not run for president in 2008 clearing the way for a second Kerry attempt. Instead Edwards all but moved to Iowa in an attempt to lock up the Iowa caucuses.

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  • 4. O Anna Niemus  |  January 26, 2008 at 5:49 am

    I support John Edwards.
    The other 2, Clinton and Obama, want to
    escalate war in Afghanistan.

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