Posted: January 10, 2008 12:50 PM
Kerry Announces Obama Endorsement in S.C.
Former Democratic presidential nominee and Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for president Thursday, making his announcement in Charleston, S.C.
“He understands that we have to force the politicians to feel your power,” Kerry said of Obama. “It is Barack Obama that in a unique way brings the lessons of the legislature, the lessons of the neighborhood and the lessons of his own life to fight that challenge.”
Kerry’s endorsement may help propel Obama, who won Iowa’s Democratic caucus last week and finished a close second on Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary. Obama will be competing in South Carolina’s Democratic primary on Jan. 26.
The endorsement means Kerry, who lost the 2004 election to George W. Bush, will not be supporting his former running mate, John Edwards.
At 2004’s Democratic National Convention in Boston, Kerry selected Obama, who was a state senator at the time, as the event’s keynote speaker.
“The speech elevated the stature of Mr. Obama almost overnight, launched the reprinting of his book, ‘Dreams From My Father,’ and set his political career in overdrive,” the New York Times reported.
“I’m proud to have helped introduce Barack to our nation when I asked him to speak to our national convention, and there Barack’s words and vision burst out,” Kerry said in an e-mailed news statement.