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January 10, 2008
Kerry to Endorse Obama
Senator John Kerry will endorse Barack Obama sources close to the Senator have told numerous media outlets.
No word on how John Edwards, Kerry's 2004 running mate is taking the news, but if I were his staff, I'd keep all sharp objects out of his reach for a while:
Kerry is flying to South Carolina for an event to be held shortly after 11 a.m. in Charleston, the sources said. Obama is holding a "Rally for Change" at the College of Charleston ahead of the Democrats' South Carolina primary on Jan. 26. Kerry's endorsement message will focus on Obama's ability to bring the country transformational change, the sources said. Hillary was never in the running since the Clinton machine put so much pressure on him last year to stay out of the race. I'm sure there's a barrelful of resentment and it is probably giving Kerry a lot of pleasure to stick it to Hillary.
The endorsement also represents a sharp elbow at former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, who was Kerry's running mate in 2004 and also a South Carolina native. Kerry, who had contemplated another run of his own this year, remains one of the Democratic Party's most popular figures, and gives Obama a big boost as he is trying to regain his momentum after finishing second to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday.
What about his former running mate Edwards? The two have had a cool relationship since the election. It's rumored that Kerry didn't think Edwards helped that much and may have hurt him in some places.