January 10th, 2008
01:00 PM ET
2 years ago

Kerry: Obama 'will be' president

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Kerry said Obama "can be, will be, and should be the next president of the United States.” (Photo Credit: AP)

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (CNN) - Sen. John Kerry endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, saying the senator from Illinois is a "candidate to bring change to our country."

"Barack Obama isn't just going to break the mold," said Kerry, the Democratic presidential candidate four years ago. "Together, we are going to shatter it into a million pieces."

The senator from Massachusetts made the announcement in front of an enthusiastic crowd in Charleston, South Carolina, 16 days ahead of the state's Democratic primary.

Kerry said he was stirred by the way Obama "eloquently reminded us of the fact that our true genius is faith in simple dreams and insistence on small miracles."

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  1. walter

    Kerry had trouble getting America to believe in him before.So guess his thinking is a Junior Senator has a better chance. Or another way to look at this, if Obama is President? Its like having an apprentice carpenter building your dream home.

    January 11, 2008 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  2. Jessica, El Paso, TX

    For those of you who keep saying that you do not like the way Hillary supporters speak, it is quite opposite. For a long time, it has been Obama supporters who are the rowdiest and most disrespectful crowd. All you have to do is search through the other blogs. I think both sides should keep things civil.

    January 11, 2008 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  3. Ito, Yokosuka Japan

    Being a feminist (i.e. believing in female power) is equally as bad as being a male chauvinist.

    So all you women out there that think us men can't stand the sight of a female running for President are really quite narrow minded and living inside a bottle. The majority of us really do dislike HRC, not because she is a woman; but because she is unethical and devious. She is damaged goods. Her principles are self-serving and she is the candidate of hate, fear, and divisiveness. She will say anything and do anything to get elected, not for the good of the country, but for lust. Like her husband Bill, who can even word-smith the word is, she word-smith's the word truth. Truth is nothing more than a word to HRC. Those who think she is a uniter have blinders on...she is anything but... The sorry way in which she conducts herself is shameful.

    This Republican will consider an Obama candacy and even be intrigued by an Obama/Edwards ticket. But I will never, ever cast a vote for the mother of all deceitfullness and lies, a.k.a. HRC...

    January 11, 2008 03:04 am at 3:04 am |
  4. Allen Tennessee

    It bothers me as an American to read some of the comments posted over the last few days. If Hillary defends herself, Obama supporters jump down her throat. You've called her the ice queen and the one time she shows how much she loves this country, you jump on her for her so called alligator tears. I didn't know so many Obama supporters were filled with so much hate. But it's perfectly fine for Obama and Edwards to take shots at her and she's supposed to sit back and take it. Is that the kind of person you want for President or do you want a person with the courage to stand up for herself and her beliefs for a better America. It's clear you have not researched Senator Obama's track record while in Illinois or his beliefs. If you did, you'd see he has excellent speech writers, but he is not the man for the job in 08. Sorry, my vote will go for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. She comes with experinece but with the true desire to change what's wrong in this country. The Senator from Illinois talks change, but he has nothing but words and promises. I've heard them all before. JMHO.

    January 11, 2008 04:25 am at 4:25 am |
  5. bobr

    Kerry the Panderer!!! The only "significant" thing he has done had to do with sports on tv and jump on Al's bandwagon with his own environmental "quest".
    Yes, the country is a better place because baseball stayed on cable and everyone got to watch the Pats/Giants game.
    His endorsement is nothing more than a) a self-centered brat sticking his tongue at 2 people he doesn't like and b) a delusional loser desperately trying to stay relevant
    Like Edwards, he thinks he is entitled to be President.

    January 11, 2008 04:55 am at 4:55 am |
  6. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    Loser supports loser, good match.

    January 11, 2008 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  7. Marsha B

    "Do you really think that 1 of these candidates is so remarkably tyrannical that they will be able to destroy the country in one fatal swoop.?"

    YES – Hillary Clinton.

    January 11, 2008 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  8. Pat M Canada

    Well I just think their embrace, love sick leerings at each other and Obama's puckered lips is blantantly disgusting! Get a room guys! This site has day time viewing. HAHAHA

    January 11, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  9. steve

    I haven't seen such a textbook example of the "Kiss of Death" since Madonna kissed Britney at the MTV Awards and wiped away her career. Go Hillary!!

    January 11, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  10. Tito Valentino

    It is appaling reading voters views on this endorsement. Vote for Clinton if you think she is the right choice or vote for Obama if you think he is the right choice. For me I will always go for Obama.Bill Clinton was a good president but that does not guarantee his wife will make a good president. John Kerry lost the elections but that does not mean he will not had been a better President than George Bush.Hilary candidacy smells more like a personal ambition. I do not see her standing firmly with other World leaders. She may probably break up and we may see tears cascading down. Obama is definitely the best candidate. Even the Clintons know that but the only problem he has is that people are looking at him as being black and even the Africa-americans look at him as being African. We claim to be World leaders but when are we really going to move forward as a nation? Almost everyone in this God's own country is an immigrant. We should be able to overlook that aspect of colour and look for those inert qualities in good leadership so we can move forward as a nation.Some people also criticise him on his views on the War. A lot of us were against this War but when this War started, we all as Americans had to firmly stand-up and give George Bush the needed support. That is why we are UNITED. That is what our name stands for. If you have a sixteen year old son. He now decides that he wants to overlook college, moves out of the house and start a life of his own. Are u as a mother or father going to deny him that support when he needs it? You know you never liked the idea but when it comes to love, there are really no ideas. BE STRONG AMERICANS.

    January 11, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  11. dmw, roeland park,ks

    Ha-ha-ha...lol. Old boring John Kerry, a major liberal is supporting Barrack Obama another major liberal. I wonder what good this will do for Obama. Kerry is a loser. Thanks for NOT supporting Hillary. By the way electing a woman President is also a major change in politics; plus she has experience and is a doer and not just a talker like Obama. The media makes it sound as if electing a black person is the only thing going. Electing a woman President as some other countries have done, including third world countries, would be amazing.

    January 11, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  12. Michelle

    Im for Obama for a lot of reasons but I want to address this "he doesnt have the experience" thing. I think its been proven through W's run that the people AROUND HIM (Cheney, Rove) proved to be strong influencers of his campaign. For the things that Bush lacked, he put a cabinet around him to counter those weaknesses. In this case..a very slanted NEOCON cabinet who (like him) werent about to listen to ANYBODY who disagreed with them.

    For whatever Obama may be viewed as lacking in, all he needs is an experienced Vice President and the argument becomes a non-issue. Add to that, he comes across as the sort of person that will actually LISTEN to both sides and create some great working relationships with the conservatives. He has already shown that he can pull young AND old, dems, repubs AND INDEPENDANTS (like myself), men AND women. Hillary is favored with older women, 1/2 the dems, no republicans or independants, and very few men.

    I listen to conservative radio and they are foaming at the mouth to get Clinton. Be smart Dems. You think that because people hate Bush they will all fall behind the Democratic candidate but thats simply not true. The 'younger than boomer' generation and especially the 18-25yr olds are energized behind OBAMA. If the establishment Dems dont get behind him those young people are going to walk away from the process. WALK AWAY. And HIllary will be left with a split party and no crossover appeal. The end result? Republican X in the WH.

    YES WE CAN
    Obama 08

    January 11, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  13. Bob in NH

    Bad news for Obama. Now that John Kerry the "LOSER" from Massachusetts has endorsed Obama for President. Photo-op John Kerry`s mug will be in every TV and photo shot of Obama from now on.

    January 11, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  14. Ejila Solomon

    Obama! Aint no stopping you! Go ! Obama Go!

    January 12, 2008 05:46 am at 5:46 am |
  15. Chuck Roto

    RJ wrote:

    "The 90s show we can grow and prosper and still have the rich pay their fair share, and government play an active role in ensuring a more equal society for all people"

    ***

    That is spewing the socialist party line and right out of the communist manifesto. The government controlling society and who gets what by making everyone pay what they think is everyone's fair share? How much more moronic can you get to start buying into that kind of dictatorial rule and economic control philosophy?

    Wake up! You are all being brainwashed and catering to Marxism whether you realize it or not! You will regret having Hillary and Bill back in control again. You think things suck now, wait until you see how much pain you will feel with them back in control. They feel no one's pain other than their own. So, let's hope they don't get back in control and when they lose they are gone from politics forever.

    January 16, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  16. Andrea Texas

    It seems that politicians enjoy endorsing each other for the joy of it. It wouldn't make a difference to me if the Pope endorsed Mr. Obama. He is not ready for such a grave responsibility.

    Standing next to Senator Clinton, he appears what he is-not a good candidate.

    The Republicans will push & pressure him, and he will find himself not knowing what he really stands for. We will still pay the taxes the wealthy are excused from.

    Senator Clinton has my vote & support.

    January 25, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  17. jay monson

    Yeah, and Kerry thought he was going to be President too !!

    Let the people decide. Don't listen to Kerry the "has been" who never made it to the top. I refuse to listen to anybody who uses her/his celebrity status to tell me who to vote for.

    Mr. Kerry, I don't care if you back Obama, Clinton, or Edwards. Perform some real service, keep your mouth shut, and vote – like the rest of the country.

    Lets get off our behinds, listen to the candidates, and make a democratic choice. Power to the DFL party, power to the people !

    God Bless America !!!

    VOTE !!

    January 25, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  18. IDA

    Way to Go Obuma,
    We the people of America are behind you 100%
    We thank God for giving you the courage to stand up for us
    We also thank Mrs. Michelle Obuma for standing beside you and keeping you strong through this trying time.
    We thank you daughters for sharing their parents with the whole country

    JUST HOLD ON MR. PRESIDENT CHANGE IS COMMING!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 26, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  19. Essie

    If you lived with Bush for eight year, I'm sure that Obama will be a shinning light. Remember people, you voted for Bush against your own self interest which is why we are in the mess we are today. If you love America, give this man a chance. I don't have any health coverage. Do you?

    January 29, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
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