January 10th, 2008
09:35 AM ET
2 years ago

Kerry to endorse Obama

Kerry will endorse Obama.
Kerry will endorse Obama.

(CNN) – Former 2004 presidential hopeful Sen. John Kerry will endorse Sen. Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination, two sources told CNN Thursday.

The announcement will come at 2 p.m. in Charleston, S.C., the sources said.

"(Kerry) remains one of the most popular figures in the Democratic Party and (has) an e-mail list with millions of addresses," an Obama source said.

Kerry ran in 2004 on the Democratic ticket with former Sen. John Edwards, who is running this year for party's presidential nomination.

Edwards reacted Thursday to his former running mate's decision in a brief statement that hinted at the split between the two men following the last presidential election. “Our country and our party are stronger because of John’s service, and I respect his decision. When we were running against each other and on the same ticket, John and I agreed on many issues," he said in a statement.

"I continue to believe that this election is about the future, not the past, and that the country needs a President who will fight aggressively to end the status quo and change the Washington system and to give voice to all of those whose voices are ignored in the corridors of power.”

– CNN's Candy Crowley and Mark Preston
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  1. "THE COLLIS"

    Some NOT all of you people on this blog site are just STUPID, here we have a REAL chance to CHANGE things in OUR country for the better but you people are afraid afraid of change. OBAMA can not CHANGE this country by himself, he will need ALL of our help and support, once this is done WE will ALL benefit. Dont you people ever get tired of having the same old lies and crap forced down your throats by the same old EXPERIENCED candidates with their tricks and deceptions year after year after year. Yes, OBAMA is a BLACKMAN get over it! YES, more experience wouldnt hurt and he'll get more in the WHITE HOUSE. OBAMA is still OUR best chance for us to get it right for once. My whole life White men have controlled and run this country and look where we are today (enough said). Get real people, we need a PRESIDENT, male, female, black, white, hispanic (I DONT CARE) just as long as they put the needs of the people before their own personal needs unlike our current president. This man (OBAMA) will give OUR country the best chance of not only getting back on track but he will also help push us beyond our dreams (and it wont take another 200 years). A lot of you guys are coming down on OBAMA for excepting Kerry's endorsement, you say it will effect his campaign in a negative way (I DONT THINK SO, BUT GOOD TRY WITH THE ATTEMPT TO UNDERMIND). OBAMA will be the next president not KERRY so lets stay focused on the BIG picture.

    RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT $100 MIL
    STUMPING THRU SUPER TUESDAY $10.5 MIL
    OBAMA AS PRESIDENT ( PRICELESS )

    January 10, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  2. Joyce

    I am very pleased that Kerry is concerned enough to express his support. I have a heightened respect for John Kerry. He not only talks the talk but he also walks the walk. Good Luck Obama.

    I don't know we (America) has done to deserved a leader such as Obama, but thank God he is on the political scene. Hopefully we will take advantage of this fine opportunity change directions.

    January 10, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  3. genasissman

    I am really on the fence with this one. I'm an independent and I really don't like Kerry; however he did get an "almost win" in 2004. Obama uses an establishment figure with Kerry while running anti-establishment campaign of "change". I just hope Kerry gives the millions of telephone numbers and contacts and get the hell out the way. This is the 1st time in a long time that a man with Obama's skills in bringing hard party-liners together on issues. I just hope that Americans can leave race out of this process, but knowing the Clintons, they won't let it.

    January 10, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  4. genasissman

    Destany January 10, 2008 4:50 pm ET

    This means nothing. Kerry is endorsing Barack because he feels that he has the best chance to win…both on the democratic and republican side. He waited up until now to do so which makes it even more obvious. New Hampshire meant nothing to him because Barack trailed Clinton by only 2% (or 3%, depending on the source), which still has him as a top contender. I am voting for Hillary ,and even more so now because of Kerry's endorsement. IN addition, all of this talk about the Clinton's being racist is non-sense.; it has completely turned me off of Obama, even though I once had him in my sights. Look what the media can do…

    ........Well if you let the media influence your vote, then you are not an informed, intelligent voter anyway. Stop your excuses man!!! Get off your lazy ass and do your research and have an INDEPENDENT mind and not depend on the media.

    January 10, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  5. jerry arizona

    HAVING OBAMA THE DEMS. CANADATE. IS A CERTANTY THE NEXT PRESIDENT WILL BE A REPUBLICAN. THE REPUBLICANS ARE DANCING IN THE ISLES AT THE TOUGHT OF RUNNING AGAINST A MUSLIM, AND A BLACK MUSLIM AT THAT, I HAVE BEEN A DEMOCRAT SINCE I WAS 21 YEARS OLD, BUT THIS TIME ??? REPUBLICANS WONT SPLIT THEIR VOTES DEMS WILL . THINK!!

    January 10, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  6. Kobie

    Hillary is the only one who has the cajones to attack Obama.

    January 10, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  7. Gina Corday

    When Obam was sworn into office he DID NOT use the Holy Bible, but instead the Koran. SCARY

    I have checked him out on snopes.

    I have my doubts on this man.

    January 11, 2008 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  8. unchanged

    This is a good one from Percy Goode, Atlanta Georgia

    Why hasn't CNN or the other major networks reported about Senator Obama's Rezco connection. (purchase of a home for $300,000 below market value) Today is the first day it's been reported. Until now, we have not been presented with anything negative about the Senator from Illinois. I have to agree with President Clinton, it is obvious that the media has given Senator Obama a pass. I know it's easy to get caught up in the hype, but I believe the media is not objective at all when it comes to reporting on Senator Obama.

    I don't live in New Hampshire,but it sickened me that everyone was ready to "anoint" Senator Obama "King" of the United States. The people of New Hanpshire deserve a standing ovation for giving the country a reality check.

    Honestly, Senator Obama is a good person and perhaps if I didn't want Senator Clinton as the nominee I would vote for him, but the way so many people have been transformed into Obamanites is kinda scary. Obama supporters please remember this, we are voting for President of the United States not emperor. He is still just a man.

    Sorry to ruffle feathers, but Democrats we need to take a breath and clear the air. This is a Presidential election not a popularity contest. We must understand that after this primary is over we will have a Democrat vs. a Republican. Regardless of who the nominee is, I will support the Democrat.

    Thanks

    January 11, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  9. Jose Kanusee

    The people want CHANGE but the politicians want DOLLARS. THAT will NEVER CHANGE! John Kerry's support is about as relevent as that of Jimmy Carter. Both he and John Dean gave away the election by opening their mouths before their brains were in gear. Mr. Obama will have to win the nomination on more than looks, wardrobe and literacy. Both Bill and Hillary are ions ahead of him in political saavy but he does have David Axelrod as his "Image Manager". Over 75 million eligible voters did not even register in the 2000 Presidential election and George Bush won by 5 Electoral College votes. Ironically, had Gore won in Bill Clinton's home state of Arkansas with 6 Electoral College votes, Al Gore would be President today. Kerry only needed Indiana, Ohio and Nebraska (northern States) to win. You can't blame those Florida "chads" for those facts! No one in this election from either party is a Washington, Lincoln, FDR, JFK or Ronald Reagan. Yet the winner will face some of the most important issues ever to be faced by this Republic. Forget your race, forget your gender, forget your religion, sexual preferences and any multi-generational allegiance to a Donkey or an Elephant. Do your homework and get out and vote for the man or woman who you honestly believe will ensure that future generations have a life as good or better than the one you have been fortunate enough to enjoy. Don't let the tail wag the dog. Check the dog for fleas and ticks. Some ticks can kill you! Here is some material you should know or read up on, just to have the facts.

    Barack Obama was NOT sworn in on the Quran regardless of what Snopes supposedly says. The Antoin Rezko connection is NOT new as of "today". Rezko is a Syrian born Real Estate and Restaurant tycoon in Chicago with strong ties to Middle Eastern bankers. Before being indicted, Rezko liked to "collect politicians" from BOTH major parties as the NY Times story of June 14, 2007 says and he has allegedly made numerous contributions to Mr. Obama and others over the years. He also organized many fund raisers for Obama since 2000 although the Senator from Illinois denied it. News networks won't report that unless another politician brings it up first. Google their names and check out the NY Times story. If you are the persistent type you can also find excerpts of an interview of Mr. Obama by the "Windy City Times", a pro-Gay and Lesbian newspaper back in 2004. Based on that interview, I think it is safe to say that Mr. Obama supports Same Sex and Gay marriages, or at least did at the time of the interview. That should gain him much support in that community and calm the fears of those who wonder if he is really a Muslim. Those positions would make him an "Infidel" unless some imam has given him "special dispensation"! I was a life-long Democrat because my grandfather told me to be. Now I am an Independent because the future of this Country tells me to be. If other countries don't like us, it is not because of our policies; it is because of our success and freedom to select our leaders and vote our preferences, regardless of how dumb, corrupt or brilliant as some of them may have been. Don't give up that freedom to only one issue, be it color, sex or creed. Hold EVERY candidate responsible to you as their EMPLOYER by getting and staying informed. They ALL hate that but our future generations will love you for it!

    January 11, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  10. Blueray98

    If I'm not mistaken, John Kerry DID lose the last presidential election, didn't he?

    January 11, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  11. jeff

    I would'nt vote for Obama or Hillary for dog catcher! can you people see what the implications of such a disaster are?

    January 11, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  12. jeff

    In my opinion, the world is a VERY dangerous place, if you think we can exit Iraq quickly, you are wrong. The terrorists will follow us right back. The Democrats are just panderers, they'll tell you what you want to hear. The truth is the Islamic Extremests want to KILL us. What part of this don't you understand. Oh yes, we should listen to them, NO they want to KILL us. Bush is and always has been right, the only way do deal with these people is on the offensive. The true enemy is Iran and until we deal with them we are in extreme danger. If you choose to be niave you are also being ignorant. Please consider.

    January 11, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  13. Maris

    How can Obama clean up our government yet mingle with them so closely? I think this is bad for his image, if anything, because it defies the underscoring message of his campaign. You can't be a well-connected insider and overhaul corruption. Surely, if other Democrats felt threatened that they would lose their bonuses with his election, they wouldn't support him. Now I am not trying to sway anyone's vote because I believe everyone has a right to their opinion, but I like to keep the facts straight.

    January 11, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  14. jeff

    An endorsement from John, flip flop, Kerry is a death sentence. Looks like it'll be Billary against John, establishment, Mccain. I'm voting for Calvin Coolidge!! Any takers?

    January 21, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
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