Friday, January 11, 2008

Kerry endorses Obama

January 12, 2008

CHARLESTON, South Carolina: Barack Obama has secured the endorsement of a pillar of the Democratic establishment, with the former presidential candidate John Kerry backing him to go all the way to the White House.

Senator Kerry announced his decision, which will be a blow for Hillary Clinton, as Senator Obama took his campaign to South Carolina on Thursday. That state's primary on January 26 will be the first big test of Senator Obama's appeal to black Americans.

Senator Kerry declared: "Martin Luther King jnr said the time is always right to do what is right. And I'm here because this is the right time to share with you that Barack Obama can be, will be and should be the next president of the United States."

Despite his failed presidential run in 2004, Senator Kerry remains a force within the Democratic Party, and brings volunteers and a mailing list of 3 million supporters. His decision could tempt uncommitted establishment figures to opt for Senator Obama.

Both men appeared at the College of Charleston, where Senator Kerry addressed doubts over Senator Obama's inexperience. Young visionaries such as Thomas Jefferson and Dr King had played pivotal roles in the nation's history, he said.

"We are electing judgment and character, not years on this Earth. It is the moral compass I see in Barack Obama that gives me confidence he will steer our country in the right direction."

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