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John Kerry Endorses Obama


Sen. Kerry and Sen. Obama confer during senate testimony. (The Washington Post).

By Shailagh Murray
Sen. John Kerry, the Democratic nominee in 2004, will endorse Sen. Barack Obama this morning in Charleston, S.C.

The nod is a setback for John Edwards, Kerry's vice-presidential pick in 2004, who is trying to keep his campaign alive after two early losses. But relations between the two running mates have long been frosty, and Edwards and his wife Elizabeth Edwards have taken to publicly criticizing the 2004 campaign, in particular for ignoring Southern states.

For Obama, the Kerry endorsement provides a boost of establishment credibility after the Illinois senator's New Hampshire primary loss. It brings to the surface a sentiment that many veteran Democrats have held for some months, that Obama would be a stronger general election candidate than Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, because of his appeal to independents and Republicans and his lack of political baggage. Other high-profile endorsements are expected in the coming days, including a key Western female governor, Janet Napolitano of Arizona, sources close to the Obama campaign said.

Also this morning, the campaign announced that it had picked up support from Rep. George Miller, a prominent California liberal Democrat and House chairman, who is one of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's closest allies.

By Washington Post editors  |  January 10, 2008; 10:59 AM ET
 
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