Kerry snubs Edwards by backing Obama

John Kerry, the senator who ran against George Bush in 2004, endorsed Barack Obama yesterday in a slap in the face to Hillary Clinton and to John Edwards, his vice-presidential running mate in 2004.

”Martin Luther King Jr said the time is always right to do what is right,” Kerry told a rally in South Carolina. ”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.

”I believe more than anyone else Barack Obama can help our country turn the page and get America moving by uniting and ending the division we have faced.”

Edwards said in a statement that he respected Kerry’s decision.

While Kerry was close to Bill Clinton, he fell out with Hillary last year after she criticised him for telling students that they should study hard or they might end up in Iraq. The gaffe forced him to abandon his bid to seek the Democratic nomination.

The Democratic race also narrowed as Bill Richardson dropped his campaign for the nomination after coming fourth in Iowa and New Hampshire. ”It’s been an exhilarating and humbling year,” he told supporters in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Thursday.

Richardson (60) took 2% in Iowa and less than 5% in New Hampshire. He still harbours ambitions of becoming vice-president and hopes he will be the running mate of the eventual Democratic winner, almost certainly Clinton or Obama.

There are increasing signs that the mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, is considering a run as an independent, despite repeated denials. He is spending millions on polling to gauge his chances. Bloomberg’s entry would complicate the contest, taking votes from Democratic and Republican candidates. A former Bloomberg political strategist, Douglas Schoen, told Associated Press that Bloomberg had hired research companies to create a database which would be used to target campaign messages if he joined the race. – Guardian Newspapers Limited 2008

We make it make sense

If this story helped you navigate your world, subscribe to the M&G today for just R30 for the first three months

Subscribers get access to all our best journalism, subscriber-only newsletters, events and a weekly cryptic crossword.”

Related stories


Already a subscriber? Sign in here


Latest stories

Spaza shops take centre stage in township economy

Consumers living in such areas are spending more at spazas than big retailers, according to a report

PODCAST| Monkeypox: How it spreads, when to test and why...

The smallpox vaccine provides 85% protection against infection with monkeypox, but South Africa stopped vaccinating people against smallpox in 1980

Nike x Jacquemus collab: What to expect

The Nike x Jacquemus collaboration drops on Tuesday 28 June online. So far, no ludicrously tiny handbags in sight, but luxurious feminine twists on activewear that make this the collection you didn’t know you needed

Test cricket is dead, but not for the eager Proteas

Even before the demise of this format of the game was predicted, the women’s team had little opportunity to experience and enjoy it

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…