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January 10th, 2008
04:58 PM ET

An important Obama endorsement?

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Senator Barack Obama and John Kerry (PHOTO CREDIT: AP)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

A "superb talent."

That's how Democratic Senator John Kerry described Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama in his endorsement of him today.

It's a huge endorsement for Obama. Kerry narrowly lost to President Bush in 2004.

Today in Charleston, South Carolina, Kerry told a crowd that he believes Barack Obama can help the country turn the page and get America moving by uniting and ending divisions.

The endorsement has to come as a bit of a blow to John Edwards, who was Kerry's running mate in 2004. But Edwards has said that he respects Kerry's decision.

It's probably safe to say Hillary's not thrilled with the Kerry announcement.

But the Obama campaign is ecstatic. You see, the Kerry campaign in 2004 put together a database of voters, their addresses, contributors... and all of that is priceless to someone running for president.

Obama is also expected to pick up a key endorsement from Senator Tim Johnson of South Dakota, and was recently endorsed by two major unions in Nevada, as well as Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin.

Here’s my question to you: How important is John Kerry’s endorsement for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign?

To see the Cafferty File Video click here

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Patricia writes:
Not too important Jack. If I'm John Edwards or Hillary Clinton I wouldn't want John Kerry's endorsement wrapped around my neck. John Kerry lost an election he should have won in a landslide. If I am any Democratic candidate I don't want a loser's brand name stamped on my forehead.

Ryan writes:
This is almost as significant as Pat Robertson endorsing Rudy... in that it's completely meaningless in the eyes of most voters. They view Kerry as the horrible failure and product of the establishment that could not do what most people thought any idiot could do: beat Bush in '04.

Carol writes:
Kerry's endorsement gives balance to the Obama campaign. John Kerry lends his name to the long list of "established" politicians who support Obama's bid for the presidency.

Richard from Louisiana writes:
Jack
Could be the "kiss " of death. We all remember how Kerry failed in 2004. No one loves a loser. He never fought for his name. He caved in. Some warrior.

Cathy from West Fargo, North Dakota writes:
His endorsement isn't important to me, neither is Oprah's or Barbara's. I'm totally capable of choosing a candidate on my own. I do my research and go from there.

Brian from Chicago writes:
Barack Obama has made me an extremely proud American in recent weeks. Obviously, John Kerry is very proud of him as well. His endorsement is huge for the average American voter who sees it as another validation of Obama's candidacy.

Phil from Colorado Springs, Colorado writes:
Jack, Kerry will help Obama if he doesn't campaign for him! He endorsed Obama and made a nice speech. Now Kerry needs to get back to the Senate and don't let anyone take a picture of him "hand gliding.”


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soundoff (370 Responses)
  1. Bruce L.

    Wow, I can't think of a worse endorsement for Obama to pick up... he wants to be the candidate of change but he has an old-school, silver-spoon fed Senator who already lost a presidential election (to an unpopular incumbent, nonetheless) in his corner.

    As a lifelong Democrat who hasn't gotten to vote for a nominee yet I am angry that my choices will likely be widdled down to two by the time I get to vote (Super Tuesday). Personally, I don't think either Obama or Clinton is qualified to be President (Hillary claims 35 years experience, but I don't think attending state dinners as First Lady qualifies as foreign policy experience) and I'm not sure I'll be able to vote for either of them in a general election (for the record, I supported Gov Richardson from the start).

    What a shame... it seems that the Democratic party still does not realize what kind of candidate we need to win a general election. Looks like it's time for a serious third party candidate.

    January 10, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  2. Ruth

    Not important at all. In 2004 when I had the two choices for president I was disappointed but Bush was out of the question. Today I am glad that Kerry is not running again, but I am not impressed with his endorsement.

    January 10, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  3. william merchant

    I don't care who endorses Obama. I wouldn't vote for him if he was running for dog catcher. His rhetoric does not match his voting record. He takes money from Lobbyists and then denies it. He admits to doing cocaine and seems to be proud of it. I wouldn't let him drive a bus. We don't need another drug addicted liar in the White House. Why is the press giving this guy a free pass?

    January 10, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  4. Larry from MO.

    Jack,

    John WHO!!
    It is as important as me, Larry from Missouri, giving Obama my
    endorsement.

    January 10, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  5. william merchant

    I don't care who endorses Obama. I wouldn't vote for him if he was running for Dog Catcher. His rhetoric does not match his voting record. We need someone who will stand up for the middle class. How can we trust someone who takes money from lobbyists and then denies it. He admits to doing cocaine and seems to be proud of it. I wouldn't let him drive a bus. Why is the press giving this guy a free pass?

    January 10, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  6. Paul

    Kerry is a failure, seriously lose to Bush in 2004. I wouldn't be excited about endorsement like that.

    January 10, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  7. Janelle

    It is very important. It shows that the Democratic Party is anti-Hillary and when your own party is against you, how can you unite this county or the parties?

    January 10, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  8. James

    For Obama to be the candidate of CHANGE and ANTI-Special Interest, he certainly seems to be operating the way the rest of the field is running, first Oprah, now John Kerry, a couple of Special Interest Unions in Nevada and presto, the candidate of change suddenly looks very familiar. ... I am so sick and tired of Oprah and the John Kerry's of the world who think their opinion matters when it comes to MY vote. We each get one vote, so used your vote and shut up. Maybe I should give him my endorsement as well. ..but since I am not a millionaire and only represent the interest of one vote, he's probably not interested, but neither am I.

    January 10, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  9. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    Not very!

    January 10, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  10. Linda Stoneking

    Jack, We didn't vote in John Kerry as President, so I don't believe his backing Obama makes any difference at all.
    Linda from West Virginia

    January 10, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  11. W B in Las Vegas

    John Kerry? YIKES!!!

    but you had to know it was coming considering the Clinton's did NOTHING to help his 2004 campaign. a Kerry win in 2004 would have been Hillary and Bills' worst nightmare.

    January 10, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  12. George Yesalavich

    I see the ever changing candidate is now supporting the candidate for change. Is this irony at its greatest?

    January 10, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  13. gerry

    Kerry is a decent man, he has made a significant contribution to American public life, and despite the efforts by the Bushski proganda machine four years ago to discredit and disrespect his military service, he brings political capital and goodwill to the table of another decent man, Barak Obama.

    I can only hope that Bill Macbeth and Hillary Macbeth do not take up where their friend Bushski left off and start attacking Kerry too, as they have been doing to Obama over the past few months, with their madrassa, drugs and other slurs.

    Well done, John Kerry.

    We will soon see an interesting stream of endorsements for Obama which will, among other things, demonstrate that a signifianct constituency in the Democrat Party have had enough of the Macbeths. I wouildn't be suirprised if a few Republicans also endorse Obama.

    For the good of America and the world , the race must be between Obama and John Mc Cain, both decent men.Enough of the dynasties and the hubris.

    Gerry

    January 10, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  14. Rich Kaminski, McKinney Texas

    John Kerry is the spouse of a very wealthy woman and very little else. I certainly don't put any stock in what Kerry says or thinks and I doubt many people do. Obama would serve himself better to steer clear of Mr. Kerry. He is like a bad luck charm to Democrats. Just ask John Edwards.

    January 10, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  15. russell swift

    Jack Who the hell is John Kerry? We sure didn't do anything with him before did we? Wouldn't you think he would endorse Edwards...........What happened to that marriage?

    January 10, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  16. James

    Loser backing a loser. Kerry will probably change his mind at some point in the next few days.

    January 10, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  17. Joe

    Seems like Kerry is hoping to be Obama's choice for VP.

    Personally...this endorsement is the political kiss of death for Obama.

    January 10, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  18. Gino

    So John Kerry endorses Senator Obama... could it be that he would like to be chosen as the VP in case Senator Obama wins the November election? We haven’t heard much of John Kerry since 2004, at least I have not. Is it important? It could be in a way, since there were many who voted for him when he ran against President Bush in 2004... But I wonder why he would not endorse his former running mate John Edwards? Or Mitt Romney who was governor of Kerry’s state? Oh, that’s right, Romney is a Republican, and Kerry is a Democrat! How important is John Kerry nowadays anyway? What has he done that benefits our nation lately?

    January 10, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  19. Bizz

    Coming from a person who couldn't beat George Bush in the last election, which I thought was impossible. Having his endorsement should mean much to the voters.

    January 10, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  20. Gino

    So John Kerry endorses Senator Obama? Could it be that he would like to be chosen as the VP in case Senator Obama wins the November election? We haven’t heard much of John Kerry since 2004, at least I have not. Is it important? It could be in a way, since there were many who voted for him when he ran against President Bush in 2004... But I wonder why he would not endorse his former running mate John Edwards? Or Mitt Romney who was governor of Kerry’s state? Oh, that’s right, Romney is a Republican, and Kerry is a Democrat! How important is John Kerry nowadays anyway? What has he done that benefits our nation lately?

    January 10, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  21. Monte Brown, New York, NY

    Jack,

    Kerry lost to Bush in 2004 because he didn’t have a plan. Senator Daschle, who also endorsed Obama, lost the Senate to the Republicans. We can ponder and shoot our chops about change all we want, but we can’t get water from a rock. Criticize Hillary all you want, but Hillary has a plan for a better America. Obama is pedaling hope to kids who live with their parents and never had to pay bills. Are we willing to throw away any prospects of change to feed egos? Kerry is also rich. He does not care about the poor people and the middle class. His endorsement should be deemed unimportant by Americans who want a president who is READY TO LEAD ON DAY ONE: Hillary Clinton.

    January 10, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  22. Waivering Democrat

    I am a lifelong Democrat with a negative view of Hillary... so much so that I will likely vote against her in the general election if she gets the nomination (sorry, but it's true… and not because she’s a woman, but because I think she is a lying, pandering, manipulative, self-important and self-serving person who is unqualified for the job).

    That said, only John Kerry is as divisive, polarizing and, frankly, as weak as Hillary and this endorsement will likely hurt Obama (I mean, c'mon, the guy couldn't even stand up for himself and defeat an extremely unpopular incumbent in '04).

    So what is someone like me to do? Vote with a party that I feel has abandoned me by offering me only two, unqualified candidates by the time I vote in a primary?

    We Need Another Option!!!

    January 10, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  23. Craig

    Jack, John Kerry's failure to aggressivley pursue his own run for the presidency would suggest caution to any and all endorsee's. The importance of his ability to swing votes would have to be measured against his liabilities. Beware!

    January 10, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  24. Adrian from Miami FL.

    He must need a job.

    January 10, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  25. Hannah

    The only person who it makes any difference to is Mr. Edwards, to whom I think this is a very serious blow.

    January 10, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  26. Terry

    Jack
    Who cares who endorses who, lets focus on the issues and what these canidates intend to do to fix this mess, and not who endorced them.

    January 10, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  27. Scott

    it's the kiss of death. he has no honor, edwards was his # 2, what the hell is he thinking.
    scott missouri

    January 10, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  28. Greg

    Jack, important? We are talking about John Kerry, a cry baby loser. Obama? He's a flash in the pan! You really don't think he's electable do you? Come on Jack you are smarter than that aren't you? Mr. President Obama? It doesn't even sound right, it sounds anti-American. I have more experience in my little toe than this Barack fellow. It's down right silly! No it's not important, neither of them!

    January 10, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  29. Stephen

    To those in America that still have a good opinion for John Kerry it may mean something. What I don't know, but the biggest thing it does is hurt Hillary Clinton's heart. She just may start tearing up again with those crocodile tears. But really I don't think anyone will cast their vote based on what John Kerry thinks.

    January 10, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  30. Daniel From Tempe AZ

    Jack,

    The biggest thing about this endorsement is the ability for Senator Obama to tap into those who did vote for Sen Kerry back in 04...more money, more favors owed, more TV ads, more favors owed, less representation of the American people, more favors owed, I am still sticking with my vote of NONE OF THE ABOVE! We need someone that will represent the AMERICAN PEOPLE, and so far, we do not have a candidate that is anywhere close to that.

    January 10, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  31. Ron K - San Diegp

    Hi Jack:

    You must be joking. John Kerry's endorsement of Barack Obama was about the best thing that could have happened to Hilary Clinton.

    Ron Kepics – San Diego

    January 10, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  32. suzieperlstein@hotmail.com

    What will this do for Obama?
    Kiss of Death, jack. Kiss of Death.

    January 10, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  33. Jerome J. Thomas

    Dear Jack, John Kerry’s endorsement for Barack Obama is really important. Wait a minute! What? John Kerry just changed his mind and endorsed John Edwards? OK, so John Kerry’s endorsement for John Edwards means a lot, I think. What? John Kerry is now endorsing Hillary Clinton? Ah, forget it Jack, I’m totally confused…let me know when anything John Kerry says matters.

    January 10, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  34. Frank Anzalone

    I'm supprised that John Kerry didn't endorse John Edwards. He probably thinks Senator Obama has a better chance to win. No one, not even the press thinks Edwards has a chance to be nominated even though he ran second in Iowa. He's like the forgotten man and I'm sure Corporate America doesn't want him to win as well because he would change plenty of problems in this country.

    January 10, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  35. Diane D., Queens, New York

    Kerry has come out to endorse Obama, and while I am not going to vote of Obama, I personally feel this particular endorsement is not good for him as people view Kerry as losing the 2004 presidential election, Kerry’s image as a flip-flopper, and slow response to be being swiftboated, and the like. So, what do you think if Mike Bloomberg jumps in on the bandwagon in March? I think in the long run that will turn out well for Hillary. I think by March we will be down to two people fighting for the Democratic nomination; Hillary vs. Obama. A lot of people might go for Obama because they don’t like Clinton. But if Bloomberg jumps in, probably as an independent, then the Hillary haters won’t vote for Obama and vote for Bloomberg. It’s what I call the Nader/spoiler effect. I think this will bode well for Hillary. Or by March will the Democrats have their nominee because it is after Super Tuesday?

    January 10, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  36. Diane

    Frankly, I could care less who endorses who. But, it is a slap in the face to John Edwards.

    January 10, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  37. Barbra Peterson

    Jack, CNN this morning referred to Sen. Kerry as a well respected Democrat. I disagree. His, and his campaign staff's mismanagement of the 04 campaign gave us another 4 yrs of Bush. Whether it was due to having 1.6 million left in his campaign war chest, which is unheard of, insisting on sanitizing all speeches at the Democratic convention in 04,(no anti-bush sentiments allowed) or refusing to fight back against the Swift boat ads, there's many Democrats who hold him, and his campaign staff responsible for the 2nd term of Dubya. If he came out and endorsed sex, I'd go celibate.

    January 10, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  38. Robin

    Hey Jack
    I sent an e-mail the other day, commenting on Bill Clinton questioning Obamas record and how Wolf said CNN was fair and balanced in their reporting....... Well i saw a story this morning questioning Obamas history with this man who is being investigated for illegal activities. $300,000 give or take a few dollars. I haven't made up my mind yet on a candidate and am no way a big Hillary supporter, but i'll tell you one thing, i haven't heard another word on the matter ALL DAY and if it just smelled of the Clintons you better believe it would be EVERYWERE! Just like the tears were. Fair and balanced? Really? Were is the reporting on this? Obama said it was poor judgement and thats it? Looks like a pass to me from the press again.

    January 10, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  39. john

    What’s second place, two Kerry endorsements. Touché, take that John Edwards. Isn’t this special, John Kerry was finally able to “get back” at John Edwards for his insensitive remarks about how Kerry ran the Kerry/Edwards campaign, and he did it without messing either of their hair.

    January 10, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  40. Greg from PA

    It probably won't effect Obama's candidacy at all. It does reflect on the character of Kerry, though. Edwards worked hard in the '04 election for Kerry. He deserved better.

    January 10, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  41. DWAYNE LARSON

    JACK, WE VOTED FOR KERRY, BUT NO MATTER WHO ENDORSES OBAMA, OBAMA CAN'T RIDE THE WAVES OF POPULARITY AND PUT-OFF PUTTING UP A CHANGE-PLAN WITH A FACILITATOR OF MERIT THAT WOULD BE PART OF HIS ADMINISTRATION. WHEN ELECTED. MORE AND MORE THE PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO BE CONVINCINGLY SHOWN THE EVIDENCE OF AN INNOVATIVE PLAN THAT CAN BE IMPLEMENTED AND WILL PASS AND WILL WORK AND HAVE A FALL BACK SAFETY NET. OBSCURITY CANNOT BE PART OF OBAMA'S STRONG POINTS. THEN THERE IS WAR AND NEW AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY OF STRENGTH. NOBODY UPON NOBODY WILL ACCEPT ANYTHING LESS THAN WHO OBAMA'S WAR CHIEF AND STRATEGIST WILL BE. BACK-UP COMPETENT ASSOCIATES WILL BE ONE OF THE MAJOR THINGS THAT COULD SAVE HIM. HE'S IN FOR A LONG TOUGH FIGHT!

    January 10, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  42. Patricia

    Not too important Jack. If I'm John Edwards or Hillary Clinton I wouldn't want John Kerry's endorsement wrapped around my neck. John Kerry lost an election he should have won in a landslide. If I am any Democratic candidate I don't want a loser's brand name stamped on my forehead.

    January 10, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  43. ART SCHNEIDER

    WELL JACK FOUR YEARS AGO EDWARDS WAS THE MAN KERRY DONT MAKE ANY SENSE

    January 10, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  44. Burt in AZ

    I think it might hurt more than help him. John Kerry is part of the Washington establishment and his endorsement plus the fact that Obama has taken about the same amount of money from corporate lobbiests as Hillary has. The corporate fraternity owns them both and they are just hedging their bets and means if either is elected that we will have more of the same in Washington instead of change.

    January 10, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  45. Brenda

    Hi Mr Cafferty
    Sen. Kerry's endorsement of Sen. Obama means nothing. Sen. Kerry just
    wants to stay in the public eye. His duty is to the people who elect him
    every 6 yrs, the people of Massachusetts.

    January 10, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  46. Paul Schoenbaum

    John Kerry's endorsement will mean absolutely nothing. Obama is nothing more than a William Jennings Bryan who was a fabulous orator bur never got elected president in three attempts.. Experience counts when voting for someone to lead the countrry just as it does in business with the selection of a CEO. He is an empty suit.

    January 10, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  47. Vic P

    As Ralph Nader says, Hillary is Bush-Lite or another supporter of US War Policy.
    They don't need a prez to start a war, but one to continue to "softsell" one. She has a seat on the Senate Armed Services Committee and the day after she miraculously wins the NH Primary, Defense Sec'y Gates requests more troops for Afghanistan.

    Kerry like Obama was against the invasion of Iraq, so you can see how this is shaping up.

    January 10, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  48. Mike

    John Kerry, two labor unions, and the mayor of Atlanta, seems as though the bandwagon has started. This is an election about the future of the country, therefor this should be a discussion of the candidates stands. This story should not be about the "horse race" please try to educate the public about the issues, for races there are other channels. As is there are other channels for news. I am searching for those channels.

    Good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 10, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  49. Tracey

    John Who? He's the reason the Democrats lost the 2004 election!! I didn't like Kerry then, and I don't like Kerry now. I hope his endorsement helps Hillary. Why elect Obama, did he think his public announced phone calls to Kenya was going to help him?? Obama will get our troops out of Iraq and into Africa (at least there's oil in Iraq)!!!

    January 10, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  50. Ryan Farrar

    this is almost as significant as Pat Robertson endorsing Rudy... in that it's completely meaningless in the eyes of most voters, who view Kerry as the horrible failure and product of the establishment that could not do what most people thought any idiot could do: beat Bush in '04. Obama asked him for this endorsement... I'm not sure I would've accepted it.

    January 10, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  51. Ed

    In the exoteric it won't help Obama, but in the esoteric it could mean a lot or nothing at all.

    January 10, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  52. Tom B

    I don't trust polls, especially in tight races!!

    I have personally told 'white lies' to the pollsters, as to who I voted for, or was going to vote for, who have called me at home, or caught me as I was exiting my polling place. Just my little jab at the pollsters!!

    Would somebody PLEASE tell Senator Webb of Virginia to run for President!!??

    January 10, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  53. Warren Edmondson

    Jack, Of course I will continue to believe in polling(except for Fox, News?). Acccept polls for what they are, a snapshot of the moment. As for trusting the media. I follow my grandfathers advice (rest his soul). He always said, "Trust everybody, but you still cut the cards".

    January 10, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  54. Carol Hudson

    In 2006, John Kerry made a terrible gaff when he tried to make a joke connecting education with serving in Iraq. From that moment on, the Corker campaign in Tennessee (this from a Corker campaign insider) saw the polls turn in their favor. Kerry managed to shift the national debate/conversation from the pending elections to himself for about 24 hours. Those 24 hours were very negative for the Democratic party and were critical for the 7 Democrats trying to win 7 Senate seats held by the Republican party. So, if I were Obama, I would look upon this endorsement with some trepidation. Personally, I don't think Kerry will have any positive effect on the Obama campaign. Kerry is not one of the Democratic party's favorite sons. He lost the election in 2004 by poor management and I saw why in 2006. I'm not saying anything negative about Obama, but for my money, Kerry could just as well have stayed in Massachusetts.

    January 10, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  55. Don

    Jack;

    Wow Kerry is a real friend to his running mate John Edwards. This confirms for me what I've thought all along, The Democrats have no plan, no clue and no respect nor common sense. A question for the Drive-by Media.."It this type of person you really want to "Lead" our country?

    Looney Toones again. The Clinton News Netwoork swaloowned the perdictions on NH primary and continue to bemore fun than the Cartoon Network!

    January 10, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  56. Don Peake

    Jack, once more we see how one-sided you are on anything involving Obama vs Clinton. Kerry's endorsement is "huge?" Tim Johnso, totally unknown to even most democrats, makes a "key" endorsement? Oh, and we'll all switch to The Chosen One now that the mayor of Atlanta tells us to? Jack, quit simpering like a schoolgirl ogling the star quarterback!

    January 10, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  57. Brett

    This is only going to hurt his message. Obama has already taken much criticism from accepting many old Clinton Advisors. For being strong advocate of change, Obama can't expect to accept Democratic establishment while criticizing Clinton for being too established in Washington. For the record, I disagree with you guys. Since when was Kerry a well respected democrat.

    January 10, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  58. Linda~n~Wisconsin

    Endorsements are so yesterday!! Politicians who take sides now are only going to make it worse for Obama's big unity plan. There will be fighting within each party. Reminds me of grade school and who can you get on your side.

    Newspapers are outdated by the time they hit the consumer. And the unions!! Well how much power do they have anymore? And I could care what any of them have to say about who to vote for.

    Just don't put Norris and Kerry together with those white teeth..........talk about global warming.

    No matter how much media tries to stuff Obama down my throat, I am not voting for him. I agree with Richardson, this country needs an experienced leader.

    January 10, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  59. paul

    I do not believe Kerry's endorsement wil have any impact with registered Democrats, many of whom, such as myself, are still upset with the ineffectual campaign conducted by him in '04. Kerry, however , reminds me of Obama. Both are men who score high marks for oratory but come in a bit short on substance.
    Paul

    January 10, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  60. Bruce

    Senator Kerry's endorsement is a positive for several reasons, raising money, his huge email list, etc. But I think the two most obvious positives are that it takes Senator Clinton's win in New Hampshire out of the headlines and it puts pressure on John Edwards. A win in South Carolina by Senator Obama will all but kill Edward's chances at the nomination. Obama wants a two person race, and who do you think the Edward's supporters will go to if he drops out? I think it is obvious they will vote for Obama. So this endorsement is a plus.

    January 10, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  61. Lewis

    Not very much but not insignificant. I dont think any endorsement can be considered a bad endorsement anymore. Even though Kerry lost the previous election, he still had the qualifications to run. I believe that Kerry is trying to say that Obama has the experience to do the job. It depends on how close this race ends up being. Quite honestly it really is the Edwards factor.

    January 10, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  62. Chaya

    A big yawn.Kerry does not have the decency to acknowledge Edwards,whose chances he sank last time around.He says Obama "can be ,Should be,Will be our" president.Who does HE thinks he is to make those pronouncements.He better watch it,else he may have to retire from politics for good, next election cycle!

    January 10, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  63. Arlene Brumfield

    JACK: shameful and shallow of kerry: He will never go into his voting place and pull a lever for Obama. He knows as well as i do this guy is not prepared to be in charge of this scarey world we are living in. He has an unfinished agenda with the Clinton's.-–As far as i am concerned, he has just flushed his political life down the sewer.

    January 10, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  64. Tom Bulger

    As we have just seen, we vote on emotion more than reason.

    Everyone knows now that the swift boating was a dirty trickster lie. Kerry is a decorated hero. So America feels we owe Kerry one. That doesn't even mention the voting machine fiasco, and the GSA investigation for Congress into who actually won the election. It's like when the umpire makes a bad call on Manny Ramirez and then evens things up with another bad call in favor of the hitter, Americans will pay attention to Kerry. WE owe him one.

    January 10, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  65. MATHIEU

    Barack Obama does not need Kerry's endorsement but it will help. He is a Uniter. We need to stop branding the him with the candidate of " Change " and somehow he has no messages. I think it is ridiculous. The Clinton camp has no message neither. They are now running on the " CHANGE " band wagon. Give me a break...

    " CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN"

    January 10, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  66. Rita

    Unfortunately, I think it does help Obama, don't like to admit it. You see I am voting for the other guy, or shall I say lady, so it did make me a little nervous to see someone with more experience, like Kerry,backing Obama, it's too close as it is.

    Rita, California.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  67. Justin Vickers

    Kerry's ultimate flip-flop! Edwards was good enough for veep 4 years ago, but now Kerry makes this Obama endorsement in Edwards' home state?! I think Republicans will make use of this flip-flop to their own good against Obama... additionally citing support for him from a beltway insider. I also believe this will benefit Senator Clinton on her path to the White House

    January 10, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  68. Mike, Saratoga springs, NY

    Kerry's endorsement of Obama serves more as a political slap in the
    face to Hillary Clinton than approval of Obama's ideals. It's an indication
    of who they DON"T really want as the Democratic nominee.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  69. Bill Walsh

    We don't have to worry about Barack Obama anymore,Ketchup Kerry just gave him the kiss of death.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  70. joe m

    as a whole this endorsement does not mean that much, except possibly to broaden obama's base and help him raise more money. specifically, it is important in that it is slowly exposing the division within the democratic party. what will really make mark is if bigger names, such as kennedy, pelosi, and other with higher profiles start to gravitate to the obama camp. the message that will send to the clintons is we want to win the white house and you are not the person who can do this for us.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  71. Erik

    I'm just waiting to see who Mike Dukakis endorses...

    Who cares who Kerry endorses.

    Erik in Maine

    January 10, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  72. Troy Hawkins

    Kerry couldn't even beat a person that couldn't pronounce the word nuclear. No reason why Kerry should of blown that election. To top it off we know Kerry has bad judgement he's endorsing Obama instead of Edwards. It should be Edwards in 08!

    January 10, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  73. Larch

    John Kerry endorsing Barack Obama does nothing to change my vote or influence me whatsoever as Kerry did nothing to elucidate the Obama platform apart from that vague call for change.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  74. Humberto Gomez

    Talk about foresight, one presidential looser endorsing another

    January 10, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  75. Steve Kendall

    Since I had to hold my nose while voting for Kerry this pretty much ensures I will not vote for Obama. Kerry proved he did not know what was best for this country when he failed to actually defend himself in 04.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  76. Lourdes

    So he is being endorsed by the last loser who ran for President? Yeah, it's going to be a great endorsement for Obama. He was supposed to be a candidate for change. I guess that's out the door.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  77. Ruben

    A kerry endorsment is about effective as scratching and itch with poison ivy.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  78. Jack (Boston, MA)

    It will likely mean as much for Obama as Al Gore's endorsement meant for Howard Dean in December of 2003. 'Nuff said. Plus, if this race is going to turn into a contest of big endorsements, go take a look at Hillary Clinton's and you will quickly see that that is not a contest that Barack Obama can win.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  79. Doreen

    I think because the endorsement was done in South Carolina that is is a true slap to Senator Edwards. And, I am sure Senator Clinton would like everyone to endorse her.

    I think the most important aspect of this endorsement is that Senator Kerry does have a huge data base that he can share with Senator Obama - very nice.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  80. Ben

    John Kerry represents ties to a government that does not look after its people. In my eyes its a bad move to gain endorsements from someone in the same fraternity as the current mess of a president. Doesn't seem to promote his idea of change to me.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  81. Karla Shelley

    I care much more about who Bill Clinton endorses than John Kerrey. Nothing against Obama–just think Hilary is the best one for the job right now.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  82. Austin

    For Barack Obama's campaign, Kerry's endorsement was timed beautifully to do exactly what the media (including your show) is doing: provide more airtime to talk about Obama. For the individual voter how important is one senator supporting another? Not very.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  83. Ed

    So let me get this right, Kerry was for Edwards before he was against him?

    Ed
    Montana

    January 10, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  84. Andrew Gaiziunas

    About as important as his early win in Iowa. It sure won't create an avalanche of support.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  85. Aj

    I may be young but he,I feel is a very important endorsment for Obama! Kerry almost beat out the president!

    January 10, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  86. Dave

    Kerry endorsed Obama before he “un – endorses” him.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  87. Steve

    The Kerry endorsement is nice, but not as big a deal as it may have been if it came BEFORE Iowa. Ultimately, Kerry is exactly the type of established, more-old-school-than-not type of politician that Obama is posturing himself as NOT being.

    Still, in politics, almost any friend you can find is a good friend when it comes to high-profile endorsements and Kerry is still pretty beloved by your average Dem.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  88. Clarence

    I don't think Kerry's endorsement hurts, but I'm not sure it really helps either. As a matter of fact, I don't blame Kerry for not backing Edwards. His campaign is a sincking ship. Besides it's not like the Clintons rush to campaign for him in '04 either.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  89. Steve

    John Kerry's endorsement is not going to influence my vote. I may have voted for Kerry in 2004 but I still believe that this year I will vote based on the candidate themselves, not what they can do to pull votes.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  90. Scott Harris

    John Kerry's endorsement is meaningless to Barak Obama. Kerry lost to George Bush, plain and simple. We as a country must move forward and not pay attention to petty endorsements on either side.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  91. Neal

    Have we forgotten he's the most famous Flip-Flopper in history. Maybe tomorrow he'll endorse Hillary.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  92. Isaiah

    If Al Gore is listening, please, let him know that we are waiting for his endorsement.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  93. Jeff Gerber

    Kerry blew what should have been an easy election for the Democrats. His endorsement should not be considered to be any more important than that of any other sitting U.S. Senator. It may even hurt Obama with the endorsement serving as something of a "death kiss" considering the fact that many Democrats see Kerry in a bad light since he dropped the ball for us.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  94. Katrina Ross

    Hello Jack,
    I don't think endorsements of individuals, or newspapers, etc. make much of a difference. A month from now, who's going to remember that John Kerry endorsed Obama, and not Clinton? It doesn't matter. John Kerry is just another senator at this point, who happened to have an unsuccesful bid for the White House. What difference does it make to anyone what John Kerry thinks, and I supported Kerry.
    Regards,
    Katrina
    Lexington, Kentucky

    January 10, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  95. Chris in Maryland

    John Kerry is the ghost of Democrats past. This was a perplexing move for a candidate who is running on a message of change.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  96. Richard, Orlando, FL

    Senator Kerry's endorsement will do nothing. I recall 4 years ago, Al Gore did the same thing to his former-running-mate Senator Lieberman – it didn't make a difference either.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  97. Maura

    I think John Kerry is politically irrelavant – he lost to the worst president in history! 'Nuff said.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  98. Lisa Stewart

    Hmm...I've received emails recently from the "Kerry" organization, and will now add those to the "Blocked Senders" file. His endorsement is like a poison...no wonder Edwards was gracious...HE WAS RELIEVED.

    I supported Kerry/Edwards in 2004 because of Edwards!! Kerry was just the lesser of two evils when compared to Bush.

    Sorry, Mr. Obama, but your emails will go into the "spam" file as well.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  99. Risa

    How important can it be? Despite a war gone bad, an economy going no where, balooning deficits and an opponent that had forfeited American respect abroad, John Kerry let Democrats down in 2004.

    Hillary still has more House and Senate endorsements than all other candidates combined, because they know what it's like to work with her and experience counts. We need a nominee (and a President) who can deliver!

    January 10, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  100. Tim, Honolulu, Hawaii

    Just as I was beginning to like Obama, a Skull & Bonesman endorses him? To me hinders my liking for him.
    It really makes me wonder if we will ever get a candidate without ties to the "elite" that want to run the world.
    I doubt you will read this on the air but I am posting it anyways.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  101. Ricardo Perez

    If I were Senator Obama, I would not want a losers endorsement. I bet the Edwards campaign is happy they don't have to contend with Kerry anymore and Senator Clinton shouldn't be concerned either.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  102. AL

    Obama now needs Mondale's endorsement to prove that he's the real establishment and Hillary's the real change!

    January 10, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  103. Greg Little

    The John Kerry endorsement is a good thing for Obama. It shows that he does have some support from the old Democrat "establishment". These kinds of endorsement, from sitting Congress members and prominent democratic leaders, could very well propel Obama to a win.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  104. Peter

    I think Obama would have been better off without Kerry's endorsement. Kerry is old school , washington insider and doesn't fit with Kerry's message of change.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  105. Phil

    Who wins between Hillary and Obama comes down to where the Edwards' votes will ultimately go ... Kerry's decision, more than anything else, hurts Edwards and pushes him closer to dropping out. With Kerry, so may go Edwards' voters – it's pretty certain that Edwards himself would do the same. The dye is cast.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  106. Mary

    I don't feel john Kerry's endorsement means much, except he has forgotten his dignity and loyalty.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  107. Margaret

    Kerry's endorsement is extremely important! If not only for the names Obama will obtain but it also displays Democratic backing for Barack Obama! If more democrats (or independents) support Obama, it convinces others to join the Obama bandwagon! Whether or not that's a good outcome for the country, I don't know.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  108. Theodore

    I don't believe Kerry's endorsement is worth much at all. After all, the only reason people voted for him in 2004 was because he was "the lesser of the two evils." The fact that he blew the opportunity to beat George W. Bush further makes him a worthless endorsement.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  109. Rav Khinda

    This will hurt Edwards more than it will help Obama. What a slap in the face this must be to know that even your former running mate doesn't think you can get the nomination.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  110. Chris M.

    Kerry's as well as the other key endorsements Obama has picked up and those coming down the pipe illustrate Obama's poularity among the party. However, Kerry isn't exactly the party's prom king; but it could be worse, Speaker Pelosi could have endorsed him and ended his campaign all in one shot.
    Thanks Jack

    January 10, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  111. john engel

    An endorsement from a proven liah who was discredited and exposed for his dishonest and self serving fabrications can't be a positive.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  112. Doug

    Very important, – now if he can just get the endorsement of Gore -!

    January 10, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  113. Patty Craven

    Very important! Excellent, in fact! I can't smile big enough 😀 Change is all around Barack Obama. Anyone who can't see it, is looking backwards!

    January 10, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  114. Tony

    John Kerry’s endorsement means nothing. The Dems had to hide him during the 2007 elections, because of his blunders.
    Obama’s campaign is suppose to be about change; yet he aligns himself with the biggest bureaucrat in Washington.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  115. Jack C

    That endorsement and a dollar will get you a coffee at McDonalds.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  116. ray74mond

    It is a huge endorsement. What people fail to realize is that the change will have to come from the old and new, and we need more seasoned politicians to change. Sorry Hillary, maybe you can sit out the next 8 years, maybe then you'll learn what it really means to serve.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  117. Dennis Petrie

    While I'm sure Barak Obama's campaign will try to make the most out of the Kerrey endorsement, I'm not sure how helpful the endorsement of a loser will have on the outcome of the primary season. Obama should at least be pleased that Kerrey didn't turn the endorsement into the same sort of blunder he created for Phil Angelidis during his campaign for CA Governor against Schwarzenegger last year.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  118. Fitzgerald

    Who cares what Kerry has to say? We obviously didn't we he ran for President, and we don't now. I guess Kerry is just another example of Baracks false sense of hope he wants us to believe in.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  119. Ryan Flamerich

    Jack this endorsement shows a side that many in this country haven’t or don’t want to see. It shows that when it comes down to it Obama is as much a part of Washington as any of the other candidates in the presidential race. The idea that Obama will somehow end the partisan divide in Washington is absurd. He is so far left he makes Hilary Clinton and John Edwards look like moderate Republicans.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  120. beuna

    HI Jack ; He (Kerry) didn't win 4 years ago. Did he? Why would his endorsement help any body. If anything it would hurt their changes.
    Beuna in New York

    January 10, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  121. william coley

    john kerry's endorsement of barak oboma is a disaster. if he had any clout he would be running himself.but he had better sence. if he endorsed me i would send it back in the mail as"return to sender"

    January 10, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  122. Chy

    I was going to write a more sophisticated reason about why I think Kerry's endorsement is a good thing, but then I saw the way he embraced Obama on TV, and I just have to come right out and confess: just seeing Black and White people, leaders, children, television sets, etc. come together all because of this one guy, Obama, reeeaallly gets the "GOD BLESS AMERICA!" out of me.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  123. Ron Harshman FL

    I do not believe that the Kerry endorsement will mean much positively. Kerry's intent to smack both Edwards and Clinton will be seen for what it really is... sour grapes and retaliation as opposed to an honest belief that Obama is the best candidate.

    Obama has said nothing about what he believes or what he will fight for. He only sings the song of change and "Yes, We Can". In order to understand where he satnds on real issues that the USA must face, one only needs to check out the website of his Church. If Obama follows the teachings of this religious leader, which is definitely does, the USA would move backwards on many, many issues.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  124. Barath Raghavan

    I think the Kerry endorsement will be a small but welcome boost for the Obama campaign, especially among staunch Democrats who might otherwise support Clinton.

    Also, I was surprised at how Kerry was both dynamic and impassioned (two words I would have never used to describe him before) in his endorsement of Obama. Maybe he, like Al Gore, was set free to speak as a person rather than a candidate after his narrow defeat in '04.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  125. Nick Louisburg NC

    It is not what mr. kerry thinks. It is what the people think. The people vote. Jack your doing a grest job i love your show.

    Thanks

    January 10, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  126. bachir

    there a mathematical formula for this endorsement:
    flip flopper+flip flopper=NOT CHANGE

    January 10, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  127. Larry Smith

    From one loser to another. Please stop trying to influence my vote with your
    obivous preverence of Obama. I would put the media in the same category as
    Kerry and Obama......LOSERS!!!!!

    January 10, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  128. Allan --- Jupiter, FL

    An endorsement from Kerry is important on the surface, but I wonder how valuable it really is, without those 3 million contributor names attached?

    January 10, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  129. Andru

    This does not mean very much. John Kerry really screwed up against President Bush. Also watching John Kerry and Sen. Obama next to each other kind of brings a sense of similarity. Both are very liberal. This is bad news for Sen. Obama. Will this race turn out like 2004? I personally do not think so. Sen. Clinton has too many supporters.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  130. William

    All it is is Kerry letting us know he is still around. It wont affect any outcome of a state, or the election.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  131. Francis Boateng, UMKC, Kansas City

    The endorsement of Kerry does carry a big weight though. But it will go some mile to pull some voters towards Obama. Remember, Kerry has some faithfuls who believe his recommendations about Obama and will eventually vote for someone endorsed by Kerry

    January 10, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  132. Jim H.

    Kerry endorsing Obama is just another flip flop from the all time flipper. How he could not endorse his former running mate, or at very least, withold any endorsement of another candidate, is beyond belief. Maybe the swift boaters were right after all. I want my 2004 vote back!

    Jim from Saratoga

    January 10, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  133. Linda

    The Kerry endorsement may have helped Obama out in the NH primaries, but I don't think it will have that much of an effect on the rest of the primaries and caucuses.

    By having someone like Kerry endorse Obama, only reminds people how much Kerry flip flopped in '04 and that he has no loyalty when it comes to his colleagues. Does anyone remember how much Gore got bashed for endorsing Dean instead of Lieberman?

    If Kerry had kept on the radar as a positive, influential politican after his loss in '04, he may have a better influence. I believe that this endorsement will only make more Edwards and Clinton supporters fired up.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  134. Beverly

    Quite frankly, I was disappointed in Kerry's announcement. I was a Kerry supporter in the last election and still think he would have made a good president.

    My problem with Obama is he's espousing change and coming together – which we do need – but I don't know where he stands on the issues. That should be important to all voiters.

    In the debates, I was most impressed with Bill Richardson and Hillary Clinton's depth of understanding of the issues and their complexities. My problem with the democrats right now is the lack of discussion on "illegal" immigration.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  135. Devin Hubbard

    No. I'm sure Clinton's establishment spin machine will turn Kerry's endorsement against Obama. But I HOPE she won't.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  136. G. Middlebrooks

    I think John Kerry's endorsement of Sen. O'Bama is huge!! I think there are many many Americans who are on the same page with Barack. Truly a new change, a breath of fresh air, to say the least. At last here is a candidate who thinks the working men and women of American (despite ethnicity) deserves to be heard and listened to and some of the problems solved as a result of a sorry Bush Administration. Hopefully some new judges to the Supreme Court will be named, if in fact that is possible with an O'Bama presidency...

    January 10, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  137. Jeff

    Kerry's endorsement for Obama is weak and will probably hurt him. Remember, Kerry got spanked by Bush in 2004, Bush? Edwards and Clinton are probably thrilled to death ~ truth be known.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  138. Chase Hardin

    Considering John Edwards was Kerry's running mate in 2004, it would seem that Kerry only endorsed Obama as an opposition canidate against Hilary. Typical – another male ego hurt by a woman who might win at something he lost at.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  139. Dave Ayers

    John Kerry's endorsement of Obama is more like a Last Ditch Effort for him to get to the White House. Kerry's been out to pasture, so lets round him back up and put a lock on the gate!

    January 10, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  140. Jon

    I was a Kerry supporter in 2004, and am an undecided voter as of today. I do not think there is any significance in this or any endorcement for that matter. At the end of the day, the person making the endorcement knows just as much about what this person would do in office as any ordinary voter does. This is politics at its best. At the end of the day, I do not feel anyone should decide on who to vote for because of what politicians or celebrities endorce them.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  141. D Moore

    Barack Obama will have to win this on his own like everyone else. That Texas Ranger guy didn’t help Hukabe much did he.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  142. Oscar Wang from California

    This endorsement is as important as Hillary Clinton almost tearing up. Oh wait...nevermind. This endorsement is only as important as how the media covers it, as with every other bit of political news.

    Nevertheless, it is a positive for Barack. Kerry's 3 million voter database can be tapped into, obviously a big resource for Obama's campaign. Kerry is sound in domestic and foreign policy matters, and it might make a few voters think twice before brushing Obama aside for not enough experience. Remember – Barack has held more time in elected office than Clinton.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  143. Bob Townsend

    Kerry must be a poor judge of character. Because obviously he doesn't feel Edwards is the best choice. Why didn't he pick Obama as his VP 4 years ago. Kerry is obviously pandering for a bigger role should Obama get the nomination, but I feel that his endorsement has little effect.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  144. Alexandre Barbier

    Hello Jack – and Lou, while I'm at it!

    Come to think of it, this should come as no surprise. After, this is the John Kerry for whom i voted but conceded defeat without a whimper of a protest. Oh, and he never did like the Clintons. Both he and Al Gore studiously avoided the association. We'll always wonder to what extent it contributed to their loss (though Gore did win), and whether their blessing will really be a curse for Obama.

    And stop getting your anger in the way of your intelligence, Jack! You too, Lou!

    January 10, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  145. Ray BenDavid

    I was going to vote for Obama, but I oppose the traitor, John Kerry, so much that his endorsement for Barach has made my mind up to do all I can to repell his election. He has lost my vote due to his association with a murderous traitor that got away with TREASON.
    I will never forget, neither will any other vet that draws breath of what John Kerry did in his past that caused death to many soldiers in captivity during the Vietnam Era.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  146. vickie

    Endorsements are nice for the candidates. But my vote is not influenced by endorsements or influenced by money. I just want the facts so i can make an informed decision.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  147. Alesha

    I strongly believes it helps Obama's campaign. Senator Kerry was a presidential candiate, he has contacts and tdatabase of voters on his side.
    I also know this will stuck Hillary's craw. I wonder if she will cry about this too, then have a defensive and upset Mr. Clinton start insulting Obama again.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  148. Ilene

    Any endorsement that is not for Clinton is important. Clinton has already been bought and sold in Washington. It that what people want? Is that what they think experience is??

    January 10, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  149. Michael Gehri

    Kerry – I suppose he wants to be VP...what did Obama do to Kerry to deserve this...?
    Folks, if Kerry was really behind Obama he'd write a huge check from his wife's account and not say anything...

    January 10, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  150. Noreen

    I think the endorsement of Obama by Kerry is moot at best. Kerry was un-electable as a Democrat and New Hampshire showed America that when you close that curtain to vote all of the "political correctness" is gone. It's just YOU and the ballot. We're waiting for someone to point out the "white" elephant in the campaign. Does a black man ACTUALLY stand a chance of winning an election? Can he carry even ONE Southern state? So, I say to the Democrats – if you put the WRONG person up against the Republicans again...you're just throwing the election away ONCE AGAIN!

    January 10, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  151. dan from medicine hat

    John Kerry was definately a candidate for change. He changed his mind on every issue that came in front of him.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  152. Laurie Morgenthal

    Given that this campaign has been moving in the direction of fresh faces and change, one should take into consideration the fact that people have negative as well as positive contributions to make. I believe that Kerry's endorsement is much more a slap in the face to Edwards than it is earth-moving for Obama.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  153. Chris From Florida

    How important is Kerry's endorsement to me? It's personal to me being an Edwards supporter. I feel like I've been thrown under the bus by the democratic party just like John Edwards. That's O.K. if McCain gets the nomination for the Republican party I'll get a chance in November to throw the Democratic party under the same bus.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  154. Keith Ellsworth

    Kerry's endorsement of Obama shows he makes decisions based on polls, not ability. This is a man who could not beat one of the most unpopular Presidents of all time. By snubbing John Edwards, it shows Kerry's got no class. His endorsement is meaningless.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  155. dan B

    After not coming out to protect his record from the "Swift Boat" people, both the Republicans and the Democrats hold Senator John Kerry in low esteem. His endorsement is the kiss of death for Obama.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  156. Justin D

    I believe this to be a huge deal for Obama. There are a large percent of voters, alot of them democrats and independents who are having trouble deciding who will get there vote.. Almost half of voters voted for John Kerry three years ago. This may help voters who are on the fence make there decision.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  157. Kyle Moreland, 13

    Jack, it's needless to say that this is an excellent oppurtunity for Senator Obama that John Kerry is backing him up publicly. Also it's needless to say that the other democratic candidates are gong to feel the negative side of this. An endorsement by Kerry and other important governmental/public figures are very important in this election.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  158. Jake Jacobson

    Mr. Jack:

    Frankly if I were Obama, I would hesitate to accept the endorsement of a loser. Nothing personal here but I bet Clinton is REALLY GLAD that this endorsement did not swing her way. In addition, who needs Kerry when you have Big Bill in your corner?

    Seems to me that Obama should re-think whose endorsement he accepts.

    Jake Jacobson
    Murrieta, Ca.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  159. David Krahl

    Jack,

    Regarding the significance of the John Kerry endorsement of Barack Obama, I don't think I'd be too terribly concerned if I were Hillary Clinton or John Edwards. After as much "waffling" as Kerry did in the 2004 election, all Clinton or Edwards will have to do is wait a couple of weeks – and then he'll endorse them as well. This could well be the political version of last man – or woman – standing!

    David
    St. Petersburg, Florida

    January 10, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  160. Alex Auguste

    Remember, Al Gore came out early & endorsed Howard Dean during the primary contest of '04. So I think that speaks for itself. Have you noticed that Obama has become the establishment candidate with members of the national press & the democratic elite quickly becoming his biggest cheerleaders.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  161. david granfamilia

    I remember Kerry saying in 2004 that "He was for war funding, before he was against it," while Obama has said he would vote against war funding, but instead has supported it since arriving on the senate. I think its safe to assume that Kerry's endorsement reinforces the fact that both are waffling empty suits.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  162. Dick Eubanks

    Loser

    January 10, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  163. Vivek

    I think Kerry's support is great for Obama, it shows the old guys in the democratic party are not all falling in line with Hillary's tired campaign. You said Kerry could have become President, how could he when idiots like you and I voted for the dumbest man to be our President. I hope as a moderate republican
    Obama takes Clinton down politically and ends the whole Clinton era. New Hampshire did a huge disservice to our nation. Clinton is a fake and even the old guys in the party know it. Hopefully more democrats will follow Kerry's lead and have the guts to support someone thats not the establishment candidate. I'll be voting for Obama, he really does dish out hope like its candy, how can we not give this man a chance!

    January 10, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  164. Jon in Iowa

    It's an important endorsement only if the votes are actually counted this time around. At least Gore had the election stolen from him above the board.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  165. Jeff Graffam

    John Kerry's announcement today is more of a non-endorsement for his 2004 running mate, John Edwards. Educated voters will view this as a slap in the face for a struggling 3rd place candidate, and will not bode well for Edwards. Obama has struck a bi-partisan chord in this country – Mitt Romney practically endorsed him in New Hampshire just a few days ago!

    January 10, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  166. Becky

    John Kerry is "been there, done (well, not done) that" news. I don't give any weight to his endorsement, as I don't think any other Democrats will, as well. Ho-hum.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  167. Wendy M

    I find it intriguing that Kerry would endorse Obama, yet poetically beautiful he didn't endorse Edwards.
    Will it help Obama in the long run as far as a personal endorsement by a former candidate? I seriously doubt it, but his resources may prove invaluable to the Obama campaign.
    I sit here grinning at the idea Kerry did not endorse Edwards, why you ask? In the 2004 election both came out and said they would make sure every vote was counted before conceding, both broke that promise. I question the character of a man who makes a promise and then breaks it 8 hours later on national TV, and take little value out of his word now.
    Does it sway my vote that a man who can't keep his promises endorses a man we all hope will? Hardly

    January 10, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  168. Debby from Michigan

    Obama has to be nuts to have someone like John Kerry endorse him. Everytime I see or hear John Kerry talk I think of what he said about those in the Military. Remember everyone? He said only the uneducated served in the Military. He's an absolute jerk.

    No, I don't think John Kerry will help Obama election at all. John Edwards and Hiliary Clinton should count their blessings that Kerry chose Obama to endorse!!!

    January 10, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  169. Ruben

    zero + zero = ...........you guessed it ,.......ZERO!
    Thats like ,.........a loser plus an inexperience equals,............we're in trouble.

    The next president is going to need a lot of experience,,,,,,,,,,no matter what party takes the white house.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  170. Linda Chapman

    Jack, when I see Kerry and Durbin types supporting Obama, all I see are many BIG lobbyists. That sure doesn't look like change to me!

    Linda
    Laurinburg, NC

    January 10, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  171. Richard Pocker

    Of course Kerry endorsed Obama. Kerry was the Manchurian candidate for the Republicans in 2004. An Obama nomination with almost guarantee the White House to the Republicans in 2008.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  172. Mike

    I think Kerry's endorsement of Obama is very important because it helps to legitimize Obama and showcase that Kerry clearly sees what the rest of the world did during that New Hampshire primary. Who would've ever thought 2 years ago that Obama would perform that strongly against Hilary Clinton in a bid for President of the United States of America. Who would've thought Hilary would be having this tough a fight?

    This further weakns the attempts by the Clinton Campaign to diminish Obama as a dreamer that can only speaks and promises fairy tales, but can't get anything done. Well apparently the democratic nominee whom the democratic party was so firmly behind not too long ago believes in that Fairy Tale as well.

    I'm not normally into predictions, but Obama looks like our Democratic Nominee. That's the vibe I'm getting and anything else I feel is just a guarantee that the Republicans will win the White House yet again.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  173. Leonard

    This endorsement only brings more media attention to a candidate who is running a campaign not on his abilities, but solely on his rhetoric. Kerry failed to win an election which was handed to him, why would the American people trust anything he says However, I think the American people will soon see Obama’s inability to be president, and look at the candidates who are able to bring stability to a failing economy and nation.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  174. sam

    huge endorsement for Obama, most people will say this or that but this is a man started from nothing no family name to run on and is doing really well. So regardless of the endorsement which is a great thing he has shown that he can stand on his own. Kerry has seen the vision in the young man and decided against all odds to back him. Great job Kerry. Keep your vision UP Sen. OBAMA.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  175. Erin

    This endorsement will do nothing to help Obama. It may in fact hurt him. I don't think Obama should be thrilled about endorsement from a "status quo" senator who lost to George W. Bush, arguably the worst president in recent history. The fact that Kerry lost to Bush, even by a small margin, was a huge loss for the Democratic party and for the country. The Democratic presidential candidate should have won big in 2004, let alone lose. Further, Jack, did you hear Kerry's speech proclaiming his endorsement? Why isn't Obama or anyone endorsing him speaking about REAL issues and SPECIFIC reasons why he is "superb", rather than simply saying he can "change" (SOO sick of that word!) this country. Come on. America is not stupid. This year, more than any other, we are listening very closely to the candidates and we want to hear about issues and specific opinions. The Democrats better not screw up the election this time. The Democratic nominee, whoever that may be, better get specific about plans for "change".

    Erin
    Los Angeles, CA

    January 10, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  176. Glenn Craig

    Iraq used to produce 3 million barrels of oil per day. Today it manages to produce 1.8 million barrels per day. My question is that when we pull out of Iraq that 1.8 million barrels goes with us. What effect will that have on world oil prices? Can we afford to find out that we can't leave because we won't be able to afford it at home over oil prices? Won't that be wicked? Someone should ask the candidates about this.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  177. Medfaljay

    One question: where's Kerry's loyalty???

    January 10, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  178. Margaret H Phillips

    I don't believe it will help Obama ,if anything it could hurt him.Will probably end up helping Edwards instead, Or even Hillary. Kerry should have kept quite if he could not endorse Edwards. Looks as if Kerry only wants attention. What a way to get it.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  179. Terance

    I think the endorsement will be a great boost to his campaign. This is just an example of common sense when you see what this country is up against. Obama is the only candidate that can really make a change for the better out of this mess that Bush has got us in.

    Terance
    San Francisco

    January 10, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  180. Alexandre Barbier

    Hello Jack – and Lou, while I'm at it!

    Come to think of it, this should come as no surprise. After, this is the John Kerry for whom I voted and who conceded defeat without a whimper. Oh, and he never did like the Clintons. Both he and Al Gore studiously avoided the association. We'll always wonder to what extent it contributed to their loss (though Gore did win), and whether their blessing will really be a curse for Obama.

    And stop getting your anger in the way of your intelligence, Jack, and you too, Lou.

    An angry citizen – angry at your anger!
    Alexandre Barbier, New York

    January 10, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  181. Mike Boileau

    Kerry wants to become vice President. What better way then this?

    January 10, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  182. ike nwabinwe

    Al Gore endorsed Howard Dean against Joe Liberman his former running mate and we know how howard Dean ended. Kerry edorsement of Obama does not mean a thing, he (Kerry) blew an election that was handed to him in a platter of gold. If I was Obama, I will accept loosers resources and not open endorsement. Good luck Obama and Hilary.
    Ike

    January 10, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  183. Ish Chavez

    I believe Kerry's endorsement of Obama will not impress the average Democrat. However, it will weaken Edward's support considering many of his supporters were Kerry/Edwards voters in the previous presidential election. Strategically, such a move is intended to break Edward's support, many of which do not want a return to the Clinton era.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  184. eugene,maryland

    senator kerry's endorsement of barack obama will diffuse mrs clintons experience playcard.this will let many who were doubting obama's experience to take a different look at the guy.if experienced senators like senator kerry think barack obama is qualified to be president,senator clinton should stop her rhetoric of thinking she is the only one qualified for the job.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  185. KCK

    When will people start focusing on substance. It may be too much to hope for given the great unwashed masses that by-in-large are upset by the writer's strike and how it interfers with satisfying the prime time preoccuptation of their narrow minds. The measure should be the substance of a candidate's positions and ideas on issues that matter – not a hollow endorsement from another that is little more than a "I like this guy' type statement.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  186. john

    John Kerry endorses Barack Obama? Well that certainly makes me reconsider Obama's electability... If an old-school establishment loser like Kerry endorses Obama - the so-called 'candidate of change' - there is something wrong!

    Why can't Democrats learn how to win? The Republicans have been showing them for years...

    January 10, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  187. Chris

    I have now officially lost all respect for John Kerry. Does he have any loyalty whatsoever? Edwards backed him even when the election was dirty and rigged by the Bush administration. I voted for him thinking he could bring the Clinton years back to the White House. Now that we have seemingly ended the reign of rigged states like Florida and we Democrats have a possibility once again the least he could do is back the hand that fed him, The Clintons. If not the Clintons, at least his former running mate. Have some dignity man! Being in the so called "young voter" catagory in this country I haven't fallen for the weak Martin Luther King Jr. wannabe candidate. Why has everyone else? I guess there really is an education problem in this country. I was lucky enough to get a good education. Apparently my peers have not...

    January 10, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  188. Andrew Alcott - High School student in Rochester, New York.

    Well Jack, its like they say. "Its the thought that counts". Senator Kerry's endorsement of Barack Obama should not be a surprise to the pundits, he did after all introduce Barack Obama to the world during the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Kerry's endorsement is an attempt by the Obama campaign to bridge the gap between older and younger Democrats. I wouldn't look to much into the substance behind the endorsement rather look to what could be a domino effect of Congressional Democrats giving there endorsements to Obama.

    The question lies not in whom Kerry endorses, but who is predecessor Al Gore endorses. Gore is the only candidate whom has any credibility left among the Democratic Party. Don't expect him to give Hillary the nod, Just ask John Edwards.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  189. Jeton Ame

    Well,considering about half of the voters in the 2004 presidental election voted for kerry,it could change the race to make obama the front-runner.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  190. Carol

    Kerry's endorsement gives balance to the Obama campaign. John Kerry lends his name to the long list of "established" politicians who support Obama's bid for the presidency.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  191. Eman Yarlagadda

    Jack – The endorsement will help but not much. Kerry has negatives as well especially the botched 2004 campaign. When we go to the polling booth all that matters is who will will in November and take this country in the right direction. I strongly believe it's Hillary Clinton. She can stand up to the Republicans and win. I do not believe Barak Obama can. It's also not clear what can Barak Obama do besides the motivational talk. I just don't know much about him. What's behind the efficient orator.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  192. bob davison

    Jack,
    I hardly think the endorsement of Nevada unions, whose dues paying members are largely illegal immigrants, is something we should be touting as an accomplishment worthy of our next President. John Kerry's motivation escapes me at this early juncture. John Edwards continues to send a message that should resonate with the average American and it is way to early to count him out.
    None of this is to discount the message of Senator Obama but please don't give away the nomination of the party that needs to step up to the plate and save us just yet! We need to have Hillary, Barack and John fighting it out for several more primaries to give us a choice and a chance to properly vet the candidates.
    Bob Davison

    January 10, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  193. Yasser El-Shimy

    Kerry blew it for the Democrats in 04 by not listening to Edwards. He did not campaign in red states. He did not counterattack the swiftboating.

    Kerry looks like he will blow it for the democrats in 08 again by endorsing a candidate who spent only one year in the Senate.

    He should have listened to Edwards in 2004, and he should have endorsed Edwards now.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  194. Melvin Harper

    Since I am an independent I have no dog in this fight but the way I see it,getting a endorsement from Kerry is the best thing to happen to Clinton since the NH primary. Same goes for the union endorsements from LV since they are all for AMNESTY and I am NOT.
    Melvin
    Colorado

    January 10, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  195. Thom Ingram

    What a turncoat! Makes me believe that there was more truth than fiction when Kerry's shipmates spoke badly of him during the election that he lost. After hearing of this endorsement for Obama rather than John Edwards I am very glad he didn't become president. This really shows a lack of loyalty to those who stood with him in the last election. I wonder what his shipmates are saying about him now.......
    Thom from Bar Harbor, Maine

    January 10, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  196. Andrew

    I don't think it is that big for Obama, but it is a huge blow to Edwards especially in his home state. Think back to 2004, didn't Al Gore endorse Howard Dean, and we all know how that one turned out.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  197. Robert Wuchte

    Jack:

    With this endorsement I do not believe that Barack Obama can run as a change candidate anymore. Lets get real John Kerry is definetly part of the establishment that Obama has been railing on. At least Hillary is more aligned with the real needs of america and not just spouting "inspirational words" which without substance means nothing....

    Bob W
    Sandwich, Illinois 60548

    January 10, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  198. Dave Ma

    Don’t know what you mean about Kerry screwing up. You mean the fact that he lied about his war record and didn’t deserve his medals? Or the flip flop part where he actually learned from his mistakes and corrected them instead of staying the course with a flawed plan. Wasn’t it the media that reported all this foolishness and dishonesty on Kerry’s part, thus saving us from what would have been a disastrous administration? Now you guys are doing it to Kucinich. Bite your tongue Jack.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  199. Karen in Philadelphia

    I was one of the 3 million names on John Kerry's list until I removed myself from it today. John Kerry's endorsement is a cynical move to insert himself into this race and gain support for his own reelection, which he also just announced. It's too early to be making these endorsements – let's give the people a chance to make up their minds on the issues. Kerry's endorsement did not cite one substantive reason to vote for Obama apart from the same vacuous statements that he'll bring us all together in some fantasy of nonpartisanship. This country is about issues and fighting for what you believe in, and we need a President who will work to get something concrete accomplished.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  200. Karen

    The endorsement means nothing...Edwards (yes, he's still a major player in this campaign, don't count him out) and Clinton are better off without Kerry hanging around in the shadows.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  201. Douglas Harris

    Kerry had his chance, and should let other Democrats decide who they support. He will then have his turn to support the nominee of the party in due time. Lets hope he fights harder for the nominee than he fought 4 years ago, and is not too proud to demean himself by fighting for what he believes in. An endorsement of an individual at this stage by the former candidate is totally premature and inappropriate.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  202. Tam Warner Minton

    John Kerry's endorsement is a blow to Edwards and to Clinton, but especially to John Edwards. Kerry's endorsement will help more financially than with any "change" currency.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  203. Obama Supporter

    A big plus for Obama, it is a blow to both Clinton and Edwards, mainly Edwards. People continue talking about how Obama isn't ready and doesn't have the experience. Obama is REAL, not a politician, and will work FOR the people, and hope the people will work for a better life in return. People say Barrack won't be right – I ask of those to NOT be afraid and willing to accept the change Barrack can bring to the future.

    -Obama Supporter

    January 10, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  204. Shawn

    As a Kerry supporter in the 2004 election campaign (what reasonable choice did I have?), Kerry's endorsement of Obama over Edwards probably reflects the disingenuousness that lost him that election. The people can smell a political animal and they shy away from its self-serving game-playing as well as they can–not easy when wealth is the overriding quality a candidate requires. There's no need for this endorsement at this time.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  205. Valerie Kristbergs

    I really do not care what celebrity, what politician, what organization, or anyone or thing else on earth endorses any candidate. Why should I? Is John Kerry looking for a cabinet position if Obama is elected president? Are all members of the culinary union going to vote for Obama? What DID John Kerry say in his endorsement speech? Absolutely nothing! I don't want "a superb talent. " I want a president ready for the job not a rookie or someone can just makes feel good speeches. Two years as a senator doesn't cut with the world as it is today. And, by the way, who will Obama surround himself with if he becomes president? Experienced people like Biden, Kerry, Clinton, Dodd who have been through it all and know or rookies? Just what we need more people in government who don't know what they are doing!!!

    January 10, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  206. Jordan - Cedar Rapids, IA

    For a campaign running on the idea of Change and already beginning to see voters and reporters questioning the substance behind Obama's promises, an endorsement from Kerry doesn't help.

    An endorsement from Kerry is an endorsement of the status quo and of Dems who walk away from a fight–referring of course to 2004. If they won't stand up for themselves, how can they be counted on to stand up for America?

    January 10, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  207. Dave

    This was a surprise, but I wonder if John Edwards is secretly wiping his brow with relief. So now Obama has been endorsed by Kerry – the guy who in '04 lost to one of our nations worst presidents...perhaps this is a blessing for Edwards more than anyone.

    John Edwards in '08!

    January 10, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  208. louisemiddleton

    If he (john kerry) forgets his friends so quickly why should anyone pay any
    attention to his endorsements.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  209. Chris Goodwin

    I concur with the majority of bloggers who believe that the Kerry endorsement is virtually meaningless. I have a hard time taking the advice of a person who refused to stand up to the "Swift Boat" attacks like a real man should have. Obama may eventually become the Democratic nominee, but he should be careful about sharing the stage with anyone who has displayed Kerry's particular kind of weakness.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  210. Pat Casagrande

    Since when did running for president, become a popularity contest?
    I worked for kerry campaign, and he of all people should realize experience and
    contacts mean so much when electing a president.
    We had the rah, rah, cheerleading that elected Bush ,and that sure turned out swell for all of us . When are people going to do their homework, my life was 100
    percent better when Clinton was president , how was yours?????

    January 10, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  211. James Anderson

    Kerry's endorsement is extremely important, because he was the most successful Democrat in the last election. Plus, now there will be no shortage of ketchup on the campaign trail.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  212. Jerry

    Jack, Kerry blew the last presidential election because he was a wimp and did not stand up to the swift boaters and other attacks. Who wants a wimp in the presidents office? Kerry will not help Obama. Maybe a real man would.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  213. Louis

    Are you kidding me? THAT'S HUGE! A network of that many people and the resources that could come from it are amazing. No matter how you feel about Senator John Kerry, a person which I have great respect for, his contribution to Senator Barack Obama's campaign are as you say Jack, priceless. The other campaigns should be feeling very nervous now.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  214. Rick

    Heck yes it's important Jack !!!!
    Didn't John Kerry LOSE ????

    January 10, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  215. Tom Dunn

    Funny how losing an election can break up the team of candidates, Gore and his supporters now separate themselves as far as possible from Joe Lieberman, who – after running for VP in 2000 – couldn't even be nominated by his own Democratic party in Connecticut in 2006. Now John Kerry has ditched his 2004 running mate John Edwards in favor of Barack Obama, which makes sense when you consider the rumors that Kerry didn't even like Edwards and considered him a phony even as they ran together to get rid of another phony politician. Shades of JFK and LBJ. Politics does make strange bedfellows, and we'll see how that maxim plays out in this campaign.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  216. Rita

    I think it does help Obama, don't like to admit it. You see I am voting for the other guy, or shall I say lady. It did make me nervous to see someone with more experience, like John Kerry, backing Obama. It's way too close as it is.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  217. Lenore Z.

    It is very important. Kerry's wife's billions can buy him the election. And that's what Obama knows. And me thinking that Obama had a little something different about him. Same old, same old. Might as well vote for the Clinton dynasty. Forget it, Barack. My loyalty is to John Edwards, the last honest man standing.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  218. Ross Richardson

    In 2004 John Kerry was a mistake. I could not believe he won the Democratic Party Nomination, just like now I can't understand what people see in Obama. Its going to take a lot more than good speeches to fix this mess we are in now. It should be obvious that Hillary Clinton is the only candidate that can get us out of this mess.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  219. Doug

    I think Senetor Kerry is great American who devetoed his life to the service of his country, but as far as campaign support??? My guess is the Edwards camp is giving a sigh of relief.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  220. Em Kim

    Kerry? Don't care for him much, not now or back in '04. I think more than being important for Obama's campaign, it's a personal blow to Edwards. He's just another "politician" to me with questionable motives. And his actions for going behind Edwards back to support Obama proves it.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  221. Joyce

    Our Democratic Party must be out to lunch as they just don't get "IT". "IT" being what this country desperatly needs. We do not have a good candidate running for office in either party but the democratic party has NO ONE! As a democrate, if Obama wins the Democratic Presidential Nomination, I will vote Republican. This country NEEDS to support a 3rd party so we can have a choice. And the Kerry's and Oprah's need to understand that as a middle class American (a class which is quickly diminishing) I do not feel any affiliation with them in their socio economic class or their personal endorsements.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  222. Brian from Chicago

    Barack Obama has made me an extremely proud American in recent weeks. Obviously, John Kerry is very proud of him as well. His endorsement is huge for the average American voter who sees it as another validation of Obama's candidacy. I realize John Kerry doesn't like the Clintons and has had dissagreements with John Edwards but nobody put a gun to his head to force this endorsemet.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  223. Troy

    Kerry? Impressive!... This guy couldn't get himself elected so I guess here is the real question? Is he helping him or hurting him? The answer is helping because the more distractions that are created with all of the candidates and who’s doing what, the less likely they will be grilled about the issues which they should be talking about. I don't care who's backing who. I care about what they are going to do about Immigration, the economy. Anything but Oprah, Bill or Kerry!

    Troy
    Indiana

    January 10, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  224. Sara

    Kerry also said that HE could and would be President.
    Yet, he lost to George W. Bush. Enough Said.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  225. George Herold

    I voted for Kerry back then. His remarks today mean as much to me as a distant depth charge did to my "boat" during WW2 – not much. I'mvoting for Hillary.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  226. Cullen (Lubbock, Texas)

    Everyone is going to try to dismiss this significant endorsement. The fact the Kerry has been around a long time (and has this so-called highly valued experience) is excellent and makes Obama a seemingly worthy and electable candidate. Oh I can't wait until Ted Kennedy, Al Gore, Bill Nelson, Barbara Boxer and other "experienced" politicians jump on the wagon as well. Hillary will really be shedding tears then. This time it won't work in her advantage and that is music to my ears!

    January 10, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  227. Makuer,

    Of course Jack, this endorsemant is a very importent to Barack Obama in his campaigning. His message is trully tell that, Barack Obama can change U.S. Not John Kerry is a only supporter for Obama . John Edward the candidate support Barack Obama too.

    Grand Rapids MI

    January 10, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  228. lindsay marie watson

    I just caught news of the Turncoat, Doubletalking, Two-faced Kerry supporting Obama....Another Turncoat, doubletalking two faced freshman Senator who refused to vote on issues 47 times other than to say "present"...Oh yes, this man is a leader....can't even vote on an issue. Then he refuses to say the Pledge of Alliegance....Just a man America needs. Like a bullet thru the head.

    Because of this, people already voted in 04 for another liar, underhanded Bush...People wake up!
    Politics are sickening.

    What Kerry is saying to the American people is just like how he voted for the war and then was against the war.....Obama has a "LOSER" supporting him.

    Truth be told; this should turn, and rightfully so, to Senator Clinton....Atleast she can stand for what she believes. When she wins the nomination, she should ask Edwards to be her Vice President....that might regain faith in the Democratic Party that is soooooo cowardly and dysfunctional. The lesser of two evils.

    To think I supported Kerry in 04 makes my stomach turn. Kerry is a fool who should retire and bury his head in a hole. Kerry must think all Americans are stupid and don't remember a thing....just like the Bush. Go Hillary!

    January 10, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  229. Dionisio

    Jack,

    it must be a mistake, tell me it isn't so, union endorsements (special interest), John Kerry(Washington insider), is this the same Obama? The Obama charade is beguinning to come undone at the seams. Endorsements do not sway voters they are just as useful as polls. It's just as ridiculous as the notion that unions can turn out their dissatisfied members to vote.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  230. Brian Nancoo - Trinidad

    There are kinder, more diplomatic, more collegial ways to phrase this, but this just about kills Obama. Kerry is a loser, found a way to lose the presidency for the Democrats when he should have been a shoo-in, but was so full of himself that he forgot that the voters want answers beyond the "Look at how rich and handsomw and successful I am!' reason. People won't see the Obama in Kerry but they will instead see the Kerry in Obama, and that my friends is bad, bad, news for Obama.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  231. celestine

    I think Obama can use John Kerry to go after Bill Clinton. Bill Clinton Called Obama campaign a fairy tale. How about his wife's? A Cinderella tale? Give us a break Bill.

    Celestine
    NJ

    January 10, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  232. Rich Kaminski, McKinney Texas

    That is kind of like Obama wearing a shirt with an arrow pointing towards Kerry that says, "Im with stupid". Probable not a good idea.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  233. BILLIE JONES

    IT MEANS NOTHING,AS EXPERIENCE ,THE ECONOMY,JOBS AND A WHOLE LOTE OF FOREIGNEXPERIENCE. OBOMA HAS NO PLATFORM NOTA. JUST A LOAD DRUM BEAT AND CHANTS AT HIS GATHERING. WE NEED EXPERIENCE. BILLIE

    January 10, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  234. kevin

    Obama is for change how does John Kerry fit into that ?
    Kerry can teach him how to flip flop !!!

    January 10, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  235. Albert Gedney

    Dear Jack,

    Does John Carrey really think that stabbing Edwards in the back will get him the Vice Presidency. Iv'e been a Democrat all my life and I am disgusted with his backing a candidate at this point in the race.
    al g.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  236. Tom NYC

    What is the 'Frenchman' up to? Is he throwing his hat into the ring for Vice President in the Obama administration? Kerry lost the election to President Bush. He should stick to snow boarding ,wind surfing, and sailing. Take the hint guy- you are a loser.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  237. freeramosandcompean

    By endorsing the snake oil salesman, Kerry is just trying to exact his revenge on America. He never got over the humiliation of losing the election to an idiot.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  238. David P. Vernon

    Historically, endorsements have become less and less important, as fewer people follow a given politician as "their leader", and instead make up their own minds. Kerry himself has almost no following, so there are no Kerry supporters to swing over to being an Obama supporter because of this. Whether Kerry will contribute any resources that will make a difference remains to be seen.

    I am greatly disturbed by the turn of events in the past week . There is now NO Democratic candidate running who has any executive experience. A sophisticated analysis of the failures of the GW Bush Administration points to a single, persistent flaw – administrative incompetence. W appointed a lot of unqualified people, took a lot of crappy advice, and bypassed and ignored many of the real professionals in Government service in favor of ideology, loyalty, and public relations. With the Democratic race reduced to three Senators, all of them relatively inexperienced even at that, we risk once again having a Chief Executive who does not know how to carry out the duties of an Executive Office.

    The focus on public speaking is misplaced. Speeches are not part of the Constitutional duties of a President. Vision is not part of the constitutional duties of a President. Policy is not within the powers and purview of the President. The job is Administration – appointing competent help, seeing that they do the job, meeting foreign dignitaries, seeing that the laws are faithfully carried out. None of the remaining Democratic Party candidates has ever done anything at all like this. Meanwhile, the Republicans have several still in the race who have done a similar job before, well, and can say that they will do it well again.

    I fear that, this week, the Democrats have already lost the 2008 Presidential election.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  239. Nick Tabor

    Perhaps Senator Kerry's endorsement will give extra flair to an aldready-inspirational campaign, but until Obama is able to support his feel-good rhetoric with actual solutions to the issues, I'll have to stick with tried-and-true Clinton.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  240. D.

    Well you see, considering Sen. Kerry gave that priceless database to Hillary the day after he conceded the election in 2004, I guess Obama gets a chance to work a fresh list that Hillary has already been working for four years – maybe now they're at least on the same playing field because they have access to the same information.

    I know that Sen. Kerry gave Hillary that list, because the day after his concession speech, I got an e-mail from Hillary for her Senate campaign, as did at least 20 of my fellow volunteers. Most of them unsubscribed, but I stayed on and sure enough it became Hillary's Presidential campaign. I suppose it's possible that Kerry gave his list to a third party which in turn gave it to Hillary, but isn't it odd that all the other candidates didn't have access to that same information from the start?

    Then again, when have the Clinton's ever played by the rules.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  241. Marque Snow

    John Kerry's endorsement in support of Sen. Barack Obama is one endorsement I'm glad Sen. Clinton hasn't received, because John Kerry almost destroyed the Democratic Party when he allowed the Republicans to publicly humiliate us on all issues including the War on Iraq, and run on FEAR. He crumbled in front of the Bush Machine, and allowed himself to become a laughing joke when it came to his honorable war record. It seems like every politician will hop on the Obama train like in NH, and when it gets rough they will be run to the other candidate. Ultimately Kerry is in it for re-election to be a man of change.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  242. David

    What a pity that Obama will be endorsed by a looser like Kerry. If Obasa is an agent of change like he is wont to be, why should kerry an old Washigtoner vote for an agent of change. And when does Kerrys opinion matter. So much pity that this will sound the death kernel for Obama, Clinton should take advantage of this. Now I am taking my vite away from Obasa and giving it to Clinton, just because of this singular act of a looser endorser

    January 10, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  243. SheilaR

    The kiss of death!

    January 10, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  244. Freddie A. Ray

    I don't do polls. I don't do surverys.
    If someone gets in my face about politics, I walk away.
    If a pollister does capture me somehow, I lie or tell um that I havent made up my mind yet. You see I beleive that my vote is my business. I look at the resume not the promises. If I want to hire someone and I have in the past, I look at what they have done and what they can bring to the position. Not promises of change. Besides I have always heard that to give the illusion of progress, makes changes.
    If more folks felt this way, we could have a lot of fun with those pollisters.
    Hummmm, may be thats what happened in NH.
    Thank You

    January 10, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  245. Mara

    Kerry's endorsement of Barack will be impactful, NEGATIVELY. We dem's are still bitter over his feeble loss in 2004. Align with winners Barack.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  246. Martin F.

    While I wish that all of Obama's voters could be truly independent and progressive above the fray of conflict between the old left and right, in order for Obama to win he will, and should, accept endorsements from liberals of the older regime. Hopefully, such endorsements from John Kerry and other democrats will help ease the skepticism older democrats. After all, any little bit helps.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  247. Craig

    Hi Jack, I think Obama should be very grateful for Kerry's endorsement, it should give his campaign a teriffic boost. Of course he could always wait until a day before the primary and shed some tears on national television to capture sympathy voters!

    January 10, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  248. LCB

    I didn't like Kerry back then I don't like him now. His opinion, and by the way Oprah's opinion is overrated. I am thrilled that NH voters voted the issues those that do stand for something not just talk of "change", hint...hint... it's the issues stupid.
    As for the other endorsements, well lets just say that they have never worked and they never will. The voting booth is still secret...

    January 10, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  249. Mike

    Jack, thank you for the Cafferty File. I don't always agree with what I hear there, but I always have a great time listening.

    Do you hear that great sucking sound? It's the sound of the Clinton and Edwards campaigns breathing a deep sigh of relief that Senator John Kerry DIDN'T endorse them.

    I'm a Democrat, but I happen to think John Kerry was a terrible candidate. The 2004 election was the Democratic candidate's to lose - and guess what? Kerry found a way to lose it! His endorsement today makes it a lot less likely that this Democrat will ever vote for Barack Obama for President.

    Mike
    Whitehouse, Ohio

    January 10, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  250. Brian

    Kerry's steller performance as a presidential candidate, especially the faux pas with the off-mic but on-mic shenanigans, makes his endorsement of Obama about as important as Mickey Mouse renegotiating his contract with Disney.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  251. Princeton

    John Kerry's endorsement of Barack Obama's presidential Campaign is huge because; it will help more American realized that, Barack Obama doesn't just symbolizes a movement, he represents an idea that is much more powerful than experience.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  252. Andreas Olsson

    Not a particularly good endorsement to ask for and receive so publically right after Barack's New Hampshire defeat. Kerry is antithetical to that vapid and amorphous slogan the Obama team still keeps slurring with less and less steam: Change, change, change…

    January 10, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  253. Adi Malik

    It will make a huge difference for Democrats who supported Kerry or others who are somewhat unsure of their decision about electing Obama. They will probably be persuaded that Obama has good potential for president. Others, primarily Republicans and some Independents with less respect for Kerry's opinion, will probably take his endorsement with a grain of salt. It will, nonetheless, have an influence on some people's political decisions in the upcoming year.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  254. Natasha

    Yes, I think that the Kerry endorsement is a big statement for Obama, many Democratics loved Kerry when he ran the last time,and many many more love Obama. Jack, this country is itching for a change from the stale old politics, Obama is that breath of fresh air!

    Natasha from Orlando, FL

    January 10, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  255. Andrew Sand Springs, Ok

    Three things you need to be president: money, speaking ability, and a good track record, none of which Kerry has. If Kerry really supported a Obama than he would have nominated him for his VP, but no that was Edwards. So, why didn't Kerry support Edwards? Because he is a hapless flip-flopper. Wait until next week, he be supporting someone else. No, Kerry's endorsement does not help Obama, or anyone for that matter.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  256. Jimmy NY

    I think Obama should get those mailing list from Sen. Kerry and then check him into a nursing home.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  257. Roger in Wisconsin

    Jack
    I think it is great Kerry endorsement to Obama. Kerry couldn't get to be president because the people didn't want him. Now he thinks he can help Obama. I think he will hurt him a lot.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  258. Jim Richardson

    Jack, What are Al Sharpton's credentials.What kind of education does he have?Where does he work? What gives him the authority or right to use the public airways for his contemptuous remarks. He has jumped on Kelly Tighman's(The Golf Channel) case about remarks made with Nick Faldo. If anybody rants and raves on race issues more than Mr. Sharpton he would be outraged. Instead of trying to bring this country together as Mr. Obama is trying to do all he does is stir up dissent. Please explain if you can why anybody gives Mr. Sharpton the time of day. Thank you. Jim Richardson (PS,CNN is on in our household all day, keep giving them hell)

    January 10, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  259. Anthony zaizay

    Jack,
    I think Senator Kerry endorsement is huge to Obama. It is a proof of diversity of change Senator Obama represent.

    Anthony Aaron Zaizay

    January 10, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  260. Jay, Massachusetts

    No.

    I'm a Democrat and as angry about the breakdown of government as any American but I haven't had a lobotomy.

    Kerry's endorsement of Obama begs the question of Obama's preparedness for the Presidency. Well it SHOULD – how it still hasn't is troubling.

    Why is Edwards, the candidate who four years ago was a ready running-mate, a candidate ready to be a heartbeat away from the Presidency now unfit for edorsement? How is the candidate, Obama, who three years ago was only considered fit enough to give a speech now considered more fit for the Presidency? Why wasn't Obama fit enough three years ago? Why wasn't Obama on Kerry's ticket three years ago?

    Obama is the Jimmy Carter Presidency waiting to re-inflict the nation. Jimmy Carter has been an true inspiration and a role model of post-Presidential citizenship but his Presidency was a disaster for the country AND for the Democratic party. Obama is even less prepared than Carter was, Kerry's reminder of who he isn't endorsing should cast the light of comparison on this finally.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  261. Chuck Clark

    Jack,

    I believe the average voter is smart enough to make up his own mind. If John Kerry was as smart as he thinks he is he would be president. If Obama was hoping for a recommendation from a man with a wealh of experiance he picked a man with as little experiance as himself.

    I hope that we can elect a candidate that knows their limit and is not completely overshadowed by the knowledge of their foreign counterparts.

    Bush has proven that this doesn't work.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  262. Abe

    What does it matter Jack, there is not a good democrat up on the stage. Who is John Kerry anyway? A veteran of his own war? Someone who fills out their own military awards forms has no accredibility with me anyway. Now even though my man Ron Paul is not even a front runner someone has unleshed a bunch of bull about racisim. Makes you wonder someone is getting worried about the mass support he is gaining.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  263. Stephen

    John who?

    January 10, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  264. Bruce

    I can not imagine how Kerry's endorsement could have any impact. He's just trying to climb into the right life boat to save himself.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  265. Pauline

    The more things change, the more they remain the same. You cannot be for change and embrace the past. Kerry just gave Obama the kiss of death. He was pre-Hillary. He didn't even carry South Carolina and it was his running mate's birth place!

    January 10, 2008 at 5:39 pm |
  266. Don Davidson

    I believe Oboma shot himself in the foot. He has been preaching change, change, change then reaches inside the White House do nothing circle for support. Kerry could teach Oboma to drive a Swift Boat but I believe in 2004 Kerry proved there is no demand for Swift Boat Captain.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  267. Ivan

    Did Al Gore’s endorsement help Howard Dean? NO!!

    January 10, 2008 at 5:43 pm |
  268. Mike

    I dont care what anyone says I was for Kerry in '04 and im for Obama now I couldnt think of a better man to endorse Obama. Boo the nay sayers! Boo all of you! Obama '08, Thank you!

    January 10, 2008 at 5:44 pm |
  269. Clinton Campaign Memo

    Wow, thanks John! I didn't think there was anyone involved in this election that was more divisive and more polarizing than me... but then you showed up and supported the one guy that could have united people in a non-partisan way. Thanks for ensuring that the nomination goes to me... I owe you one.

    Sincerely,
    Hillary

    January 10, 2008 at 5:44 pm |
  270. Victor

    This is huge, not only for the reasons you gave, but also the fact that he almost won the presidency. Lessons learned are always huge. So are contacts, friendships and network. Why did you think McCain came roaring back? hillary's team will try to downplay this. Sour grapes. The same people said Oprah's endorsement was not going to be relevant.
    The real deal is Kerry's wife who hailed from Africa or at least has a strong affinity thereto.
    Love your spunk Cafferty.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  271. Randy

    He lost to Bush enough said!

    January 10, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  272. Peter DePalma

    I cannot believe anyone thinks that union members are robots and will vote the way union leaders do. The leaders, for the most part are as corrupt as some of our poloticians.

    As for John Kerry or any other politician endorsing a candidate, I doubt that the American people, for the most part, will give it any consideration. We will still vote our the candidate we choose.

    As for my relatives that voted for the goons in Washington, I am seeking them out and will personally pay for their therapy.

    Keep up the good work. And also you might consider following Lou's policy of giving your book free to those comments you read on the air. You don't need all that money–do you?

    Peter

    Maine

    January 10, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  273. ward

    I think it's like the ying and the yang half good and half bad for all democrats that did not like Senator Kerry in 2004, it will send them running to hillary but everyone else I believe obama will win there heart mind and soul.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  274. Faiza, Los Angeles, CA

    It's really not that important, John Kerry just seems irrelevant that now. His endorsement for Obama was more like to the public as a smile and nod and with an "oh that's nice."

    Although I wouldn't be surprised if he flip-flops his endorsement if Obama does not win the nomination.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  275. Katherine

    I think the more endorsements Obama gets from current and past Democratic party bigwigs the better. It's not like John Kerry started a war under false pretenses or anything!

    January 10, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  276. Manyango

    I think the senator’s endorsement to Barack Obama is very important for its another road to hope and change in American society. Not only that is it important to Obama, but Its an opportunity to seek intervention to bring the American people together. I believe that this endorsement will however, open doors to unity in this nation.

    Manyango

    January 10, 2008 at 5:48 pm |
  277. Lee

    Obama needs to pick up Ted Kennedy's endorsement as well as Chuck Schumer's. Talk about a blow to Hillary.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  278. Degi

    This endorsement is no question important for Obama campaign. But it has this bitter taste that might be very offputting for democrats and independents alike who put loyalty and honor beyond anything else, e.g. political reasoning, current circumstances or future aspirations.

    Degi
    Denver

    January 10, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  279. Gary Wood

    Kerry Endorsement a Blow to Obama

    So much for being the agent of change. Obama has just been embraced by, and returned willingly the embrace of the old guard. With a mounting number of endorsements from unions and other Democratic political leaders the Kerry endorsement insures voters Obama will not be the agent of change. So much for hope from the younger Democrats. With John Kerry weighing the campaign down it may never fly high again.

    Gary
    Taylorsville, UT

    January 10, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  280. Doirothy

    We need a winner like Edwards to lead this country. Obama is not someone who could lead this country. It doesn't matter what Kerry says. Edwards will be for the poor and middle class. We need someone who can take us forward, NOT status quo. STOP ACTING LIKE OBAMA AND CLINTON ARE ONLY THE CANDIDATES RUNNING.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  281. Anthony Zaizay

    Senator Kerry endorsement is very important to Obama. It proof the diversity of change Senator Obama represent. Both old and young love him.

    Anthony Aaron Zaizay(Minnesota)

    January 10, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  282. Bob Dale

    What is the dig deal about the Kerry endorsement? Kerry was a loser. Remember, he lost!

    January 10, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  283. Tam Warner Minton

    Have Kerry call Edwards and advise him to get out of the race! He is draining support from Obama. While he's at it, have him call Bloomberg and tell him to STAY OUT.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  284. Abe

    Jack, I have been responding to your blog since the start of the Iowa caucus. I am in Iraq and I would really like for one of my thoughts to be read. Thanx Jack:)

    January 10, 2008 at 5:59 pm |
  285. Normita

    John Kerry's endorsement of Barack Obama is a show of disloyalty toward a former partner, John Edwards, who gave his soul during the 2004 campaign. This election is a test of integrity and loyalty.

    January 10, 2008 at 6:01 pm |
  286. Ms Charlie Marshall

    I don't think Kerry's endorsement is any favor to Obama. I will not vote for Obama if he choose Kerry as his running mate. I see Kerry"s endorsement as a cheat, sleezy grab at the coattails of a winner. I also think it is an insult to John Edwards. He is the only reason I voted Democratic in '04. If John McCain wins the Republican nomination, I will vote for him rather than an Obama Kerry ticket.

    January 10, 2008 at 6:02 pm |
  287. con

    I don't care what incumbent politician endorses any candidate. Key words for me....incumbent....politician...that does it for me...couldn't care less who they stand up for...means nothing to me!! I do love Obama's message...change...hope...YES WE CAN! I want to see HOPE in my children's eyes and voices again, both in their 20's. I want them to have great pride in their country again, I want them to believe in their government AGAIN, I want them to believe they have a bright future BECAUSE they are Americans!!
    I don't believe in fairy tales~....I don't need a reality check~...fake tired tears don't motivate me as a woman~..or as a registered Democrat! I don't need a politician...or anyone else.... giving me their comments on who is the best candidate and why. I will decide that...when I VOTE for the future of MY country!

    January 10, 2008 at 6:02 pm |
  288. MaryB

    Come on! An old email list with 4 million names? I know retail businesses in Alaska with bigger ones, and they'll be a lot fresher. Kerry is a weight around any candidate's neck.

    January 10, 2008 at 6:05 pm |
  289. Penny

    John Kerry is known to be a thoughtful, experienced Politician, this can only help Obama. With an experienced, well-known and vetted Senator such as Kerry by his side, Obama gains my trust. Good enough for Kerry, good enough for me.

    January 10, 2008 at 6:08 pm |
  290. DAVID

    Who will Bill Richardson endorse?

    January 10, 2008 at 6:08 pm |
  291. Becky

    Kerry did not lose that election!!! If the votes had been counted properly, he would have been our president these last four years. What a good thing that would have been!
    Someone or ones messed with those voting machines.

    January 10, 2008 at 6:09 pm |
  292. Maria

    Kerry flip flops again. How important can his endorsement be if he stabs his running mate (John Edwards)? Does not impress me.

    January 10, 2008 at 6:09 pm |
  293. ken

    My Wife and I met Kerr y in 1971 at the Massachusetts tent in DC during the War Protest. I was an Army Nam Vet that had returned the previous year and was still in the Army. Throughout his political career he has done nothing that does not help him alone. As a fellow Massachusetts Democrat I went to him as my Senator for issues of Government corruption, health care Medicare, Special Education and veterans Rights. He NEVER lifted a finger! He and ted Kennedy, who also did nothing when we asked for help, made me give up on the Democratic party. My guess is that Kerry is looking to be either the VP, Secretary of State or Supreme Court Justice by supporting Obama.

    January 10, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  294. John

    I believe it doesn't hurt to have the support of the major democratic contender in the 2004 election. With this being the case the question becomes, does Kerry's endorsement guarantee a victory for Obama? As a Hillary supporter I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will not have a significant impact.

    January 10, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  295. Terry

    Okay.. Kerry came out today and endorsed Barack'O.. My question is where is Al Gore? Who does he endorse?

    January 10, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  296. Jan

    Endorsements have an instant, negative affect on me. Kerry makes that -2 for the Obama guy. If John Kerry had a t.v. show, I would quit watching his show TOO.

    January 10, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  297. Frantz

    Jack,

    It is important in so far as reminding us how he, John Kerry, blew the 2004 election and in so oding gave us 4 disastrous years of GW. Also, one must wonder what happened to the cansidate of change, who, incessantly reminds us "we need new politics in Washington, D.C., the same old folks doing the same old things woh't do this time, they won't work". I guess John Kerry is now a candidate of change, as well! It would be laughable were it not sad to see how we are being preached to by someone so inspirational, who turns out to be no different than any other politician where expediency is the norm and ambition prevails.
    Finally, I sent a comment earlier regarding Hillary Clinton going unscripted and mistakenly omitted Great Britain as one of the countries where a woman has been elected as a Prime Minister.

    January 10, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  298. Jen

    Obama beware !! George W. surrounded himself with old coots from previous admimistrations. Doesn't give me much confidence in any positive changes happening !!

    January 10, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  299. Ed Chapman

    Securing an endorsement from Senator Kerry is nothing to write home about. This is a guy (Kerry) who recently threatened to hold congressional hearings (at taxpayers expense) if a New England Patriots football game was not nationally televised!!! Hearings on a football game, do you believe it?????

    It seems to me that if you are going to hold hearings on whether football games are nationally televised, you (Kerry) are taking up time and space on Capital Hill. Maybe Senator Kerry ought to do his constituents a big favor and step down as Senator, and let someone else from Massachusetts take over the seat and get something constructive done for the people of Massachusetts and the United States!

    Senator Obama may not realize it, but getting a political endorsement from Senator Kerry is no bargain! He turned on his running mate Senator Edwards, to endorse Obama! An endorsement from a politician who turned on his old running mate to endorse another another politician could not gain my vote or trust!

    Ed Woodbridge,Va.

    January 10, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  300. Bette G. James

    The very thought that Kerry would turn over his vast data base to another person absolutely appals me. It speaks poorly of Kerry for giving and for Obama for receiving such information given to a campaign as priviliged. It appears to me that we should not put out trust in such people.
    Although I intend to vote for the Democratic nominee I will not be supporting this campaighn either monetarily ot verbally!!! And the reason- this lack of respect for the privacy of the common man in America, without whose efforts business would be non-existant

    January 10, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  301. Regina

    Jack, Today Senator Kerry's list is less one supporter, what a horible way to realize that Kerry is no better than a real back stabber. Senator Edwards this New Yorker is still with you

    January 10, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  302. Jim Jensen

    John Kerry is an ultra liberal political hack who's time is long past. It is only logical to Kerry to support Obama as the next up and coming ultra liberal. The thing is, Obama keep crying for change and hope but does not give us any substance of what kind of change he is talking about or how he intends to make change. My version of change and hope is that I hope Obama tells us what kind of change he is thinking about and how he intends to bring it about and finance it. Also, what kind of chance it would have of being accepting by Congress would be nice to know too. I'm just too suspicious of unsubstantiated change and this is why experience, that Obama doesn't have, plays just as important a role as change. John Kerry used to go flying off into lala land with some of his concepts too and we really can't afford to deal with that kind of thing in today's real world.

    January 10, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  303. Karl

    I don't believe Kerry's endorsement isn't that huge. Kerry couldn't even beat Bush in that last election. This country need a REAL change, and that change should come from Ron Paul!!!

    January 10, 2008 at 6:26 pm |
  304. Matthew Johnson

    John Kerry's endorsement seems to be stiff almost forced and i don't see it having any impact on Obama's campaign. I think an endorsement from someone like Al Gore would create more buzz.

    January 10, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  305. kassandra New York

    Barack Obama will definitely make a difference in this country. Experience doesn't matter, it is what they can do to change this country around, get us out of the gutter that Bush (idiot) has buried us in. Hilary has been saying these words " While we try to find solutions to Iraq, to mortgages ...which was said this evening on CNN" She clearly has no clear plans at all. I am a woman and I approve this message

    January 10, 2008 at 6:37 pm |
  306. Scott

    This demonstrates that a vote for Obamba is a vote for back to the future. I will not vote for him as a democrat.

    You miss that he is the ultimate insider. The endorsements are just the beginning showing just that .

    I now watch considerably less of you because of the debacle of the NH primary.

    Good bye 🙂

    January 10, 2008 at 6:37 pm |
  307. Harald Frederiksen

    Rational analysis and sound judgment, unburdened from special interests, are essential attributes in our next president. A matching experience can help. Bush and his administration have longer experiences than Hillary – hardly an asset. And unfortunately, Hillary eagerly supported his war and voted for his recent license to attack Iran. Hillary’s experience what we must exclude from the next administration together with her lobbyists. Hopefully, Kerry can help Obama clearly state these criteria to the pubic.

    January 10, 2008 at 6:39 pm |
  308. Sheila Parish

    Just tuned in to watch CNN after a long absence. Gloria Borge is great and
    the other commentator was fine but Jack Macfrey is too nasty. He has no
    charm or wit -just mean. After this email I will take Tums and turn to another
    channel. He needs to go and when he does, let me know.

    SGP

    January 10, 2008 at 6:42 pm |
  309. Tyler

    Will Kerry's endorsement bring Obama votes? The simple answer is no, but the fact that it opens up a database of over 3 million voters is extremely important. With Clinton pulling off the surprise victory in New Hampshire, it appears that these primary campaigns may stretch well beyond Super Tuesday, and the ability to add 3 million new voters to Obama's database of possible donors could make a difference in the health of his campaign as we get deeper into the campaign and funds begin to dwindle. Other than that, it is clear that very few Americans want to hear anything from these "Washington insiders," and that includes who they support in this election.

    January 10, 2008 at 6:46 pm |
  310. Jackie

    I supported Kerry in 2004 and continued to get e-mails from Kerry. I got the e-mail this morning telling of his support for Obama. I then unscribed as quick as I could from getting anymore. He could have waited for Edwards to quit his campaign.

    January 10, 2008 at 6:49 pm |
  311. Harold Beverly

    John Kerry should have waited at least until Edward's home state of South Carolina primary was over before he dropped the rather rude announcement that he was endorsing Obama. It's a public slap in the face of the guy who helped him get as many votes as he did in the 2004 election. Kerry has a lot of ego to think the public would've given him as many votes as they did without John Edwards on board as his Vice-President. It could very well have the reverse effect though, and cause a lot of people who don't think much of John Kerry to throw their support to Edwards, simply out of sympathy for the way Kerry publicly backhanded Edwards the way he did.

    January 10, 2008 at 6:52 pm |
  312. Francesca Black

    Jack,
    I've always liked you and found you quite humorous, but I'm becoming increasingly annoyed with the favoritism you are showing Obama. He lacks experience and is untested. He had a good speech 8 years ago at the DNC, that does not make a president.
    There are Republican candidates that could be uniters, namely John McCain. Stop being so easy on Obama, he needs to be vetted and scrutinized at the same level of McCain, Clinton, and others. This is political race, it is NOT a feel good story. The media's job is to get to the root of issues not to give one candidate a pass because its a good story.
    Do your job, so I can laugh again.

    January 10, 2008 at 6:52 pm |
  313. Salem

    I think every little bit helps. To me, it says a lot that Kerry picked Obama over Edwards. All the Kerry supporters will maybe lean towards Obama. He may help him with his list of donors and supporters.

    Btw, Jack, I agree with the comments you made today about why Karl Rove is trying to pick off Obama. I'm so glad you make comments like that for others that might no be aware. Karl Rove has enabled our country to get to this horribel point. He's done enough. Retire, Karl!

    January 10, 2008 at 6:53 pm |
  314. Manyango

    John Kerry's endorsement to Senator Barack Obama is another begining to Obama and to American people to find unity and harmony to which this great nation carries its roots deeply. Not only that is this endorsement important to Senator Obama, but its a way to bring America together.
    Manyango

    January 10, 2008 at 6:53 pm |
  315. David

    John Kerry is a loser so his "endorsement" speaks for itself.

    January 10, 2008 at 6:56 pm |
  316. wavey

    I'm the sister of a deceased Vietnam veteren and I'm very pleased. I think that it is an important endorsement because Kerry is a naval officer and a Vietnam veteran. He's not a draft dodger like Bush/Cheney. For choosing to serve, he demonstrated that he was a man of character who put his country first. Today he demonstrated that he has the integrity to act early in the campaign and to publicly extend his support to Obama. The Clintons can never serve as role models for the young people of our nation. They do not deserve to be returned to the White House. Hillary asks, Where's the beef? I ask, "Hillary, where is the integrity?"

    January 10, 2008 at 6:57 pm |
  317. Chubes

    Looks like Kerry's vying for a VP nomination. Obama can have him.

    Hillary and Biden '08. Now that's an unbeatable ticket.

    January 10, 2008 at 7:02 pm |
  318. Maria

    Kerry flip flops again. Now he is showing preference to Obama instead of Edwards. Not impressed.

    January 10, 2008 at 7:04 pm |
  319. carla

    Im really getting tired of all this,Obama this,Obama that crap,all the press seems upset that Clinton won out. As for this new story about Kerry backing him, it sickens me to think I actually voted for tha S>O>B>.

    January 10, 2008 at 7:12 pm |
  320. chris from Dayton OH

    wouldn't it have been more prudent to NOT do a public endorsement of any of the Democratic candidates?
    To some it may not matter, but to me as a VOTING US veteran, loyalty is important, especially in somebody that we are trusting the future of our country with.
    You don't stab a prtner in the back!
    If Obama is looking to change,..is it possible ,if you owe political alliance to those that are causing the mess we have.
    John Kerry helped me decide NO to Obama

    January 10, 2008 at 7:21 pm |
  321. Mrs. Anderson

    Two words – swift boat, why feed the Republicans!

    January 10, 2008 at 7:22 pm |
  322. Mrs. Anderson

    Two words- Swift boat... why feed the Republicans?

    January 10, 2008 at 7:24 pm |
  323. carla

    Im really getting tired of all this,Obama this,Obama that crap,all the press seems upset that Clinton won out. As for this new story about Kerry backing him, it sickens me to think I actually voted for that S.O.B..

    January 10, 2008 at 7:29 pm |
  324. Julia, Dallas

    Hello Jack!

    I am trying to stay clear of CNN lately but it is you, Lou and Anderson that make me come back.

    I have read all the postings here, great crowd, inteligent, WISE, smart, witty, informed (well, with a few exceptions...) What a pitty that most of them (like myself) do not have a decent choice this year... Not that we had one last time around... which brings me to Kerry's endorsement.

    I, like many others believe I can make my own decision about such an important election... and Kerry, the Nevada cooks (HA!) or Oprah (hm, national media too) can influence those of weak or no convictions or capabilities to form their own opinion by themselves.

    The only thing Kerry's endorsement did for me, especially after reading these postings, is to bring back the anger, dissapointment and down-right dismay at HOW he managed to lose in 2004!

    Unbelievable how Democrats can lose again this year even if this election's win was supposed to be a guaranteed one. Only the Democrats can still find a way to mess up again!

    Independent candidate anyone? Otherwise, get ready for President John McCain, which I would have gladly voted in 2000.... but now, just like Colin Powell he has lost my respect and trust... Backbone, people, comes before political gains!!

    Julia in Dallas, Texas

    P.S.
    One empty suit endorsing another! Next he'll get the endorsement of tKenya's president; after all he IS half kenyan.

    January 10, 2008 at 7:35 pm |
  325. TJ

    Dr. Ron Paul is the ONLY person running for President (including Obama) of both parties who is fighting against judicial racism. I date you to ask all the candidates about it! Minorities are being jailed for non-violent drug crimes at a rate so much more than whites and Dr. Ron Paul is the only one taking this issue head on and just like Chris Rock speaking the truth. Just watch the interview of him by Wolf Blitzer they did today on CNN, even youtube it if you must. If you believe Ron Paul is racist, then I AM MICKEY MOUSE!

    January 10, 2008 at 7:38 pm |
  326. Mark

    I understand that Obama has been endorsed by Mike Dukakis as well. Now all he needs is to get Mondale and McGovern on board and he has a complete set of Presidential losers, which is appropriate, because this guy is unelectable. He will poll high, then lose catastrophically. NH is the perfect microcosm for this, and the republican smear machine hasn't even touched him – yet.

    And this must be why the media (esp CNN and MSNBC) are doing everything that they can to nominate Obama; the day after our convention they will turn on him viciously and he will lose very much as Mondale and McGovern did, which would suit the corporate owners of the media quite nicely.

    January 10, 2008 at 7:54 pm |
  327. Carol

    John Edwards did get a slap and he does not deserve it.
    I liked some of the things he said about the special interest groups.
    I want a laundry list of what each canditate stands for. How do we get it?

    January 10, 2008 at 8:10 pm |
  328. Sammye

    Gosh Jack, I sure am glad he endorsed Obama instead of my man, John Edwards. Like so many others, I think it's probably the kiss of death to Mr. Obama. . . at least I can hope so. Maybe he'll change his mind again and endorse Hillary.

    January 10, 2008 at 8:15 pm |
  329. angie

    It is a good endorsement. But the other days comment from Powell on how he was proud of Obama and his accomplishments, gave me reason to think more of Obama. True Powell is not endorsing him or anyone. But still Powell even stated that knows Obama to be honest and do the things he says he will. Obama is a gentleman and he does have Character. And Character is something that is missing from the current Republican Administration for the last 8 years.

    January 10, 2008 at 8:25 pm |
  330. Mike Ventrella

    Hey Jack,
    I'm an Illinois resident that knows Obama is lying. He has never accomplished anything for Illinois.
    I'm wondering why is it that no one is talking about Obama's time in the Medrassa?
    He went to the most radical medrassa, that has produced the most vile members of El Quida.
    Obama is a danger to America- and needs to be voted out.

    January 10, 2008 at 8:53 pm |
  331. Zack

    Getting an endorsement from John Kerry... I for sure would not want that. John Kerry had the country behind him and as the months of his election for president sadly went further, it became apparent to me that he was there only to lose. I am a citizen of Massachusetts... and he is currently still the senator... but maybe and hopefully not for long... I think what would have been a better news story is Kerry gets taized by police... or should I have said angry Americans.

    January 10, 2008 at 9:03 pm |
  332. Clifford MacPherson

    The change Americans are looking for is, I suspect, a time of peace, a strong economy, full employment, federal surpluses and significant paying down of the national debt. That is exactly the situation that prevailed when the Clintons were in the white house.

    With the economy turning down and recession already underway it’s a significant fact the voters should keep in mind .

    When the Clintons occupied the white house “the state of the union was strong!”

    January 10, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  333. Annie Giles

    Seems as though someone should look closely into Obama's past which includes his parents and stepparents. There are rumors circulating on the internet that suggests he might have ties to the terrorists. What better way to attack the US from the inside than as President?

    January 10, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  334. BM

    Now maybe Edwards will side with Hillary in the debates. Shame on you Edwards. Kerry is a loser and we do not need Oprah, she needs to stay doing what she know best and stay away from politics.

    January 10, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  335. CHARLOTTE

    I voted for Kerry, He should have won, maybe he would have if he had good judgement and picked a better vice president. The republicains let him shoot himself in the foot. Getting more information to change your position is not flip-floping, it means your not locked in or closed minded. We all make decisions based on available information at the time, I hate the term flip-flop. I prefer to call it, willing to listen and re-evaluate.

    January 10, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  336. Nancy

    Who cares about what has-been poliicians and celebrities think? Not me and not most of the American people. Decisions should be based on positions on significant issues, not a popularity contest.

    January 10, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  337. THELMA

    hey girls it's time for us to show these men that are giving CLINTON a hard time. just how powerful we are . they complain no matter what she says, what she wears, how she stands up for different issues. if we stick together and help HILLARY. we can show the boys that it's not that hard to run a country .when you have a WOMAN in control. i'm going to vote for CLINTON and want you girls to know that. so get on the ball and BLOGGING for HILLARY. I'll be looking for you tomorrow. OK?......................THELMA ........KY.

    January 10, 2008 at 11:54 pm |
  338. Len Albuq New Mexico

    Jack, Everyone knows now that the Kerry Edwards ticket would have been infinitely better than 4 more years of Bush and Cheney. Kerry is just endorsing the candidate who has the best shot at winning the nomination for the Democratic Party. I don't see how this will hurt O'Bama, in fact I believe he will get a little bump out of it. Both of them know that they could not win as a O'Bama-Kerry ticket.

    January 11, 2008 at 1:01 am |
  339. Gary in LA

    All these blog imposters are simply hurt that their candidate Hillary or whomever they'd prefer their right wing candidate run against didn't receive the vote. If Hillary would've received the endorsement, all the pundits would've said how great it is for her campaign, how much of a boost she would get, blah, blah, blah. Kerry didn't get into a running shot of the presidency without listening to voters and building strong supporters. Just as I'm tired of Republicans, so called Independents, and self-claimed undecided voters blogging on why the issue of the day means doom for their most qualified opponent, the American people are tired of political machines thinking they can pull the wool over the eyes and use organized confusion, opinion drowning, and the same old herd like tactics to steal elections. Kerry was right, all Hillary is concerned about is power and herself. If the world was in perfect equilibrium state right now, Obama would be a law professor and consulting for the private sector making millions. There would be no need for change. But, even in a state of ecological peace Hillary would still want the title for her resume. I'd rather she just do what most power seeking Americans do, run for president of her HOA. America has no use for her anymore. We are officially beyond triangulating, mud slinging, appealing to emotions via crying. AMERICA will elect a president this year, AMERICA will elect OBAMA in '08.

    January 11, 2008 at 1:15 am |
  340. Dave

    Jack,

    While I appreciate your very unique sense of humor and candor, I now refuse to listen to that arrogant, smug, egotistical Wolf Blitzer in order to listen to you. From this day forward I am switching to Fox News. While I disagree with their politics, at least I won't be insulted by having to listen to that self-righteos SOB

    January 11, 2008 at 6:30 am |
  341. Bill

    How does a sitting member of THIS congress, endorsed by other sitting members of THIS congress translate into CHANGE?

    January 11, 2008 at 7:05 am |
  342. TOM

    When did help from a looser become important? Kerry had more than his rightful time in the headlines. He should retirer and let the rest of us enjoy life.

    January 11, 2008 at 8:28 am |
  343. John Hampton

    The "biggest fairy tale" that Bill Clinton ever heard was " I was against the Iraq war from the beginning" and "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Monica Lewinsky".

    January 11, 2008 at 8:40 am |
  344. BigDaddyJ

    This endorsement actually hurts Obama. America identifies mostly with winners.

    January 11, 2008 at 9:04 am |
  345. George Jordan, PEI, Canada

    No, Kerry 's endorsement probably hurts Obama. Kerry has no credibility to voters in the primaries, he is an embarrasment to the Democratic Party.

    January 11, 2008 at 9:11 am |
  346. Gatsby Jimmy

    Kerry endorsement is very helpful because it's not about Kerry's personality but about Americans people. His endorsement proves that Obama is the politician we should trust. Some comments say it's useless. Sorry body! He is senator; he has more than 3 millions voters last time. He didn't win because of his personality. Any Endorsement coming from any American proves that Obama is the right person to trust. AND HE IS the guy against establishment and personal interests. Since decade, we had Bush father Bush son, Clinton husband and now Hillary? What next Hillary’s daughter in 2012? Come on wakeup fellow Americans! We have to vote for the right new change for better life; we have to vote for peaceful world. We have to vote Obama. If we want continuation of terrorism, distortion between riches and poor people, hopeless, establishment and personal interests, we have to vote Hillary...
    Wakeup Americans and let's restore the American kindness, supremacy and nice life by voting Obama! Forget about his colour and trust his goodwill for all united Americans.

    Jimmy VALENTE
    PhD Microsoft
    It masters,
    MBA, MSA Finances
    CEO of Canadian RF Telecom and IT Expertise

    January 11, 2008 at 9:22 am |
  347. Helen

    i e mailed Kerry to take my name off that list

    January 11, 2008 at 10:00 am |
  348. Leona

    Hi Jack,

    I actually think this is a good endorsement. One, This was the better choice for president the last time we voted. We made the worst choice in choosing Bush over him. And we know it unless we just too stupid, and close minded to realize it. Maybe that was the problem. Kerry has alot of experience, so you got someone coming in with experience to endorse. I believe in the near future , he will get even better endorsements and is in the process of getting them. I am very thankful to see that a man can be chosen for his character and not his color.

    I also found the back door / hidden racism that Ex Pres. Clinton pulled was very unprofessional. I lost my respect for him. I get if Hilitary get in she will cry all the way to the White House. And when dealing with Southwest Asis...........she will send her husband, because she can not stand up and be account for, or account on.

    January 11, 2008 at 10:03 am |
  349. Leona

    I get I need to have spell check......lol. I mean Asia. I think no matter , what the same people who think his endorsement do not count is the same people that voted for Bush. America has alot of racism. Some will fight to see a Black man not make it in the White House. That is what happen in NH. I hope that the new generation will allow a person to be President because he really can, not the color of his skin. I love his message. I will vote for him. My friends, I do have a lot is also voting for him. So no matter what what one does to try to stop him, they can not. He will be President.

    Thank you God for someone who will finally listen to the people, thats if they do not try to kill him first!

    January 11, 2008 at 10:10 am |
  350. Bennie L Fagan

    I do believe if I were looking for an endorsement I would seek one from a winner not a bitter loser who shuns his own running mate.

    January 11, 2008 at 10:12 am |
  351. joanne

    I believe Barack knows what he is doing, &Kerry will hep. It is up to us to vote him in. I don't listen to everything the news media says, but go by my own reasearch and GUT feeling. It was really amazing, that Hilarry could chock up and get a little beat up at the debates, and people felt for her. She says she is tough,all the candidates are running on empty, I imagine it is very hard to campaigen, but I want to know if she tires out with this what does she do when real crisis comes.These issues we face today are not easy,& no easy solution.My next question is who will run the White House if...... she is elected her or Bill ! Will this be his 3rd term. Bill really had a temper tantrum before the vote in N.H. It seems that if the Clintons don't get there way watch out My gut makes me very leary of them. We need freshness in this country,higher morals and a new path. Get those crooks out of Washington. because most of them are phoney's to me./ Yes I will vote for Barck. I hope people take a good look at both the canidates,& trust some of your gut feeling. I don't care how much experence Hillary has I just don"t trust the Clintons, Jack you are great to watch, keep up all your good work.

    January 11, 2008 at 11:44 am |
  352. zaney

    John "wooden man" Kerry lost the last election because he couldn't comprehend what the American people want and need. Obviously, he still doesn't. How much meaning is there in his endorsement ? Little to anyone except Kerry, who craves the spotlight, and wants to still play in the game from the sidelines. A loser.

    January 11, 2008 at 12:52 pm |
  353. betty

    Roseanne Barr needs to know it is not just not voting for a woman.

    Its this woman..Hillary Clinton

    I know Foxnews would like the Republicans
    to go up against Hillary because they know that they will win..But just because Hillary was First Lady and Senator of New York that doesn't give her the right to think she is owed the President seat.

    January 11, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  354. Raghbir Devgan

    Jack

    To my surprise today I received a email from Obama Compaign asking for support which I have not decided for him. I wonder may be John Kerry sold that data he collected as a Democratic candidate against G Bush to Barack Obama. I don't see it fair. To me all democratic candidates in race are equal this point.. I may have liked John Kerry against George Bush but not against Hillary Clinton or Edward.

    Raghbir

    January 11, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  355. Olga in California

    Jack:
    In going back to New Hampshire, sorry to tell you that I am very disappointed in Hillary Clinton. Well, I was initially going to vote for her, since I am a devoted democrat, but after Barack came in, i liked his beliefs and ideas better. I really do trust him, but here is the thing with Hillary. She "whimped" her way to the "win" and that to me, shows a sign of weakness, simply because she needs to show composure. It would have to be something so strong, to make a senator breakdown like that. Imagine, if she were elected to be the President.
    We "don't" need a "body change". We need a Government change. What do we care if the President wears pants or panties, as long as they take care of our problems. Hillary has already been there once with her husband, and I am tired of seeing the same old thing on the menu.
    Don't get me wrong, I will still vote for her if she wins, but only because she is a democrat and I would have no other choice.
    I truly believe that Barack, the "ROCK" should be our next President as he inspires new hope and trust for the American people.
    Olga from California

    January 11, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  356. Sam Elakkad

    I would like to hear more about his past with drugs. How can our leaders fund the war on drugs and put people in jail for possession while our leaders get away scott free. What kind of hippocrasy do we live in where so many of our leaders, bush, bloomberg, obama and many more have done drugs, while others who have done the same thing never get the chance to become president.

    January 11, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  357. ramona Rush

    john kerry's endorsement of obama is a sure clue that obama won't win the nomination.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  358. David Ferdinand

    Why is this question even being asked? Endorsements from a crediable valid entity is always good!!
    Especially if the have a data base of potential votes.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:27 pm |
  359. TC

    Yes John Kerry is a Skull and Bonesman
    and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations? I feel so much better......(not)...

    January 11, 2008 at 6:33 pm |
  360. Paulo

    Kerry is skull and bones member like George W Bush. I wouldn't want that endorsement.... but Barack Obamas literally in bed with the traitorous Council on Foreign Relations. so I guess it doesn't get much worse than that... Unless Rockefeller himself comes out and endorses him.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:41 pm |
  361. Betty

    That looks like a Clinton setup to me to foil Obamas chances..after Kerry did the Military bash, the voters on that end of the scale is defintely not going to vote for him now...Obama should have seen that coming! I passed on the democrats years ago because of the yay and nay to promise america the world but don't follow thru on any of it, and you know they still the same only more dangerous!

    January 11, 2008 at 7:57 pm |
  362. deemarie

    Kerry coming out and supporting ANYONE SO SOON in the race was WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!

    I believe he did it to get back at Edwards for perceived slights.

    I never cared for kerry. He came from lots and lots of money.

    John Edwards is the most practical and logical thinking canidate.

    Obama is a pie-in-the-sky kind a guy.

    January 11, 2008 at 8:18 pm |
  363. edith

    Endorsements, endorsememnts. who cares? I am still going to vote according to my opinion of the candidate. What's wrong with people? Are they afraid to trust themselves? Maybe they are just lazy and don't want to spend the time doing their own homework. One of things you have to remember, many of these endorsements are looking for a cabinet post after the election. I wonder what the wife of Jesse Jackson's is looking for. ?

    January 11, 2008 at 9:13 pm |
  364. Alberta Treadway

    Guys just because some one lost a bid to the presendency, doesn't make him loser. Al Gore has gone on, and put them down if you must . What Kerry brings is a election base of thousands of voters and money to the Obama campagyn and if you like him or not doesn't matter. Do you just think maybe he did it to make the man look bad, and give Hillary more shove? This only makes me look at the man closer. Sense when do we elect someone who sheds tears, to win votes? WASHINGTON running scared of Obama. After all no one has talked about makeing them stop robbing us blind. Look at your facts, don'lt take Hillarys word for anything. I"m a woman her age, and white as they come, and I say It will be the same old sameold, if she becomes president. That include Bill immorallizing our peoples white house again, and Hillary saying "now bill don't do that again, or i might have to cry to stop you".

    January 12, 2008 at 12:52 pm |
  365. Tia Rodman

    John Kerry's endorsement is the same as no endorsement at all. Seeing her (crybaby Hillary) become emotional at a roundtable meeting with a bunch of women who felt sorry for her, how will she react during a major US crisis? By the time she opens a box off Kleenex and wipes away her tears, our country will have attacked. Oh no! Wait! Bill will save her. I wonder: WHO is really running for president. . .Bill or Hillary. If Hillary becomes president (what a thought) will Bill be VP. Here's to the HillBilly's in the White House again. And if something happens to Hillary, does that mean Bill will become president? Can he become VP if he were already president? I'll start packing my bags as soon as that is announced.

    January 12, 2008 at 1:04 pm |
  366. J.C.

    I could not resist saying this to America: I know that we Americans have very short memories, but please don't forget the DOUBLE trouble that we have in the white house that is making a mess of everything. I am talking about the other left over George Bush and Hillary. Now that you have seen what happens when you REPEAT and REPLACE a president for the sake of former name, don't make the same DOUBLE TROUBLE mistake with Hillary Clinton. These left overs like Bush and Clinton have only ONE interest and that is to satisfying their big ego. Let's keep the pass behind us where they belong, and look to the future. Obama is my choice because he is not on an ego trip!

    Former republican J.C.

    January 12, 2008 at 1:26 pm |
  367. Robert

    Caf–review the winning speech by Obama in the first caucus–when he said "we have won or we have finally won' he quickly said We have won–whaty did he mean–He had won the first caucus but nothing else–It seems a little off color or am I mistaken??–It could have ment his group there (supporters) or his ethnic group–clear this up please

    Robert Ft Worth, Tx

    January 13, 2008 at 12:16 pm |
  368. Ralph

    Bill Clinton has been a great speaker, but after some of his comments against Obama, many are questioning his verbal "endorsement" of Hillary. For someone that preaches change, Obama's acceptance of Kerry's endorsement shows that words are words but deep down he looks for praise from whereever and whoever, regardless of sex, gender, and age. If Albright and Carter helped each other to the podium to speak for Obama, he would be doing cartwheels.

    January 13, 2008 at 12:18 pm |
  369. Jim Billingsley

    John Kerry is a turncoat. After John Edwards worked harder than John
    Kerry to try to get them elected in 2004, you would think he would have backed
    John Edwards. John Edwards is electable and Obama is not in 2008.
    The media and Republicans are helping promote Obama for the Democrat
    nominee because the Republicans know they can beat Obama in the election.
    The Democrats live in another world and do not realize the American people
    will only elect a leader in 2008 instead of just a name like Obama with very
    little experience. We have had the last eight years of just a name with very
    little experience and we do not need it again. Obama will be and also ran
    in 2008 just like John Kerry was in 2004.

    January 13, 2008 at 8:29 pm |
  370. CB

    Give me a break!!! Kerry will probably hurt obama!!!! Kerry never could shut up!

    January 14, 2008 at 3:20 pm |