Kerry Endorses Obama

courtesy CNN

Says at Charleston rally he “will be and should be the next president of the United States.”


Watch clip of speech above. Read full text here.


Endorsement brings symbolic boost, superdelegate vote, fundraising email list.


Edwards, who ran on the ticket with Kerry in ’04, responds here.


But: TIME’s Tumulty finds it was the Clintons who lobbied the hardest for Kerry’s backing.


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