The Democratic leader of Campaign ’04, Sen. John Kerry, might be expected to endorse his former running mate, John Edwards, this time around, but Kerry has instead thrown his hat into Barack Obama’s ring. Kerry is stumping for Obama in South Carolina, one of the next hotbeds of primary activity.

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Kerry said there were other candidates in the race whom he also had worked with and respected.

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

Kerry took a swipe at Obama critics who say the Illinois senator lacks the experience to be president.

“We are electing judgment and character, not years on this earth,” said Kerry, who added that Obama, an opponent of the Iraq war, was “right about the war in Iraq from the beginning.”

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