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Edwards Responds To Kerry's Obama Endorsement

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EDWARDS STATEMENT ON SENATOR KERRY'S ENDORSEMENT OF SENATOR OBAMA

Chapel Hill, North Carolina - John Edwards released the following statement today about Senator John Kerry's endorsement of Senator Barack Obama.

"Our country and our Party are stronger because of John's service, and I respect his decision. When we were running against each other and on the same ticket, John and I agreed on many issues. I continue to believe that this election is about the future, not the past, and that the country needs a President who will fight aggressively to end the status quo and change the Washington system and to give voice to all of those whose voices are ignored in the corridors of power."

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As HuffPost pointed out earlier, in 2004, Kerry blasted Edwards over foreign policy experience. From CNN, 7/6/04:

During the primary campaign, Kerry himself took aim at Edwards' lack of foreign policy experience, noting at one point that when he returned home from serving in Vietnam in 1969, "I don't even know if John Edwards was out of diapers."

But Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, a South Dakota Democrat, defended Edwards' experience Tuesday, noting that he "has a lot more Washington experience than George Bush had four years ago."

"When you look at what John Edwards has done for working families, for people who have been fighting hard all their lives to make ends meet, I can't think of a more qualified candidate than John Edwards," Daschle said.