Senator Edward Kennedy to Endorse Obama for President

Senator Edward M. Kennedy will endorse Barack Obama for president tomorrow, breaking his year-long neutrality in order to send a powerful signal of where the legendary Massachusetts Democrat sees the party going, and who he thinks is best to lead it.  Senator Kennedy is scheduled to appear with Obama and Kennedy’s niece, Caroline Kennedy, at a morning rally at American University in Washington tomorrow to officially announce his support.  Today, The New York Times gave a detailed report about Senator Kennedy’s planned endorsement of Obama for President of the United States:

“Senator Edward M. Kennedy intends to endorse the presidential candidacy of Senator Barack Obama during a rally on Monday in Washington, associates to both men confirmed, a decision that squarely pits one American political dynasty against another.

The expected endorsement, coming after Mr. Obama’s commanding victory over Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in the South Carolina Democratic primary on Saturday, may give Mr. Obama further momentum in his campaign for the nomination.

As Mr. Obama flew here on Sunday, he smiled when asked by reporters about Mr. Kennedy’s plans, saying: “I’ve had ongoing conversations with Ted since I’ve got into this race.”  He learned of Mr. Kennedy’s decision through a telephone call on Thursday, aides said, three days before the South Carolina primary.

Of all the endorsements in the Democratic Party, Mr. Kennedy’s is viewed as among the most influential.  The Massachusetts senator had vowed to stay out of the presidential nominating fight, but as the contest expanded into a state-by-state fight — and given the tone of the race in the last week — associates said he was moved to announce his support for Mr. Obama.”

You can read the full version of The New York Times report here.

Update:

The San Francisco Chronicle has just announced its endorsement of Obama for President.  You can read the full editorial statement here.  In addition, here is the video of Obama’s January 17th meeting with the Chronical Editorial Board:

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