Kerry stayed out of the NH fray today, the last day before the primary and opted instead to visit a waste-to-energy prototype plant in New Bedford, MA.. Kerry, who is running for re-election in the Senate, made it clear when asked why he wasn’t in NH, that he hasn’t “made a decision yet.”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhULtiwNCCs&
“Having been through it,” he said, “it’s an interesting experience to watch it. And I miss the discussion of the issues.”
Yet, he said, “I had a vision in ‘04 which I’m glad to say we still talk about: energy independence, health care, and restoring America’s reputation in the world.
“These are all things I put forward. And I hope we’re going to wind up with a candidate who can carry them out,” he said.
Kerry was joined in New Bedford by Mayor Scott W. Lang, who “once worked for the Democratic National Committee, and who was likewise unwilling to endorse anyone in the Democratic race, although he said he discussed the issue with Sen. Kerry earlier in the morning.”
Mr. Lang noted Sen. Obama’s surge in popularity, and said that at the very least, “we’ve got to make sure that the person we’re nominating is electable. And the next three weeks will determine who is electable.”
As a long time Kerry supporter, I’m not at all surprised to see him staying out of the fray in NH today, and actually I’m glad he is. It’s good to see he’s biding his time and watching what all of the candidates are about, as he says in the video above. His endorsement will carry quite a bit of weight in my opinion and I think the primary is seriously messed up at this point.
NH just may play out to be a surprise to everyone, regardless of the predictions. If that is the case, we may get to Mega Tuesday with more riding on the line. Then an endorsement from Kerry might have more impact. It’s incredibly ugly out there right now and the notion that Clinton will be out after tomorrow, which is being pushed heavily by some is ridiculous.
The bottomline those thinking a Kerry endorsement may be on the way, is hold on… because as I noted here last night, Kerry’s holding out for now and my hunch is if he does endorse anyone it will be closer to Mega Tuesday.