State's Democratic Leaders Endorse Kerry

Source: Office of Congressman Benjamin L. Cardin

Cardin cites Kerry's "integrity, vision and ability."
WASHINGTON, FEB. 24 - U.S. Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin today joined with other members of Maryland's Democratic leadership in endorsing Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry in his race to become the Democratic presidential nominee.

Maryland will hold its primary on Tuesday, March 2, also known as Super Tuesday, when California, Connecticut, Georgia, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island and Vermont will also hold primaries.

"I am endorsing Sen. John Kerry today to be President of the United States because he is the best-qualified candidate for the job," said Cardin in a prepared statement to the press.

In providing reasons for the endorsement, he cited Sen. Kerry's experience as co-founder of Vietnam Veterans of America, Middlesex County prosecutor, Lt. Governor of Massachusetts and U.S. Senator for almost 20 years. He also pointed out that Kerry serves on the Senate's Foreign Relations, Finance and Commerce, Science and Transportation Committees.

"Senator Kerry is articulate, poised, knowledgeable and has demonstrated his ability to inspire and lead," said Cardin. "He understands the power of the presidency and the importance of working with others to set an agenda that is right for this nation. As a war hero during the Vietnam War, he understands the use of military power. As a member of the Finance Committee, he understands the economy and the need to create more jobs for Americas. As a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, he understands our role in the world and the importance of leadership in building coalitions and alliances.

"John Kerry is a man of integrity, vision and ability. He cares about education, the environment, creating new jobs, and advancing our nation's foreign policy interests around the world. For all these reasons, I am supporting him as the Democratic nominee in the 2004 Election."

Other Maryland politicians who endorsed Kerry on the same day are: U.S. Sens. Paul Sarbanes and Barbara Mikulski; U.S. Reps. Steny Hoyer; C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger; and Christopher Van Hollen Jr.; Comptroller William Donald Schaefer; Attorney General Joseph Curran; Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch; Baltimore City Mayor Martin O'Malley; Baltimore Co. Executive James T. Smith; Howard Co. Executive James N. Robey; and Montgomery Co. Executive Douglas M. Duncan.

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This story was published on February 25, 2004.