Senator of Illinois won a very important victory on Saturday, in South Carolina, which allowed him to stay in the running.
Then he received a major lift that might make a difference as it was also coveted by the Clintons : the support of senator Edward Kennedy. In a statement on Monday, Mr Kennedy praised Barack Obama as a “man with extraordinary gifts of leadership and character”.
It’s been said that Edward Kennedy disapproved the ton of the Clinton campaign, which probably refers to the debate before the primary in South Carolina. Monday’s New York Times reported that earlier this month, Edward Kennedy and Bill Clinton had a heated telephone exchange.
Mr Kennedy reportedly accused Mr Clinton of putting race into the campaign and said that Bill Clinton repeated misleading statements of Barack Obama. The last surviving brother of assassinated president JFK is now expected to campaign for Barack Obama to become the first US black president.
Toni Morrison, Nobel laureate African-American author also supported Barack Obama, even though he once called Bill Clinton “the first black president”.