CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Senator John Kerry says Democrat Barack Obama "can be, will be and should be the next president of the United States."
Speaking in South Carolina, Kerry said there are other candidates he's worked with and respects, but that Obama is the most capable of uniting the country and turning it around.
He also took a swipe at critics who say Obama isn't experienced enough to lead the country, saying voters are "electing judgment and character, not years on this earth."
Kerry's endorsement comes two weeks before South Carolina's primary. It's a slap at Hillary Rodham Clinton, who's riding a wave of support since winning New Hampshire's primary, and at John Edwards, who was Kerry's running mate in the 2004 presidential election.