Super Tuesday Belongs to John Kerry
Kerry was upbeat but aggressive in looking forward to the race directly against President Bush (who called Kerry to congratulate him on his victory). "Tonight, the message can now be heard all across our country: Change is coming to America," Kerry said. "We will fight to give America back its future and its hope." He hit hard on what is likely to be a constant campaign theme: "The Bush administration has run the most inept, reckless, arrogant, and ideological foreign policy in the modern history of our country."
Leading in to the Tuesday votes, Edwards had insisted he would remain in the race until the end but decided late Tuesday to formally withdraw. He called Kerry an "extraordinary advocate for jobs, better health care, a safer world. ... These are the causes of our party, these are the causes of our country, and these are the causes we will prevail on come November."
Speculation immediately turned to likely vice-presidential nominees, and the Kerry campaign said they might move forward on a choice in the next few days.