Bradley to pick up Kerrey endorsement
Second senator to pick Gore's rival
July 2, 1999
Web posted at: 12:00 p.m. EDT (1600 GMT)
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, July 2) -- Sen. Bob Kerrey of Nebraska will formally endorse the Democratic presidential bid of former colleague Bill Bradley, well-placed sources tell CNN.
Kerrey will announce his endorsement Monday at a pancake breakfast in Omaha, Nebraska, which Bradley will attend. The two will travel together through Iowa later that day.
Bradley -- a former senator from New Jersey who served for 18 years, and a pro basketball star -- is the sole challenger to Vice President Al Gore for the 2000 Democratic presidential nomination.
In Monday's announcement, Kerrey will make it clear he is picking Bradley over Gore, a Bradley aide who spoke on condition of anonymity told The Associated Press.
Kerrey's decision is not a great surprise. He ran for the White House in 1992, dropping out after faring poorly against the eventual nominee and president, Bill Clinton. Since then, the Nebraska Democrat has been a vocal critic of the administration on several issues.
Kerrey also seriously considered making the 2000 presidential race, but announced last December he would sit it out.
Bradley also has received the backing of Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-Minnesota), another senator who flirted with the idea of running for the White House.
Gore is the current front-runner for the party's nod, according to national surveys. He also has the backing of much of the Democratic Party establishment, including the leaders in both the House and Senate.
Bradley nonetheless has fared well in the money race. So far this year he has raised $11.5 million, compared to Gore's $18 million.
Kerrey, 55, won the Medal of Honor for his service in Vietnam. He first was elected to the Senate in 1988 after serving one term as Nebraska governor. He is up for re-election in 2000.