Sen. Kennedy Stumps for Obama in Texas

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SAN MARCOS, Texas - Sen. Ted Kennedy held no punches Thursday morning at a Barack Obama rally in San Marcos, Texas. Before a crowd of about 400 people, Kennedy slammed the Republicans, praised all the current and former Democratic presidential contenders and urged Texans to go to the polls and vote for the candidate he has endorsed - Obama.

"I want the people of Texas to go out and give him a great victory," Kennedy said.

Click the play button above to see Sen. Ted Kennedy what had to say about Barack Obama.

On March 4, crucial primaries will be held in the Longhorn state and in Ohio as well as Rhode Island and Vermont.

A total of 389 delegates are up for grabs in the two largest primaries being held on that day. As it stands now, only 100 delegates separate Sen. Hillary Clinton and Obama.

Many pundits say Clinton's campaign hinges on her winning big in Ohio and Texas.

"The young and old alike throughout Texas understand how important these next two weeks are for your families, your state… our families," Kennedy said.

In fact, former President Bill Clinton said Wednesday in Beaumont, Texas that his wife needed to win those two states to stay in the race.

"If she wins in Texas and Ohio, I think she will be the nominee," he told a group of supporters. "If you don't deliver for her, I don't think she can be. It's all on you."

Does Obama have the Experience?

After the rally ended, CBN News' David Brody caught up with Kennedy and asked him about Obama's experience. Obama has come under fire recently by detractors who are looking for measurable actions to judge him by.

"Barack Obama brings a real extraordinary experience to this job I think in two particular areas," Kennedy said. "One in the senate itself. He's been there a limited period of time but excellent ideas and suggestions which we have incorporated in our education program to bring qualified teachers in underserved areas."

Obama received a potential boost Thursday from Change to Win, the labor federation. They announced that they were endorsing the junior Senator from Illinois.

According to The Associated Press, Change to Win there are 175,000 members in Ohio, 60,000 in Texas and 25,000 in Rhode Island.

"The winds of change are blowing and they're blowing for Barack Obama," chair of the organization Anna Burger said.

Kennedy agrees.

"He able to inspire people. I think we've seen that all across the country… He's been able to get good people running and does he have a loyalty to people that know him and worked with him."

Stay with for continuing coverage of Campaign 2008.  Tuesday night, March 4 -- check back for live election results from the Democratic and Republican primaries.

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