WASHINGTON - Gary Hart, the former Colorado senator who sought the presidency twice in the 1980s, announced Tuesday that he is backing Democrat John Kerry's White House bid.
Hart toyed with running for president again this year but decided against it in May.
Hart's first presidential campaign was in 1984, the same year Kerry was elected senator from Massachusetts. Kerry and Hart served together for two years until Hart left the Senate.
Active in Democratic politics for more than three decades, Hart served as George McGovern's campaign manager in the 1972 Democratic nominee's unsuccessful bid for the presidency. Hart was elected to the Senate in 1974.
During his 15 years out of politics, Hart has been busy practicing law, writing more than a dozen books — both fiction and nonfiction — and offering his expertise on the military and national security.
He was co-chairman of the U.S. Commission on National Security, which warned several months before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that the United States faced a clear threat of foreign attack on U.S. soil that would kill thousands.