January 28th, 2008
01:15 PM ET
7 years ago

Kennedy endorses Obama: 'I feel change in the air'

Ted Kennedy formally endorsed Obama Monday.
Ted Kennedy formally endorsed Obama Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Edward Kennedy backed Sen. Barack Obama for president Monday, saying: "It is time again for a new generation of leadership."

"It is time now for Barack Obama," the Massachusetts senator and brother of the late President Kennedy added.

He stood with Obama, his son Rep. Patrick Kennedy and his niece, Caroline Kennedy before a screaming capacity crowd of students at American University in Washington, DC.

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  1. Dada yahh

    when Kennedy support Obama that's mean he is the right person to move to DC.

    January 28, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  2. united for truth

    Hillary lobbied for Kennedy's families endorsement, but they said enough for clinton's lies and old tactics politics. Bill clinton, you 're the great loser. Go Obama!!!

    January 28, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  3. george

    as i wacth cnn coverage of sen. kennedy, caroline, patrick endorsesment of barack obama i too feel change in the air vote for barack people yes we can thank you cnn again for your coverage again yes we can

    January 28, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  4. M Rodgers

    Sen Ted Kennedy, Ophra, Carolina and many more sound minded American support Barrack Obama and a soldiers do to! We need a president with integrity, street and book knowledge, and steady judgement.

    But the endorsements did not really convince my independent mind. I was already down with Obama 08!

    A VET IN SUPPORT OF SEN BARACK OBAMA.

    January 28, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  5. NW Bill

    A Ted Kennedy endorsement can't hurt Obama's run for president but it is only one man's opinion on whom he is supporting. Everyone who is planning to cast a vote in the election for the Democratic nominee should spend some time researching the candidates. I think is is a hard choice for Democrats this election since Obama, Hillary and Edwards are all great choices. Obama just seems a little better. I suspect that is what Ted sees as well.

    January 28, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  6. Ilene, Livonia MI

    This was the most exciting moment so far for Obama. Our most famous president, and his brother Bobby who would have been president both remind me of Obama. It will be a shame if the rest of America doesn't get behind this great man. It can only mean great things for the Kennedys to support him. Thank God!!!!!!!!! Change is within reach for this country.

    January 28, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. Jared

    Why are all you pro-Clinton supporters knocking Kennedy's endorsement.
    You know full well that Bill and Hillary would have soaked it up in a heartbeat.
    Then you would praising Kennedy for making the right choice.
    Give him credit for making the tough choice between two good candidates.

    January 28, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  8. aPuerto Rican

    We continue to hear that tone from those who can't and don't want change. It funny how so many people voted for are current administration and then spoke against it like it was somebody else who voted them in. Looking in the mirror can be so difficult. Understand Senator Obama at this time appears to stand for change and I am willing, as an independent voter to give this man a chance. The tone that come out from the other candidates, except maybe MR. Edwards, is the same old thing. Please don't be afraid of CHANGE!!

    January 28, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  9. Ryan

    Get a grip people, Obama is a great preacher, but wheres the actual definition of change!!! The country needs a fix from day one, not okay lets look at this and think! Ask people from his home state what they think, as most had never heard of him before this! His voting record sucks and the fact is he is not for change, and must we forget how unliked ted is on the republican side, oh ya these are bringing parties together! Get a grip people, and for those who compare a two term senator to MLK and JFK, you people have no idea what you are saying, so shut up and go back to watching oprah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go Hillary 08, your the only answer, and if you dont win, I have 100 friends ready to vote for some dumb republican, as we need experience, not a preacher with no idea, just words.

    January 28, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  10. WAKE UP AMERICA!!!

    FOR ALL YOU HILLARY VOTERS, ASK YOURSELVES TH IS QUESTION.

    IN THE PAST SEVEN YEARS, WHERE HAS HILLARY BEEN?

    SHE'S FOUGHT HARDER AGAINST BARACK OBAMA THAN SHE HAS AGAINST BUSH AND CHENEY.

    NOW WE'RE SUPPOSED TO BELIEVE THAT SHE'S FINALLY FIGURED IT OUT AS TO HOW TO FIGHT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE?

    IN THE WORDS OF BILL CLINTON, "GIVE ME A BREAK!"

    January 28, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  11. one.woman

    Barack Obama is just what this country needs. After the mess the Bush Administration has put our country through, and the arrogance of the good ole' Boys politics, it is time for America to become the country it was intended to be in the first place. A symbol of hope, peace, diversity, and propserity, all of which Barack Obama represents.

    Vote Barack Obama for President Folks.

    January 28, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  12. Dennis

    In response to previous comments having a woman in office would be a change, but only in that we have never had a woman which does nothing for the American people. I am elated that Obama has received an important indorsement from Ted Kennedy, it was essential. Yes is has been Washington for a while but how can you make change without having a large base of Congress and the House with you, you can't. But with all this talk about Hillary or Obama and which is better suited to lead this country in a new direction I believe the moste important change of all will happen when Obama wins in November, for the first time in a long time we will have a leader in the lead of our country, not a good politician.

    January 28, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  13. Michael

    If Singing Kum Ba Ya and merely TALKING about "Change" were enough to fulfill the visions that JFK talked about and that Ted Kennedy alluded, I'd jump on th eband wagon, and happily so.

    However, back in the real world, actual WORK is required to accomplish these momentous tasks! I solidly support Hillary in 2008 because not only has she CLAERLY itterated her vision for change, she has been ACTING on it her entire life...it has been her life's mission.

    Frankly, I am shocked by the complete lack of substantive meat behind Obama's "Change" rhetoric. What this "new found" electorate needs to remember is that the election in November 2008 is NOT to elect the next American Idol...it is for the future of our Children and our Children's children...it is for our country.

    It is high time that Obama be pressed and forced to elaborate on how he intends to accomplish his "vision for change"!!!!

    Michel in Pittsburgh
    PROUD supporter of Hillary 2008

    January 28, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  14. Mary

    Interesting that JOHN KENNEDY'S BROTHER AND DAUGHTER ENDORSE OBAMA, while BOBBY KENNEDY'S CHILDREN ENDORSE CLINTON.

    Talk around the dinner table at Kennedy family reunions must be quite entertaining.

    January 28, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  15. Ca Native

    I'm just here to see the Clinton-apologists... er ... I mean supporters begin tearing down Ted Kennedy. Interesting the similarities between the supporter and the candidate.

    January 28, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  16. Kristyn A., Gardena, CA

    UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE FOR ALL AMERICANS??? BULLS%$#. If that was possible, why hasn't any other president done it yet? If you gullible people believe that lie by Billary, you need to have your heads examined.

    Just because Obama isn't telling that fat lie about universal healthcare, you think he won't get anything done. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!
    Obama is not will to make empty promises like the Billary is, just to get elected. Universal Healthcare will cost someone, and it will be we taxpayers who will foot the bill.
    Those who support Billary like a polarized America. You like living in a world of deception so much so that you don't even recognize when it is happening( hence Billary).

    WAKE UP PEOPLE!!! O-BAMA -0-8!!!

    January 28, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  17. North Carolina

    I am so glad to see the Kennedy's support Barack Obama. I never thought I would live to see America rise up. My heart is full of pride for this country.

    January 28, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  18. LIZ

    This is directed to all you Idots:
    Every one has a right to support who they choose. This is America. Because you don't agree with someone dosen't mean that you have to degrade them.
    At the end of the day, whether its Hillary or Barack we all have to live with whoever gets elected. So stop all the hating and gorw up.

    January 28, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  19. Nobama

    Yes Obama needs support to pamper his loss in Super Tuesday. Endorsement does NOT add anything to a candidate's substance. Fortunately, Americans are thinking people.

    January 28, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  20. Nadya G.

    Another fellow Canadian supports Barak Obama 100% it is he that has my vote in heart. YES YOU CAN

    January 28, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  21. Mark Cross Junction VA

    From one liberal give: the money to lazy, refuse to work, put food and money in my hand, have more babies, the gov't will take care of me, supporting the same type of liberal. Yea get ready for tax increases, more liberal courts, more support the lazy people programs, and the best watching Oprah lounge around the White House pool. Oh I did forget that I established a wall in my office to wail at in muslim in the afternoon.

    January 28, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  22. KC, Missouri

    WAKE UP AMERICA ! WE CAN STAND TOGETHER AS ONE PEOPLE !

    REJECT THE POLITCS OF FEAR, REJECT THE POLITICS OF DISCEPTION !

    GIVE ME OBAMA'08 or GIVE ME DEFEAT'08

    January 28, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  23. Daniel from Kansas

    I am deeply grateful for a man of true inspiration and character, in Barack Obama.

    YES WE CAN!!!

    January 28, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  24. mishte

    Like nothing we have seen thus far, the import of the Kennedy endorsement not only underscores the credible experience of Barack Obama and the integrity of the Obama campaign, but illuminates the bait-and-switch divisiveness of the Clinton campaign through constructive, not destructive criticism.

    This is a bold testament to the egregious lack of insight, fidelity or seasoned judgment that Clinton has expected us to overlook. The consequences of Clinton's own dirty pool tactics prove that she is not capable or credible to be President (much less a trusted advocate or politician) better than any politicking from anyone else.

    January 28, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  25. John

    The Kennedy endorsement is huge. But what are his convictions really worth when he says that he'll endorse whoever will win the primary election? Reading Kennedy's speech, it looks like a rip roaring "time for a change" speech.. change is nice but just what is this change supposed to be? Look hard America at Obama's "blueprint for change". Cut all the hype about the change thing, and take a real cold hard look at both canidates. Hillary is Hillary. But she does have street smarts. Obama has yet to prove to me that he has the experience that America needs.

    January 28, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
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