January 28th, 2008
01:15 PM ET
10 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. Sarah L, Fayetteville, AR

    Clinton supporters:

    If Clinton had won the endorsement, what would you be saying then?

    Why are the people of New Hampshire and Nevada more important than the people of Iowa and South Carolina?

    Why was Obama not black enough before and is too black now?

    Why do you explain away her losses instead of showing respect for the right of everyone to vote for whomever they choose?

    Why air Obama's dirty laudry as if the Clintons have none of their own?

    Please look to yourself and answer those questions. I believe you will find it enlightening.

    January 28, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. Travis MS

    Al, Los Angeles, CA
    How does this statement make since?
    Obama getting it, kills her only claim of superiority "experience".

    Are you saying that Sen. Kennedy is a good judge of experiance??? Do you know his past...

    January 28, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. pd

    Why won't CNN post pro-Hillary comments? This is happening to many of us. If you want to provide a forum for an exchange of ideas and thought, stop censoring us. Obama says "yes we can," Hillary says "yes we will." Important distinction, don't you think?

    January 28, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. luis

    To Andy who portends to speak for all Latinos, I am Latino and I would love to know what the Democratic party has done for us? I knwo what the Republicans have done lower taxes so that buisness can get ahead and hire more people who then have more money in our pockets because of individual tax cuts. The right we have as Americans is to pursue the American Dream. The constitution does not say that we should expect hand outs. I think that we should stop allowing the DEMOCRATIC party to speak for a whole segment of a society. I will vote for the REPUBLICAN come this fall. All i see from the Democrats is a clear and consistenet message of increasing my taxes which means less money in my pocket for my family. You do realize that the Government does not produce a thing, all they do is take from corporations and individuals therefore this means that there will be less money in your check if Hillary, Obama or Edwards gets elected. Please think this through. DEMOCRATS less take home pay. At the end of the day this is what really matters.

    January 28, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. d

    I wonder if Kennedy voted for the Iraq war.....

    January 28, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  6. Art in San Francisco

    Well, there goes Obama's chances! Maybe he can pick up Zel Miller's endorsement, too?

    January 28, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  7. joanna

    Another JFK? Let's not forget that JFK was an adulterer and so was MLK. Obama is all empty rhetoric, vision? what is his vision? hope? are we in this country so hopeless that we need someone to give us "hope"? As a country we have had the same type of problems for years...O is going to change ALL of those problems? Economy, jobs, education, healthcare, inmigration....with a background as a neighborhood organizer and jr. senator with hardly any political experience? The man certainly has a lot of hubris thinking he can change the way things are done in Washington! They'll have him for breakfast, lunch and dinner before he knows what is happening to him! This job is too big for a rookie, if you feel that the office of President and qualifications for said office are not relevant then vote for O. You will deserve what you get.

    As for Ted Kennedy and his niece...who cares? She is a non entity who happens to be a Kennedy and as Teddy, poor guy he is a dysfunctional entity.

    January 28, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  8. ken

    After a lifetime of arguing with friends and family and steadfastly supporting Senator Kennedy, I have finally seen the light. This is a most shameful endorsement, and along with Senator Kerry, one which will not help Obama.

    Already this endorsement has been replaced as the big headline by the arrest today of Obama's friend. When you buy a house for $300,000 under the asking price, what does that say about you?

    It is woth noting that 3 of Robert Kennedy's children have today supported Senator Clinton including our own River Keeper, Robert Kennedy Jr. They seem to have some sense.

    The disappointment I feel today with Senator Kennedy is almost indescribable. Shame on him.

    January 28, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  9. Becky

    Hey Barack....your pal Rezko just got arrested!!! Obama is such a man of integrity....GIVE ME A BREAK!!!!!!!!! SWEET LAND DEAL OBAMA GOT FROM REZKO!!!!

    January 28, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  10. barack = america

    traveling barack obama volunteer. i am on to the bay area in california after our huge win in south carolina. thanks to the kennedy family for realizing who the most truthful and most uniting candidate for president is ....... BARACK OBAMA! BARACK THE VOTE '08!!!!!!!!!

    January 28, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  11. An Agnostic Democrat

    I think it is time for Hillary to change into her big girl underwear, stand on her own two feet (in heels or flats, her choice) with her own unpadded resume and make a vain attempt to say something decent or truthful wihtout remaking herself for the umpteenth time!

    Now the new lines she has started using since Tennessee in her stale, old stump speech are, "I never wanted to run for office". "I never even thought of being president one day".

    Lyin', pompous sack o' crap! She just expected we'd all deliver the nomination on a silver platter so she could even the score with her husband and all her political rivals in the party and on the other side of the aisle.

    No Hillary, ask George, this is hard work that you ain't cut out for either. Sorry!

    January 28, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  12. Luis

    Who cares? Hillary is still the best choice... Oprah, Ted kennedy? Again, who cares, we need Hillary Clinton in office not some sad fool who votes 'present' on tough issues and who supports a conspiracy criminal.

    January 28, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  13. Just In

    Now it's a Vast Left Wing Conspiracy.
    Poor Clintons... time to play the victim card

    January 28, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  14. Ramesh

    I am a die-hard Democrat, but one thing is for sure, I will vote for Dick Cheney, Mike Huckabee or Alberto Gonzales before I will vote for Hillary Clinton!

    Obama is my main-man!!

    January 28, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  15. Pom Fritz


    No offense, but we need someone who is more than just talk. Afterall, I'm sure it won't be long before we need to come to the aid of France, and your European allies.

    January 28, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  16. From Illinois

    Oh, and by the way, I will stop watching CNN when this election is over because I am not looking forward to the worst news in history.

    January 28, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  17. MARIE

    It's about OBAMA TIME.

    January 28, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  18. Becky

    GO TO CNN OR MSNBC FOR THE REZKO ARREST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hey Barack...he needs you as his lawyer!!!...............oh I guess you have conflict of interest huh!!!

    January 28, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  19. Mark L.

    My wife and I, Democrats all our lives and financial supporters of the party, are angry and disappointed at Senator Kennedy's endorsement of Obama just a week before Super Tuesday. The media in general and some politicians seem terrified of a potential first woman president, even if she has many years of experience on the national scene. Apparently they prefer a man, even one with just one year of national level experience before he began running for President.

    January 28, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  20. Sam, Menlo Park

    SHOCK! redwoods wrote that Maya Angelou is backing Hillary!

    Why is this a shock? Because she's a "GOOD FRIEND" of Oprah Winfrey? How do we know that? Because every time Oprah mentions Maya Angelou's name, she always does it like this, "My Good Friend Maya Angelou, said that..." or "My Good Friend Maya Angelou was saying..." You can even here the capitalized "Good Friend", too.

    Oh, Oprah... POOR, poor Oprah. Guess your "Good Friend" can see beyond race to EXPERIENCE and HONESTY. Too bad YOU can't.

    January 28, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  21. Whose had Enough

    John F Kennedy .."Ask NOT what your country can do for you, ask what YOU can do for your COUNTRY".

    Robert F. Kennedy.. "There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not. ".................

    George W. Bush "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!! "

    Congratulations on your endorsements from the Kennedy's Sen. Obama!!

    January 28, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  22. Al, Los Angeles, CA

    dg, if you check qualifications, Obama has been a senator longer than Hillary, though part was at state level. It's like this, if you were a country doctor for 10 years then move to the city, you've still been a doctor for 10 years.

    According to reports, Hillary in the senate has been very bipartisan. BUT when she was first lady, she & Bill were ultimate dividers. Already they are dividing again with these tactics. Republicans & independents will not vote for her, but they will for Obama.

    And what about character? George W & Bill have proven how important that is. I'm not saying she is a bad person, but her motivation & ambition definitely give me pause.

    I do wish Obama would lay out his plans when he speaks, as clearly as Hillary does. But if you go to his site, its all there as crystal clear as Hillary.

    I personally was for Hillary, but her old style gamesmanship, showed me she was afraid of Obama. Just like when the republicans were afraid of Bill Clinton. The politics of fear has got to end.

    Obama took them both on, stood his ground, has reclaimed his principles, and didn't wimp out. I watched tough talking George W act like a mouse before the Saudis. And Hillary now takes money from the Healthcare lobbiests she used to fight.

    So who is best qualified?

    January 28, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  23. JL, California

    Yes, big endorsement. Whatever you may think of Teddy, he certainly has the political clout and he can still get people fired up. (Listening to those kids shouting 'Teddy', 'Teddy' was enough to convince me that he still "has it".)

    Caroline's endorsement is bigger, though. She doesn't have the baggage and she tugs at the heartstrings a lot more. She has a quiet strength that I think carries a lot of weight. The fact that you don't see her out that much makes it even more powerful.

    And Teddy's son is looking good!! He sounded like a Kennedy today (there have been times where he hasn't). Did the old man proud.

    January 28, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  24. Lynn - Alhambra, CA

    I'm sure if Ted endorsed Hillary, you wouldn't be on here saying this is the Kiss of death, yada yada yada...stop hating! The American people are wise enough to vote for whomever they feel can CHANGE the way politics is today and not be swayed by an endorsement!

    If you don't like CNN and think it is pro Obama then why are you here wasting your time posting a comment? I didn't see too many posts lambasting CNN when Hillary won NH and NV...oh wait...thats because you liked the headlines then!

    Hillary & Bill have been getting bad press, because they asked for it with all the indirect racial baits from Bill! They realize it too, so they are looking for a "softer role for Bill"

    Seriously voting for Hillary is voting for a Co-Presidency w/ Bill. She needs to stop using Change as her slogan...cause that is definately not change!

    January 28, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  25. jeremy,Tx

    How can anyone take what Kennedy says serious. The man who kills a lady and leaves her to drown during a drunken state. But it says alot for those who support these people. Well, you are liberals with no morals. Vote Democrat.

    January 28, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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