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. joe

    Bobby Kennedy Jr. has endorsed Hillary Clinton.

    January 28, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  2. Greg

    Obama, Have you no shame? You are showing you are already giving into old school politics. That is selling your soul. That isn't change.

    January 28, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  3. Anne

    Phooey. Celebrity endorsements on and on? If I remember right, President Kennedy was in Texas because his polls for re-election were dismal; re-election was problematic. Martyrdom brought pomp and circumstance for eternity. Thanks, celebrities, the issues for most Americans are not yours (are you worried about health care coverage Mrs. Schlossberg? Or education for your children). With the endorsement game stakes going higher and higher, I think Mr. Ombama and Senator Clinton should have a coin toss to host the Oscars. Most of the media coverage is more appropriate to People Magazine and publications such as OK! or US, and even the Enquirer. The "Black & the Blond" campaign is becoming tedious. Qualified candiates with less star power–that would be Governor Richardson, Senator Biden, and Senator Edwards, evidently cannot get a complex topic across in the soundbites or have slick speech writers may come across as normal and even genuine at time. That does not work for the media. The entire presidential campaign is like watching a trainwreck.

    January 28, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  4. alice

    Ted Kennedy's appeal is degenerating. Look what happened to his Immigration Bill in the Senate. It went down in crushing defeat. His endorsement will suffer the same fate. For one, his OBama endorsement is a tribute to how strong Hillary is. Like the pre-New Hampshire primary and pre-Nevada caucus endorsements for Obama from Sen. Leahy, Sen. Kerry, Gov Neapolitano, the Nevada Culinary Workers Union, Ted Kennedy's endorsement won't work. The more Ted and big Democrats keep on ganging up on Hillary, the more the voters will side with her and give her another big boost on Super Tuesday. Hillary, you're really very very strong; otherwise, Ted Kennedy wouldn't have bothered to come to the rescue of your opponent. Hillary keep up the good campaign. I can't wait for the day to see the frown on Ted Kennedy's face for another insufferable defeat in the Democratic primary.

    January 28, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  5. Bill, Tx

    Jack – What year did Ted Kennedy run for President. I sure don't remember that and I was around when Jack Kennedy became president.

    The Kennedy endorsement was important but over shadowing his endorsement was Carolines. I still remember the image of a little girl stareing at her father's coffin. She is an inspiration to us all.

    January 28, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  6. Liz

    "I did make a mistake by purchasing a small strip of property from him, at a time where, at that point, he was under the cloud of a potential investigation," Obama told ABC Sunday."

    So, Ted, exactly what type of President would Obama be, with full awareness of a "cloud of potential investigation" that may float through the halls of Congress, the Executive team, the Middle East, South America, China, Russia?

    We need pragmatic people with an ethical center who don't eat clouds, beliefs, and other non-issue sentiments for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

    I like the written policies on Obama's web site. Unfortunately, when he opens his mouth to speak, I become concerned the same mind didn't write those policies.

    We need to dig deeper.

    January 28, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  7. S.

    Ed Kennedy is a LONG-TIME friend of the Clintons and he decided to back Barack Obama. I applaud Kennedy because it was not about even friendship, it was about the best candidate for the job right now..and he chose Barack Obama!!!!

    January 28, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. brian

    The irony is that Kennedys are elite and the real agents of status quo.
    Where is the change you are advocating, Senator Obama? You are
    seeking endorsement of elite and that was the way Politicians in the
    Washington did! Will you seek Sr. Bush's endorsement too?

    January 28, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  9. markca

    GO OBAMA!!!

    January 28, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  10. Beth

    Half of the Kennedys are supporting Clinton...

    January 28, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  11. California

    Why do people keep writing that they want someone that can bring unify? bring the people together? reach across the aisle? You might be writing here, but you obviously aren't reading. I don't think your demand that everyone find Obama unifying is working. You better scream a little louder.

    January 28, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  12. Concerned American

    Obama picked up a meaningful endorsement, however he still faces an uphil battle where the Cliton machine is oiled, time-tested, & something that rivals amongst the greatest polical naratives our young country has known. So keep things in perspective!

    However, people do realize more than 50% of the country has stated they will not vote for Hillary. Furthermore, in Iowa 70% didn't vote for Clinton, in New Hampshire 57% didn't vote for her, in Nevada 49% didn't vote her, 73% didn't vote for her. In Michgian she ran against no one and 40% didn't vote her. Folks this is a real issue for the Democratic party....

    Can Hillary win the big race in November?

    January 28, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  13. Brenda

    To the Hillary fans who get steamed and say Ted is a loser. It is spelled LOSER. Not looser (as in not tight)-you know like Bill Clinton likes his women looser than most. Please post this.

    January 28, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  14. Do the Research

    I have read so many of you bringing up what happened in Kennedy's past–he is not running for president. Before voting– America please do your research on the Clinton's–google Clinton scandals and your eyes will certainly be opened. Read about their days in Arkansas–Meno, Ark to be specific. How did over 50 individuals who had information about one of Clinton's many scandals come up dead just before they were to testify? After reading all this information, then can you honestly put these individuals in the highest office of the land? Is this the honesty and integrity that we are looking for in a President? The thing I don't understand is why the media does not talk about all the scandals in the Clinton's past–what are you afraid of? I feel America has a right to know this information before making a decision at the polls. These factors truly affect how one will react in office–all the favors that the Clinton' s have to do to hide all their scandals and such. Do the research before it is too late.

    I feel that Caroline Kennedy was the strongest endorsement–especially since her own children are the ones that pushed her to. This says a lot.

    We do need a leader and not someone who is only in the process for the power!

    January 28, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  15. TEE


    January 28, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  16. Colleen Kansas City, Mo

    I love John Edwards. However, I don't think he can win. I couldn't decide between Obama and Clinton. I looked at the elected officials who I respect and who they are endorsing. It was even......until today. Some of you may not like the Kennedy's and think thier opinion doesn't matter. Well, for one voter it does. Based on the endorsements today, I will supporting Obama!

    January 28, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  17. Lynn - Alhambra, CA

    Ok Paula...what experience does Hillary have? or are you referring to Bill Clinton's experience?

    January 28, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  18. Christina

    I actually emailed Senator Kennedy via the US Senate sight, not that any human being reads those things. Who is he to talk about change? Others have said the same thing. He's been in government for five decades so all this change talk is just plain hypocritical. I agree with another post as well, Kerry and Kennedy's endorsement should hurt Obama, not help him. Why is their endorsement remotely valuable? A politician who couldn't beat Bush four years ago and a lifelong politician who himself is surrounded with a history of accusations. What endorsements!!

    And why is is that the fact that Bobby's children's endorsement of Hillary doesn't get any attention??? No it's just Caroline and Ted's endorsements that matter apparently.

    Why can't these politicians let the people decide for once? Why do they feel the need to take out one voice away over and over and over. Let the people decide!!!

    January 28, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  19. Leanderlove

    I'm sitting here thinking if Sen. Edward Kennedy had endorse Sen. Hillary Clinton, would we hear any bad talk about Sen. Kennedy. The answer would be NO. And all the bad talk we see is from people who do not care if Hillary wins they just do not want Sen. Barack Obama become President. GUESS WHAT HE WILL!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 28, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  20. aware

    Yes, change is in the air.

    We now have Big Ted defending his protege instead of Bill Clinton defending his wife. Barack says he began talking to Big Ted a year ago. Does anyone who listens to Big Ted have any credibility? 😦

    It will be interesting to see what the Republican campaign killers do with this!

    January 28, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  21. Colleen Kansas City, Mo

    Susan, you're an idiot

    January 28, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  22. Greg

    LOU DOBBS! Need I say more!

    January 28, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  23. Cathy

    Who really cares about the Kennedy's? They are washed up and no one wants to listen to their crap any longer.
    I want CNN to go in depth of the relation ship that Obama had with Riezko, but of course not. It is very apparent that CNN endorses McCain and Obama, because they would never report any scandal for either one of them.
    Where is the big write up of Hillary's endorsements?
    I agree that Obama is a great speaker, but that is not what we need. We need someone to get the job done.
    Hillary 08

    January 28, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  24. Matt

    I really have to question the judgment of a US Senator who would endorse a candidate who has virtually no experience.

    Oh wait, we're talking about Ted Kennedy. I guess it fits.

    January 28, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  25. Time

    History is in the making and I am loving it. I always felt that it was time for a woman to be the president but after what I have seen by the "Clintons"..I was sick and since I was undecided..they just made it easier for me to go for OOOOOOO....BBBBBAAAAAAAA.......MMMMMMMMMMAAAAA!!!!


    January 28, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
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