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. Nan

    Amen to "colorblind" statement.

    January 28, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. Stamford

    Look at all these comments....I would say that Senator Kennedy did a great job in polarizing Democratic voters. Senator, save your views for the election.

    January 28, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  3. Vincent

    Its funny I was leaning twords Obama, but this acually makes me want to vote Clinton. The Clintons have proven change....Teddy Kennedy is way too far to the left for me...
    Proof is in the pudding..My bank account looked so much better in the 90s all the other stuff is irrelevant......Im finacially suffering I cant afford to take a chance just because Obamas the most "inspiring"

    January 28, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  4. Aussie Greg

    What experience does Hillary actually have? She was married to the president how does that give her experience?

    Good on you Ted, it is time for a change, for a leader that inspires, for hope, for the future of America and most of all for the rest of the world.

    January 28, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  5. MJC

    Wait....I thought that Obama didn't like the "status quo"?!?

    January 28, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  6. rw

    The Teddy Kennedy support is a two-edged sword for Obama, the candidate that talked about being a cross-over candidate. It is difficult to conceive that the support of a far left leader, like Kennedy, can sit comfortably with right of center or moderate republicans.


    January 28, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  7. Ito, Yokosuka Japan

    Anybody who thinks HRC is an agent for change is living in a farytale. She will say what she needs to and change nothing.

    She HAS too many political debts to pay to be an effective agent for change.

    January 28, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  8. Jace

    The bottom line is both Senator Clinton and Senator Obama have the same platform...they are essentially the same candidate. What's makes them different is Senator Clinton has the politcal clout to get things done in Washington. Senator Obama simply does not have it. Let's not get fooled by the rhetoric from either side. I fear if Senator Obama gets the nomination (and wins the general election) we will have nothing but four years of him spewing change change change and getting nothing done. I want action...Hilary '08!!

    January 28, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  9. Tina

    would you like coke with that wine?

    January 28, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  10. Aaron from Riverside, CA

    "Its time for a woman. Men have screwed up usa for the last 200 years.. now its time for a woman to fix things."

    This is sexist trash. It should have nothing to do with man or woman, black or white. Vote for the best candidate in your eyes. By voting for a women because she's a woman, you are giving her an artificial handicap that would devalue any victory. Do you really want the first woman elected president to be elected because of her gender?

    Think about it. If Barack supporters used similar words, this is how they would sound:

    "Its time for a black man. White people have screwed up usa for the last 200 years.. now its time for a black man to fix things."

    Hope that gives you ladies a perspective on that.

    January 28, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  11. Sudhir

    Go OBAMA. This is great news. Hillary claims she is ready from day 1.. That is bragging... You want others to say that for u.... Like Ted did for Obama....

    I have never beeninvolved in any elections ealier. But this time I am into it. I want new direction for the country. I want new leadership...

    Go Obama.

    January 28, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  12. Mr Jones

    Let's face it America. The world is at stake and Hillary is not going to bring this world to a consensus. Kofi Anan lead the United Nations and got along with all NAtions until the establishment tried to destroy him with political tactics like the CLintons! Barack Obama is fresh New And yes America Black like more than half the people on the PLANET...No more white wash you will be forced to get along with all races...Barack (Blessed)

    January 28, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  13. Donna in ID

    I for one am not an Obama fan. I wish he would have waited 4 or 8 yrs to got some more back ground, Especially with forgien policy. He is trying to use this as on the job training. If you think that these terrorists aren't keeping a close eye on what is going on in this country your are not using your head. They are watching everything from our Border Security to the competency of who we elect. Being Independent I see no one on either side I would put my faith in as far as handling both the tornadoes we are in with the mess made by Bush and everyone in office the last 8 yrs has created. Both in foreign policy and the economy. I am really getting tired of voting against someone instead of for some on the last several elections.
    It is time for some real serious thought before before you vote.

    January 28, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  14. Elizabeth

    Newsflash: Democrats lost the last two elections. Those who say that Kennedy's endorsement is a curse are comparing general election to the primaries. I think Kennedy's endorsement is important in the primaries. . the two mentioned won the primaries.

    I think this year is different. If Obama is chosen a democrat will win the general election. If Hillary is chosen, the Republican's choice will determine who will win the general election. Do you want to decide or do you want others to make the decision for you?

    January 28, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  15. lochukung

    do the research-you are making me laugh. you should do the research before jumping into the crowded "O Train" (O bere means "obsessed") how much do you know about Obama as a person, not as a saint? did you care to read the news report in Chicago Sun times dated April 23, 07 and June 18, 07. your hate of the Clintons is unquestionable and so is your ignorance and your overwhelming bigotry! Did you heed your hero Obama's advice to "change" and "future"? you are still immersed in the years ago socalled scandals that were never proved. Not even Obama dares to mention any of them! you are just pathetic!

    January 28, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  16. Jeremiah

    Someone please remind the media that acting like Ted Kennedy represents the common values of America is like saying Saddam Hussein was a champion for human rights.

    2008 . . . The year of the endorsement obsession. If only we were as obsessed with family values . . .

    January 28, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  17. Hillary Supporter

    While Obama was being endorsed by the OTHER half of the Kennedys (BOBBY KENNEDY"S FAMILY ALREADY ENDORSED HILLARY CLINTON IN NOVEMBER).....like I was saying, while Obama was again "talking" about the future and of course "change"......Hillary was ANSWERING QUESTIONS from a crowd of people covering topics such as green house gases and dependance on oil.....yet again, Obama speaks well, yet Hillary is on top of things, giving answers, and GETTING THINGS DONE! Does Obama ever take questions or answer questions from the people he speaks to?

    By the way, CNN, you are so biased against Hillary.....people are really getting it now and you are actually turning more people to Hillary because of it......they see how much she has to take and is still standing.....tells you a lot about a person.....

    January 28, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  18. wordslinger, chicago

    JFK died more than 44 years ago and wasn't much of a president anyway. Ted is a true giant of the Senate, but having been there since 1962, it's hard to see what sort of "change" he represents. But Ted and Caroline's endorsements will probably resonate with those who wish to believe in the fairy tale of the time that never was, "Camelot." The reality was closer to today, what with the hit squads against Castro, regime change against the Diem brothers and an escalating war to bring democracy to Asia. I hope they can make an argument for Obama in the here and now.

    January 28, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  19. archie

    A democrat win by Obama is a landslide win for John Mc Cain.

    All democrats please elect Obama in the convention.

    Congrats. PRESIDENT MC CAIN, THE TRUE AMERICAN HERO ........................(Hard to defeat Hillary if shes the opponent.

    January 28, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  20. Donna

    I don't believe that old Ted does anything with out his own agenda. It is a power move. Once you get where these people are they will use and keep trying to build their political dynasies. The Kennadeys and Bushs are great examples of I got mine and want more and to hell with you. I was a fan of Teds at one time. Not anymore. He is 4 yrs to early backing Obama or anyone.

    January 28, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  21. Cynical Too

    Can somebody explain why blacks continue to use African American when no other ethnic group does. Aren't the majority at least 3 generations removed from slavery. What's with the interest in Africa when their lives are here in the United States. Get Over It and join the rest of the Americans in an election for the CITIZENS of the USA. Maybe then we can get beyond racism and consider Obama a legitimate candidate of the people.

    January 28, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  22. Hillary Supporter

    It was also awful for CNN to say the Democratic Vote tomorrow in Florida will be a popularity contest....what a slap in the face to florida voters! ALL the dems will be on the ballot! How will it be a popularity contest??????? Just because there are no deligates YET, doesn't mean you have the right to belittle the Florida voters...it will be a big deal who wins, because it's Florida's decision on who they want in the White House.

    January 28, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  23. Lili

    If I may – Obama is NO JFK

    January 28, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  24. Gloria, San Francisco, Ca

    Well, I'm glad Obama has the Canadian vote.

    January 28, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  25. Hillarylover

    andy January 28, 2008 1:29 pm ET

    Thats all good and well but I would really really hope that the media along with Sen Kennedy to STOP speaking for the Latino community !! We have chosen who we would like to support and you continue to say that Latinos will do what you think we are suppose to do! well its not at all that way ! Let us speak for are self's and I wish the whites and blacks would stop saying what we will do! You are not Latino! and we will continue to support Hillary Clinton and for those who keep saying the latinos will do this and that ! Ask us instead of talking on national TV and saying this is what I think the Latino community will do ! you sound like The Latino dose not count in this country and that it black and whites who this country belongs to ! How offensive you are to the Latino community!

    Thank you Andy. Kennedy is yesterdays news. You are right we have already made up our minds and no one will change. How dare they think they can change the latinos. Kennedy do not insult our intelligence. Everyone, let me rephrase, all my hispanics friends laughed at Kennedy's endorsement. We look at people like Henry Cisneros. Our support of Clinton will not waver. The Kennedys have done nothing for us right? Does that sound familair?

    January 28, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
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