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. rick

    having the most liberal windbag goes exactly against what obama is calling for which is change,, is obama flip-flopping? or is ted kennedy just looking for someone that he can dictate to? the kennedy family is split 50/50 and if i were hillary i would be glad to have the 50% that she has!

    January 28, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. Sarah L, Fayetteville, AR

    I have made, in the past couple of weeks, several anti-Clinton posts. Please understand these posts were not about her personally, but about political tactics and questionable experience. As an Arkansan, I am somewhat more sensitive to the Clinton ambition. The Clintons were representatives of our state until it no longer suited their needs. And, as someone pointed out, there are plenty of Clinton skeletons in the state of Arkansas.

    That said, I wish the anti-Obama bloggers would see how ugly their comments make their support of Ms. Clinton look. Please know that your unflinching support of HRC, at the expense of respecting your fellow Americans' opinions, has created almost as much divisiveness as Bush.

    Can we afford, as a nation, to continue on this path of tearing one another down?

    January 28, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  3. veronica lynne

    Unfortunately for Obama, there aren't enough of these rich white liberals around to put him over the line.
    And besides, I thought it was all about the FUTURE!! Then why does Obama want to drag in all these old warhorses like Ted Kennedy and John Kerry?
    As I said....comical.
    Thank god those two did NOT endorse Hillary! They are both like an albatross around the neck.

    January 28, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  4. Mary

    Obama will take us to the moutaintop of change – Hallelujah! Obama will light the candle of hope – Hallelujah! Obama will inspire us all, unite us all, lead us out of the valley of George – Hallelujah. Obama is our saviour, or messiah, the 2nd coming (after JFK) Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!!! What a load of crap.

    January 28, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  5. Felly

    Hillary is fake. Obama is the real deal, period.

    January 28, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  6. Joe, Boston, MA

    Kennedy says "it's time for a new generation of leadership." So Senator Kennedy, does this mean you are going to retire and give the new generation a chance to represent MA? I'm guessing the answer will be NO. Kennedy and Kerry think they own the MA Senate seats. Well, wait until your re-election...I believe after today you both will be ousted!

    And to Obama, I thought you were running on the importance of change and that it's time the old establishment ends....but yet you so profoundly take the "established politicians" endorsements. Obama, you're a hypocrite!

    January 28, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. arnold burton

    No wonder Obama won in South Carolina. 50% of the voters were black. The Afro-Americans of South Carolina would vote for any black, no matter what lack of experience the candidate posseses.

    January 28, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. Pricilla

    I echo the sentiment of the French commentator. I am a Belizean citizen and from all that I have read and seen, it is clear to me that America is on the precipice of a defining moment in its history. It has an opportunity to elect for its next President a leader who is inspirational and not merely run of the mill. Mr. Barack Obama has garnered the interest of the international community...something that no other presidential candidate has done in all of American history. This Presidential election will tell the world who the American people really are more than any foreign policy ever could. It will signal to the world that America is able to take up the mantle and live up to its promise of being the world leader...by electing the only choice for President which is the inspirational, dynamic, intelligent and believable Barack Obama.

    January 28, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  9. Margarita



    January 28, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  10. Luis

    Enjoy it will you can obama, you have now until February 5th to enjoy this useless endorsement and frivolous media coverage. What a great contradiction by the way getting endorsed by Ted Kennedy with your 'new' way of politics. How come CNN doesn't ask Obama about his 'present' votes? The media is lying to you guys and is making this useless endorsement bigger than it really is. Yes i am inspired by a candidate who cannot stand a debate because his voting record is useless and cannot stand to take the heat. Super Tuesday is when CNN gets slapped in the face.

    Go Clinton, I love how she is above all of this media frivolity.

    January 28, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  11. Sarah L, Fayetteville, AR

    For those of you who take exception with Mr. Kennedy's liberal record, why don't you look at how many Republicans and Independents support Senator Obama as well? It's precisely this broad appeal that will make him be able to accomplish things once in the White House.

    January 28, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  12. Ray

    you Obama Cult memebers might have today..But come Feb 5th..we will see who has the last laugh!!!


    January 28, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  13. anon

    This is an amazing day for the Obama campaign. This really energizes the ground troops, but keep in mind, the Clinton ground game is almost nonexistent in many areas. Their campaigns are truly an insight on their concept of government. The Clintons run their campaign by decree. Obama's campaign is run on the local level, by the local supporters. When this nomination is done, I'm going to have three pins on my jacket - Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin. We fought for it, we won it. To paraphrase: It's the people, stupid.

    January 28, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  14. Dufur30

    I see how most of the smack talking is being done by the Clinton supporters, and how Obama supporters are not stooping to their level. Obama holds us to a higher standard.

    January 28, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Go Obama!

    January 28, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  16. Lloyd

    I was watching CNN News on comes Ted Kennedy and Barack Obama. I said Ok this was for 40 minutes or more of National Air time. I think Cnn needs to give all the other candidates Equal time. If not Cnn are the ones Being Racial.

    January 28, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  17. Matthew

    Where's Obama's foreign policy experience? Where's Obama's voting record? Where's Obama's explanation about Rezko? Where's Obama's campaign details? Too many questions, and as usual, the media fail to scrutinize this man! We are in a time in history where we NEED to scrutinize our potential leaders– their records, their stands on issues– their follow through. From what I've seen, Obama is deficient in ALL of these!

    Wake up, America! A good speaker he may be, but WHERE'S the BEEF?

    January 28, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  18. Bena

    Obama Get's my vote!!!!


    January 28, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  19. jacob

    what hypocracy,, obama wants change yet he stands up next to the biggest "liberal" in congress,, obama has been around john kerry too long already and has picked up the flip-flopping that lost him the election four years ago,, ted kennedy is an old has been who has been around far too long, and needs to be put out to the pasture,, if you were going to respect any of the kennedy vote and i am not sure that i do,, it would be the moderate kennedy's that have backed hillary,, (this is catty but looking at the photo of kennedy,, its is time for more lypo on that neck!)

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

    BIG DEAL! Who cares what Ted Kennedy thinks? It seems like he endorsed Obama just to spite the Clintons who didn't take his advice. And how is this endorsement a symbol of change? Ted Kennedy has plenty of scandals in his past like letting his secretary drown.

    Obama claims he is for change but now his supporter Rezko has just been arrested and is going to trial! Obama LIED about his connection with Rezko during the last debates when he claimed that he only did 5 hours of work for him. It turns out that he has know Rezko for 17 YEARS!!! He also paid $300,000 under the asking price for his million dollar home thanks to help from Rezko. How does this symbolize change?

    Hillary in 08

    January 28, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  21. JohnS

    No one in his or her right MIND that say that the Clintons have done more for this nation than the Kennedys' This is basic civic lesson; but no surprises here given that our readership is very much informed.

    A Few Hints: JFK is a war Hero; Clinton... the war!!! The kennedy's never brought sexual scandals to the nation's White House; teh Clintons' did and the list goes on. Please, Please, give me a break!!!!

    January 28, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  22. Gina

    As if Kerry’s endorsement wasn’t liberal enough to scare away the independent vote, this hammered it in.

    Paula of L.A.: So true, in fact Bay of Pigs/Cuban Missile Crisis is the reason why Cuban Americans have loyally voted Republican for SO long. People really need to start thinking with their brains and not their hearts.

    January 28, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  23. wendy

    Kennedy made a really good speech. i am very suspicious, however, of the motivation behind it and you know in politics things are never what they appear on the outside. Stay tuned!!

    January 28, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  24. Gary H

    Comparing Obama to JFK, who fought in WW II, served in the US House for six years, the US Senate for eight years, all before his 1960 election as President. I'm reminded of Lloyd Bentsen's retort to Dan Quayle: "Senator, you are no Jack Kennedy".

    January 28, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  25. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Robert SS. January 28, 2008 1:25 pm ET

    Welcome to Obama Country!!!!!!

    I support Barack. And I'm a Republican.

    Then you're one of the few intelligent people in the GOP. If you ever get lonely, there's room for everybody in the Democratic tent.

    January 28, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
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