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. Enough Already

    I'm with Hillary no matter what! Hillary supporters let us not be over confident about Super Tuesday. Although I think she will have a BIG night we shouldn't be too complacent !

    Hillary is proven, tested and STRONG.

    Hillary Rodham Clinton for Pres!

    New Jersey is waiting to deliver the vote to you!

    January 28, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. Elaine

    Well , if Kennedy endorsed Obams , then there is no change in Washington , It's the same old thing we have been getting from Washington all these years . This Kenndy stands for old politics as usual . Kenndy is in bed with all the old Special
    Intrest Groups . like LaRaza . Mark this down , There will be a Amnesty for illegals , they are counting on it . . Has anyone asked Obama how he stands on illegal immigration ?????

    January 28, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  3. veronica lynne

    Unfortunately for Obama, there aren't enough of these ultra-rich liberals around to put him over the victory 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?
    How comical, and hypocritical.
    Thank goodness those two did NOT endorse Hillary!
    They are both like an albatross around the neck.

    January 28, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. GiveMeABreakInTexas

    Wow!!!!! What a resounding endorsement from Ted and Carolina Kennedy. What putdowns to ole BillyBoy!

    America is already changing! Don't think Ted "campaigned" for a democratic candidate in the primaries...certainly not Caroline.

    As for all the blogs on Obama not instilling the same inspiration in the American sirit that JFK did...look again folks. His brother and daughter seem to think so. Ummmmmmm Think that's good enought for me. Maybe they are a little more believable than the bitter Clinton posters here...that's all I'm saying.

    I remember Kennedy...and I am very much reminded of that inspiration from watching Obama.

    Oh Yes We Can....Obama 08!

    January 28, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. Caleb Granger

    I always thought presidential elections were supposed about the issues, but now I see it is really about who gets the endorsement of the remaining Kennedys and Oprah. Good job America!

    January 28, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. Party Unity

    Senator Kennedy may be the most qualified person to lecture a candidate or their spouse on perils of being a divisive figure in the Democratic Party.

    Kennedy challenged a sitting president of his own party and refused until the bitter end to release his delegates even when it was apparent he could not win the nomination. After President Carter was nominated Senator Kennedy refused to join him in a show of unity, forcing the President to chase after him on the platform before all the Party faithful to see...we all know what happened in the general election...

    January 28, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  7. Claire

    Tony Rezko is from Syria and is said to have given $168,000 to Obama over the years. Now there is another scandal with Rezko and getting money from Lebanon. Does this represent change? I won't vote for Obama since he hasn't come clean about his relationship with Rezko.

    January 28, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. John

    What is CNN doing, why my message support for Hillary is always awaiting moderation.

    January 28, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  9. SJ

    Hillary Clinton already has KENNEDY SUPPORT FROM BOBBY"S FAMILY!

    January 28, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. Nextprez

    Ted Kennedy has flip flopped more than Kerry and Obama!
    His endorsement does not mean anything or it means that eventually when Hillary becomes the democratic nominee she can think about having Obama as the VP candidate!

    Hillary 08

    January 28, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  11. Mark

    Young Liberal...do you have a job, have to pay a mortgage and raise 4 kids? You probably still live at home with mom and dad and you think this campaign is like voting for the next rock star. Well, my friend, it is not. This is a very serious campaign and there is a lot at stake.

    We need the experience now, which is a vote for Hillary. If Obama is interested in the job in eight years and he is still a senator who has gained the appropriate experience, then I will vote for him when his time is right.

    The time for Obama is not now. I don't care about what the Kennedy's have stated, they are and always have lived high off the hog. They don't know what it's like to live paycheck to paycheck.

    Clinton supporters are not whiners, we are the people who know what this country needs.

    January 28, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  12. Frank

    I am considering voting democratic for President for the first time in my life, if Obama is the nominee. My first vote for President was in 1968.

    I think it would be good for America if Obama was elected; I don't agree with him on some issues, but believe he is intelligent enough to grow on the job.

    January 28, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  13. Dobsdee

    At last the 2 against 1 wrestling match is over.I really like Bill Clinton, but i feel his tempo combined with his wife against Obama was pure BULLYING!
    What they fail to realise is that America recognised that in SC primaries.So Kennedy backing Obama now makes it fair game.

    Most of Obama's money is from us little people $50 here $20 there. Not from lobbyists like Hillary's money. Hillary owes the lobbyists. Its gonna be the same old style if she becomes president. The status quo is not gonna change and with the obvious temper she has, i bet u she will make wrong impulsive decisions.
    Did u see her face when she was jabbing back at Obama about working for a slum lord. Please go see it on youtube. It was scary.......almost evil.

    Obama 08

    January 28, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  14. Dobsdee

    At last the 2 against 1 wrestling match is over.I really like Bill Clinton, but i feel his tempo combined with his wife against Obama was pure BULLYING!
    What they fail to realise is that America recognised that in SC primaries.So Kennedy backing Obama now makes it fair game.

    Most of Obama's money is from us little people $50 here $20 there. Not from lobbyists like Hillary's money. Hillary owes the lobbyists. Its gonna be the same old style if she becomes president. The status quo is not gonna change and with the obvious temper she has, i bet u she will make wrong impulsive decisions.
    Did u see her face when she was jabbing back at Obama about working for a slum lord. Please go see it on youtube. It was scary.......almost evil.

    Obama in 08!

    January 28, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  15. Glory

    I am so glad to be alive in this time of change,and so glad that this very special man is here for all of us.
    Thank you Barack Obama, I am with you!

    January 28, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. Nadine Houston-Dalo

    PEOPLE! Be realistic! Is anyone really prepared to walk into the White House and be the Commander & Chief of the most powerful Country in the world?

    I truly believe that anyone who goes in has alot of guidence and support as long as they choose the right people to align themself with.
    I believe that OBAMA will be the only one who can & I hope his running mate is EDWARDS! He's a good man with a solid record!
    Nice ticket-OBAMA/EDWARDS IN '08!!!!!

    January 28, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  17. Nextprez

    John, CNN is anti-Clinton News Network, Our messages are always under moderation. They are trying to be moderate and win the ratings war by promoting Obama!

    January 28, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  18. AJ, IL

    All the Democratic candidates have some issues that a voter may disagree with. Hillary has a whole mountain of baggage. Edwards has baggage too and is not in the political loop of what is going on in Washington nowadays. Obama has the least baggage and most hope.

    Hillary has the most experience but that is because Hillary supporters see Bill Clinton at her side and think of a Hillary presidency as a co-presidency with Bill.

    Come on Hillary supporters! You think Hillary just happen to run for the US Senate in 2000 and just happen to run for President in 2007. Hillary made sure she was apart of the Senate Armed Forces Committee for a reason. Hillary has seriously been planning her run at the presidency since 1999. Hillary knew that she could not run for president without holding a high publicly elected office somewhere. Hillary didn't run to be the senator from Arkansas or Illinois, she ran with internal help to be a NY Senator from a delegate-rich state which is close to other delegate-rich northeast states.

    January 28, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  19. rainman

    Hey, Young liberal, take it from an old liberal (same age as St. Obama), don't fall for the first pretty face you see or flowery speech you hear. there's a lot going on, weigh it all, then decide.

    January 28, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  20. Enough Already

    John,

    The same here. I have had my comments supporting Hillary deleted several times and I have been in moderation hell for a long time. Don't be surprised, CNN is surpressing comments favoring Sen. Clinton. You should know the media is against her and favors Obama. More reason to hope and continue to support Sen. Clinton ! I can't wait until my state, New Jersey, gets to vote come Super Tuesday!

    January 28, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  21. Super

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    John,

    The same here. I have had my comments supporting Hillary deleted several times and I have been in moderation hell for a long time. Don't be surprised, CNN is surpressing comments favoring Sen. Clinton. You should know the media is against her and favors Obama. More reason to hope and continue to support Sen. Clinton ! I can't wait until my state, New Jersey, gets to vote come Super Tuesday!

    January 28, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  22. bearcat5

    It certainly does matter which candidate T. Kennedy supports, that's why they all wanted his support in the first place.
    The truth is, it really does not matter who gets the democratic nomination, it could be Mickey mouse or pluto for all it matters, because whoever gets it will win.....period. This country will never learn. It took us years to dig out from Reganomics and now thanks to "W", it will take even longer to get over the Bush nightmare.
    One good thing, the Bushs' are done, sorry Jeb you could'nt get elected dog catcher.

    January 28, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  23. SJ

    All of you who complain about CNN moderating your positive comments about Hillary, You have to send MULTIPLE comments to get one to count.....

    January 28, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  24. Eric

    ANYBODY but Hillary the commy.......

    January 28, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  25. TAMower

    And how does a vindictive, politically motivated endorsement from the most entrenched "establishment" family in American politics benefit a candidate who is running an "outsider" campaign in hopes of changing the very things that have kept the Kennedys in power? Makes no sense and is the definition of the word "oxymoron," stress the moron. Has it occurred to no one that Washington power brokers such as Kennedy and Kerry might, just might, look at the young, naive and inexperienced Obama and see a ripe opportunity for controlling the President they might make him into? Good Lord! Can't people see that the powers that be cannot control Hillary Clinton and therefore some of them are choosing Obama and putting him in a position where he will owe them the minute he puts his hands on whatever power and control they allow him to have. Politics is nasty business and politicians have REASONS for the things they do! Americans are smart enough to look beyond the pre-text of fancy rhetoric and focus on the real issues. Kennedy's almost religious endorsement of Obama today might well have caused a serious rift in the Democratic party. And why? Because that creates an opportunity for Kennedy to garner more power for himself. What do they take us for?

    January 28, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
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