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. josh

    Ok. If I were Obama, I would not be too excited about Kennedy's support. Kennedy is not a good democrat to be aligned with. That's like being the mayor of Newark, NJ and having support from the local mob.

    January 28, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  2. Vast Right Wing Conspiracy

    Wow, an endorsement from Ted Kennedy!

    Has anyone checked to see who Foster Brooks endorses?

    January 28, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  3. Louise

    I think that it is fairly obvious that Kennedy's endorsement of Obama is an anti-Bill move more than it is a pro-Obama move. I am not so sure that his endorsement will mean that much to the everyday voter. Irish-Americans, who are at the root of the Kennedy family are by much larger numbers supporting Hillary. SHE is the best candidate to lead on day one...give Obama another 4-8 years (then he will be most welcome)...Hillary is the strongest smartest woman that I have ever heard and read about. Please people...judge the candidates by what they KNOW..There is little doubt that Hillary has the best grasp of every aspect of politics, both foreign and domestic. I'm not at all anti-Obama...but Hillary is the best person for RIGHT NOW.

    January 28, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  4. Eddy

    Ted Kennedy helped John Kerry in 2004, but John defeat by Bush easily. so

    Ted like to stand with a loser

    January 28, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  5. Amused, Las Vegas

    Read the NYTimes PAUL KRUGMAN article today "Lessons of 1992" for the reason we should be a little afraid of an Obama candidacy.

    Not that he is not a good man, but his idea that politics will turn into a tea party because he is going to change everything is just not realistic. It will take hardball to win the general election and hardball to overcome the attacks which will start day one.

    With Rezko being arrested today, do you think the Republicans would leave that alone?

    January 28, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  6. Claude

    Wow, what a fantastic endorsement by Teddy and Caroline.

    Its great to see even the most senior and Trust Worthy Ted Kennedy get excited about the re-newed enthusiasim of the youth in politics and seniors who want to be apart of this ride.

    This is powerful Obama in 08

    January 28, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  7. kw

    Teddy must be an Oprah fan. Can not think of any other reason he would endorse Obama over the experience of Hillary. Oh yes, unless it's payback for the Clintons not backing his boy Kerry in the last race for the White House.
    Kerry already got even.

    January 28, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  8. george

    I guess another reason for Kennedys to endorse Obama is that they are afraid to lose the iconic status to Clintons, if Hillary manages to become the US president. What can you say, just a bunch of selfish political animals.

    January 28, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  9. Frank

    As an international scholar, I saw The United States as a good example of democracy and not family-owned country....but with Bill Clinton's 8 years in power, Bushs family's 12 year of presidency, America will not be the ONE we all knew and know - but become another Autocratic Saudi Arabia type country...where only couple of families RULE the country for almost half the century!

    SHAME, ladies and gentlemen! Don't let another Clinton to continue to destroy in what America believes – Hope, Change, and ONE-FAMILY ruling in America. If you want, after Hillary's 8 years in White House, another Bush (Governor of Florida) will be ready to stand up and lead...and I hope you all don't want to see this.

    Obama is the one who will stop these family dinasties' ruling in democratic America. I believe Obama is the ONE who will change America in what it always believed – Hope, Change, Freshness and Openness!

    With best regards!

    January 28, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  10. Vincent

    How does Teddy Kennedy represent change?

    January 28, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  11. JC

    I was there. It was amazing. The line to get in stretched for blocks. And people were really excited and happy to be there. Even after it was clear that there was no way to get in after they filled the arena and the overflow, people still stood around hoping for a glimpse. And the speeches were also very good and set the right tone. A lot of the people in the line I talked to said they were making up their minds in part because they felt he was such a positive candidate and they were turned off by the sniping of the past few weeks. I had my doubts about Obama's chances, but if today is any indication he is riding a few tall wave right now.

    January 28, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  12. Kiki

    Kennedy what ever happened to "Loyalty." What you did today is shameful.

    Obama needs more time to learn and you know it. How dare you compare him to JFK, Obama is no JFK. Your brother should be ashame of you.

    January 28, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  13. Mike

    I was torn between Hillary and Obama. Actually, I wanted Biden.

    However, after the last 2 weeks, both Hillary and Bill really affronted me. I did not like their gross false statements, their race batting.

    If I, a Democrat, feel this way. What must the Republicans think?

    Obama is inspirational. He leads and gathers.

    This is a moment of history.

    Each of the last 2 presidential elections changed America (for the worse).

    This election can have lasting positive results for decades to come.

    January 28, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  14. Paul

    if Ted Kennedy is such a bad person, why did bill call to try and get him to reconsider? I think Obama has the opportunity to do something great and a lot of people are also ready. My favorite part of his s.c. speech was the crowd chanting "Race Doesn't Matter". Lets all try to be a little understanding of each other and only focus on problems we share, if need be, we can go back to hating each other when we have: stabilized our economy in a way that benefits all that work hard, we all have health insurance, and what ever is important to us. Lets not spend our good energy tearing down people who don't agree with us. I voted for bill but not i vote for Barack. The Clintons had there turn, now it's time for someone else with different ideas.

    January 28, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  15. TD

    Wow, this is another big blow to Hillary. Obama has impressed such esteemed old heads as Ted Kennedy, and this is gonna continue. Ted's words are proofs against Hillary's propaganda based on the number of years she spent in the white house. Go Obama, go!!!!

    January 28, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  16. Bo

    i don't know that i'd want to be endorsed by the kennedy's – that family's cursed.
    obama's a politican just like anyone else – he's no different. but how could we know when he has no background? and i think that, at least when it comes to young people, his race helps him – they see him as being the young, hip, black guy. let's face it, he is "hipper" than hillary.

    i don't think he's ready to be president and i actually think that hillary's the one with the vision. obama's vague slogans pretty much show that he has no plan and he has no knowledge of how to navigate washington.

    this election is too important to go to a freshman senator. give him four or eight years – he has plenty of time to run again.

    January 28, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  17. snyggast

    Most here don't like the Clintons for the righ reasons but most are probably too lazy to vote!! The Latinos in California supports Hilary. Most I've talked to simply don't want a black president. That's how most of them will decide on who to vote for on Tuesday. Smart ey?! Then they'll march and cry for change as they have in the last 2 years. Their vote is worth 25% in California alone. We need to offset this overwhelming support for Hilary. Get out and vote!

    January 28, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  18. anon

    Wow! Listen to the nuclear attacks being leveled against the Kennedy family now by Clinton supporters. How disgusting. Do they eat their unhealthy children? It's all scorched earth with the Clintons. If Obama loses the general, it will be because the Clintons destroyed the Democratic Party in the Primary.

    January 28, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  19. Frank Magno

    CNN ; subsidiary of fox news and msnbc

    I have been your fan for almost 20 years all because you displayed
    the highest order of journalistic standrards.

    Your biased reporting towards Barck Obama is sickening. From Wolf, and all of your guests have higher degree of prejudice against Hillary Clinton.

    Starting tonight, I will shut off my tv on cable news. I just want to remind you that
    this presidential election fever will disappear like smoke. However, you members of the media, the FOURTH ESTATE wil be judged by history of your
    negation of fair, balance, and the truth in reporting.

    Today, with the endorsements of Sen Ted Kennedy and Cong. Patrick, you never mention, not one among you, that Senator Kennedy, left and abandoned his secretary tonget drowned; Patrick, is he the one that got caught of driving
    under the influence of liquor? And immediatley admitted himself to rehab?

    Where is the hope for change of Barack? The men endorsing him are morally
    bankcraft. Moreso with John Kerry. If he wins the presidency, he will become
    captive by these men in enjoying the large chunks of the spoils.

    Theynhave no place in Clinton Presidency. They make it appear that they are for
    this black candidate. As their captive.

    Good luck CNN

    January 28, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  20. Kat, Huntington, West Virginia

    OK-a great endorsement for Obama BUT...Why isn't someone talking about the arrest of Rezko, the "slum lord" that is a big Obama supporter? If this kind of high profile supporter of Clinton's had been arrested this would have been major headlines and some of the talking heads on cable would have drooled while bashing "the Clintons." Where is the discussion on Obama? Come on, if we are going to disect every move of one candidate then why not do it for all of them? The media is so afraid of being called racist if they take him on that they are paralized.
    SAD!

    January 28, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  21. t3rdeye

    I felt the winds of change in the beggining of 2007. I couldn't explain it to my friends, all I could say was that I had a feeling like something revolutionary was going to happen. As history repeats itself and I ponder on the past presidency of Eisenhower, I remember how the 50's were a prosperous and fearful time, prosperous and fear are great conditions for republicans to be in office, but there comes a time when the properity runs out, and the fear becomes paranoia. Its time to let go of the past and with it goes the Clinton-Bush dynasty. Lets give the next generation a newly revived hope into the millenium! Obama Oeight

    January 28, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  22. Liam

    Wasn't it just about one week ago, today, that Hillary said that: "Senator Obama is frustrated"? Recall that? Who is frustrated now, Hillary!

    January 28, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  23. Bo

    hey if you're only voting for someone based on personal virtue and not policy or anything of substance then why not vote for mccain? he's experienced AND honest.

    by the way, can you remind me, personal antics aside, what was so horrible about the clinton years? what policies were there that were so detestable? was it the surplus, the booming economy, the stopping of ethnic genocide in kosovo, the end of welfare?

    i hope hillary or mccain are the nominees, either would be a good president. if it were obama vs. mccain, mccain would def. get my vote.

    January 28, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  24. Tom, St. Paul

    Chris, Orlando, FL wrote: "An African-American has no chance to win an national election where 88% of the electorate is non-African American."

    What Chris is forgetting is that this is 2008, and only a sliver of the white elctorate are trogolodites who care about a candidate's race.

    January 28, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  25. Money

    BATTLE OF THE ENDORSEMENTS!!!

    In this corner – Fighting for Barack Obama:

    OPRAH WINFREY, TONI MORRISON, JOHN KERRY, AND TED KENNEDY!!

    And in this corner – Fighting for Hillary Clinton:

    WALTER MONDALE, MADELINE ALBRIGHT, EVAN BAYH (who?), AND A SAD COLLECTION OF REPRESENTATIVES WHO WILL BE OUT OF OFFICE BEFORE YOU CAN LOOK UP WHICH DISTRICT THEY REPRESENT...

    I'd say the decision was unanimous, but I don't think this one makes it out of the first round. In fact, I don't know if a tired out group like the Clinton endorsers can even answer the bell...

    Obama '08.

    January 28, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
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