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. Bea, Hoboken, NJ

    Teddy is entitled to support whomever he wants, but let's not forget how well his last endorsement fared in the general election.

    In 2004 he supported John Kerry.

    January 28, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  2. vancouver-Truth

    It is disappointing to see that Ted Kennedy has been swept up with Obama mania. Again, we see the "sizzle but non of the steak". And it's clear the Kennedy's and Obama supporters are skipping all of the hard work the Clinton presidency achieved. Talk about being rooted in the past. They are reaching in the distant past.

    It's also easy for reporters to "blend" Ted's words against the Republicans as including the Clintons.

    Hillary, has her work cut out for her, but she has worked hard from day one.

    January 28, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  3. Johnny Peace

    I just watched it live on yahoo, that was great & inspiring. It makes me to reach out from within me and do something to change the course of the present.

    Hope, faith and the audacity to dream can bring far reaching results.

    Long live, the United States of American!

    January 28, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. Becky

    I am glad Mr. Kennedy has seen through the smoke and mirrors of the Clinton campaign!

    January 28, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  5. BP

    Wow............... I see greatness again in the United States with this kind of Leadership and vision!

    January 28, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  6. Ginny CA

    Oh, God, I never dreamed a seasoned senator such as Ted Kennedy would fall under the Obamamania spell. He "feels change in the air" and wants to "support the candidate who inspires me. . .who can lift our vision and summon our hopes and renew our belief". Words like experience, intelligence, and accomplishments were missing in his ode to Obama. He bought the Obama hype and has endorsed him. I would have expected Sen. Kennedy to remain neutral.

    January 28, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  7. Jack in MA

    If Obama thinks his most liberal friends like Ted kennedy, John Kerry are going to put him to White House, he is dreaming. Remember how Kerry got ripped apart in 2004 because his ultra liberal views were rejected by the american people? You dont get points for coming in second in national election. There is no way he can beat McCain or Romney in Nov.

    January 28, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  8. Dave

    I would think a ted kennedy endorsement would be the kiss of death

    January 28, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  9. A. Macaulay

    Ted Kennedy and I agree on a few things but we agree on his endorsement of Obama.

    And while Ted’s speech was great, Obama’s speech that followed was as superb– maybe better than the one he gave after his victory in Iowa. The man really inspires hope! That things can really change in Washington.

    January 28, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  10. Chris, Orlando, FL

    Let's see if CNN has the guts to print this.....................

    An African-American has no chance to win an national election where 88% of the electorate is non-African American.

    Call it whatever you want......80% of African American voters in the South Carolina Primary voted for the African American candidate and these votes were not cast just because he was the most qualified.

    If Obama is nominated by the Democrats, the next President of the United States will be Republican.

    January 28, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  11. MJC

    This is huge...until you realize that the other half of the Kennedy family is for Clinton.

    January 28, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  12. ZH

    I am pumped up no matter what cynics say....

    we found another JFK.. I am so proud of obama2008...

    January 28, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  13. Sly Domber

    The wind is definitely on his back. We're tired of divisive politics..TIME FOR CHANGE! If hillary gets the node, i hope a republican wins the general election. OBAMA 08!

    January 28, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  14. Travis MS

    Thanks to Sen. Kennedy for the last staement. Although I'm a Hillary supporter I will support Obama or Edwards if they get the nomination. I think that Obama would make a great president but I believe Hillary is the best choice and most experienced.

    January 28, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  15. billy

    If that doesnt seal it for the South, nothing will. Nothing is more important to me than to know who Kennedy supports. Obama just lost 2 votes.

    January 28, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  16. Un

    Obama is a speaker, and Hillary the doer. If Americans need good hearings they should listen to radio-plays, but the real life is today, here. Go Hillary!

    January 28, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  17. Gail, San Diego, California

    This is a great day in American History. Way to go to all of the Kennedy family.

    I am so proud of you and of Barack Obama to lead this country forward.

    January 28, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  18. Gloria, San Francisco, Ca

    For goodness sake, how many times has Ted Kennedy been elected? What is so fresh about him? "I feel change in the air"? Does that mean he will no seek re-election?

    This man's past is not a good one and the only thing that saved his butt from going to jail was money and political clout.

    So much for rejecting the "status quo" Obama!

    January 28, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  19. ahna

    WHO CARES?!!! The only reason he is still around is because he is a Kenney, that's it!

    January 28, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  20. Rosa

    another endorsement that means jack squat! The circus of the clowns in a political race!

    January 28, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  21. Carol

    Barack Obama voted "present" in the Illinois state Senate; he also had a tendency to change his votes after roll calls were tabulated on important pieces of legislation. (Too weak to take a position)

    '[S]ome lawmakers say the unusual practice also offers a relatively painless way to PLACATE both sides of a difficult issue. Even if a lawmaker admits an error, the actual vote stands and the official record merely shows the senator's "intent."' (Too wimpy to take a position)

    Certain intentions predicated the "present" votes, and they also motivated Obama's attempt to engage in retroactive revisions of his initial intent to support or defeat pieces of legislation some would deem controversial. (Too indecisive to take a position)

    All this begs a question: what did Senator Obama intend to intend when he was casting votes in the Illinois state legislature?

    January 28, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  22. Joe

    one liberal supporting another liberal.....change is in the air???? sure, military will be depleted; taxes will go up.

    January 28, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  23. HH

    Jessica,

    Obama is not President yet, so hold your criticizm and give him a chance to change America for a better.

    The Kennedys hero to many means alot for Obama.

    In Obama, USA united

    In Hillary, Republican united

    January 28, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  24. John

    Another amazing moment in history! Obama really inspires me to believe that America can move away from old politics and MOVE forward!

    GO OBAMA!

    January 28, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  25. Alex Smith

    When you talk about change, why go with a family and senator that has been in old politices? Is this a flip flop agenda because I have shoes on.

    January 28, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
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