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. Patrick

    Senator Kennedy supports Senator Obama because Obama is a true leader and Senator Clinton is a manager. Leadership is influence nothing more, nothing less. One can't lead if nobody will follow. That is why the presidency is about leadership not management. Barack Obama has proven that he can work with all people to get things done. He can influence people to get things done. Hillary has absolutely no chance at leading because nobody will follow her. She can manage but she is absolutely no leader. There is not one Republican who would follow Hillary's lead. Barack Obama is who this country needs not another 4 years of Bill Clinton...oops I mean Bill and Hillary Clinton. That is why Senator Kennedy supports Obama.

    January 28, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  2. Chris

    Billary does not inspire me; Obama does.

    January 28, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  3. Servat

    The Kennedys are split? What? Split?

    You say that because... oh yes that lieutenant governor called.... let me think.... oh yes cathleen kennedy townsend... ok. Sure he's the leading person of the family because she is very relevant. Anyway, at least much more than Edward Kennedy (senator for 40 years), his son and Caroline Kennedy, who was actually the daughter of John F. Kennedy. Sure, sure, sure the Kennedys are split.

    Why is CNN so pro-Hillary?

    January 28, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. jason B

    It's interesting to see the Clinton camp hit the comments on this news article and on many other major news channels. Must be getting really desperate. If you think the previous anti-Obama comments are from ordinary people, think again. Is it really a coincidence? I support Bill and Hillary until their disgusting tactics left a bad after taste. Now I understand why every one was saying they are polarizing. I will never vote Hillary, although I wouldn't have minded voting for her a month ago.

    January 28, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. ahna

    Joe, you hit the nail on the head!!

    January 28, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  6. Kay

    Finally, someone is speaking up for Obama. All of you Hillary lovers out there...if she is a strong enough woman to lead the country, then why does she need her lying, cheating and untrustworthy husband campaigning for her? Who's actually running for the White House? Hillary or Bill?

    January 28, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  7. Slumlord

    This is great!!.I love the demoncrats fighting amoung themselves.When you look at this objectively.None of the demoncrats or any other canadit have any experience in running a goverment.I have heard people say that Hillary has experience because of her husband."Ya...Right"".If a nurse sees a doctor perform surgry for 8 years does that mean he or she is a Doctor.Anyways if Obama is the elected canadit.A repulican will win.

    January 28, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  8. Patrick

    Joe... unfortunately at some time we do have to pay back the 5 trillion Bush has added to the national debt so yes maybe taxes will have to go up.

    Military depleted? Looks like that is already happening despite the fact that we spend more than all other countries on the earth combined on defense. Maybe they are doing something wrong and thinking outside the box is necessary?

    BTW... most expensive military in world during Clintons time too... so nothing has changed. We still have enough nuclear weapons to end life as we know it on the planet so exactly what country do you think is going to "defeat" us?

    January 28, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  9. Regina Santos

    I am Congratulations for Mr.Obama, because This is a Historico moment. A Very important moment of change!

    January 28, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  10. Sarah L, Fayetteville, AR

    I have posted several comments supporting Senator Obama on previous blogs. I have also posted several comments questioning Senator Clinton's experience and campaign tactics. There are many who question Senator Obama's experience as well. These comments speak to a legitimate debate between citizens exercising our rights under the First Amendment.

    That said, the hate-fueled Anti-Obama and Anti-Clinton nonsense has to stop. There should be no more discussion of race or gender.

    Speaking to this post directly, there are many comments that attack Sen. Kennedy's endorsement as being Harvard nonsense or creating a double-standard based on race. Enough is enough.

    The reason Sen. Kennedy stated he would support the Democratic nominee–no matter who they are–speaks to the division that has been generated within the party by perpetuating the race and gender discussion.

    January 28, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  11. Brian

    You know what. Does anyone at all remember Hillary failed universal health care plan? Her husband losing his law license? The drug lord he pardoned? I could go on and on. Yeah, we had a good economy, but what else? Honestly, Hillary has LESS experience in the senate than Obama! Yes he is new to tha national senate, but what about his time in state senate? Voting for Hillary is voting for corruption, big business (she really was on the board of Wal Mart) lies. I want to be a part of this goverment. Wanting to revert back to the Clinton era is rediculous because things have changed. We need a lot more than a good economy. Obama for America. Obama for change. Obama for president.

    January 28, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  12. park more

    If you see it with Obama, me I see it with Hillary and I am sure the majority of American people can see it with Hillary.

    If it is really a change with a new generation, therefore you should not be in any political party when obama is president (sorry you are from last generation and your place is not with Obama new generation)

    With Hillary all generations will get together and work together

    January 28, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  13. Al, San Francisco, CA

    Hillary is a good candiadte. But Obama inspires me. Hillary does not connect with me. So Obama has a better chance to become a president. No body takes out a ruler and measures experience. otherwise, Gore would have become a prosident. Or Senior Bush would have stayed as President 2nd time. Vote whoever you think is likable. That's the ultimate criteria.

    January 28, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  14. Peggie

    Every candidate Ted Kennedy has endorsed has failed. Including his own failed race for the presidency. He has criticized Bill Clinton for campaigning for Hillary and now Ted Kennedy will be on the campaign trail for Obama. ?? The truth of Ted Kennedy is, when Ted called Bill Clinton twice to tell him to back off, Bill didn't so Ted, who is as old school Washington there is, was resentful. For Ted Kennedy his endorsement was indeed personal and he thinks this is the way to unite the democratic party.

    Carolyn I believe is seeing the completion of her father's dream in Obama. I admire her greatly. I sincerely believe that Carolyn's mother, Jacquelyn Kennedy, would have endorsed Hillary.

    The issues of the three democrats are so close. There is not much of a difference. Speech making is great, but it doesn't make a president. Most important, listen, make your decision...no black...no white...no man...no woman...just ignore the junk and keep in mind we cannot let another republican sit in the White House.

    January 28, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. Eric-Houston, TX

    I can remember when loyalty meant something in politics. Now, Lieberman is abandoned by Dems, Edwards is shunned by Kerry, and now the Clintons are being dumped by Kennedy. And to the "Republican" gentleman above, perhaps it would be wiser to go with the devil you know than one you don't know, to quote an old ditty? Who can remember some historic outcomes of a campaign dominated by rhetoric and symbolism?

    January 28, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Democrats are lucky to have the choices they have. Obama, Clinton or Edwards would all make great presidents. On the other hand If you like Bush youll love the Repubs candidates. How many times do they think they can fool people with the same lines "Im tougher" and "I wont make you pay for anything" .

    I remember the Kennedys(John and Bobby) and the way they inspired people. Obama has quality and it is fitting that Ted Kennedy supports him.

    January 28, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  17. Proud Californian

    The last time I checked, the two people Kennedy endorsed in the last two presidential elections LOST....and now he's endorsing ANOTHER LOSER IN OBAMA!!!

    January 28, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  18. S.

    Today is a day that makes me a proud American! We need to leave behind the politics of the Clintons to the past. They feel entitled to being in the White House. Obama hears us and has sacrificed and will work for us. He is a candidate I can trust and Obama will have my support. I would never vote for a Clinton. Sorry.

    January 28, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  19. Sandy, KS

    Old wind bag Kennedy is talking about change. Maybe his constituents should listen now and get him out of Senate.

    January 28, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  20. Bob

    The only change is back to the old Democrats who figure out a way to lose.


    January 28, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  21. chris

    JerrieT: that 'just because he's black' remark is way off base, I'm sure that's not what you meant.

    Carol: Rather than reguritating the Clintons' talking points, take a look at your own candidate's decisions and indecision (Iraq, patriot act, bankruptcy bill, NAFTA). I'm not saying you should excuse all the present votes, but don't make this about decisive-ness. On most of these issues, Obama made his poisition clear.

    I think an important point in Kennedy's speech mentioned that Obama was ready on day one. Wasn't that Hillary's claim? Does it matter that a Senator of Kennedy's stature says this of Obama?

    January 28, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  22. Joe

    Generally, these endorsements don't mean much. But this is one of the few that actually has an impact. Sen. Kennedy is considered one of the leaders of the Democratic Party and he has a large network of Democratic support throughout the country. Additionally he will be able to help Obama get superdelegates, which is what this may come down to.

    The only remaining endorsement that may have a substantial impact is one from Al Gore (especially if he also ends up dissing the Clintons), but it appears that he's keeping out of the fray for now. And of course, if and when Edwards drops out of the race, his opinion will also ring strong.

    January 28, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  23. tapera

    Most people are too dumb to know what the role of a leader is. A leader does not have to have the solutions for all problems (being god). A leader facilitates solutions. It's high time we stop having a president for the republicans or democrats only at one period. It makes no sense. We need a leader who can bring people together inorder to go foward. The economic boom of the 90s is credited to Bill Clinton by some people. What excatly did he do?

    Most people still want to lie in the past. Some say that friends of the Clintons should endorse the Clintons and i think that's very stupid and naive.
    patriotism should come first before friendship. Most of countries that have rampant corruption are that way because of the "Friendship before Patriotism ideology".

    January 28, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  24. Pride-not-Prejudice!

    Barack Obama takes his maternal grandparents and caucasian mother "out of the closet" as it suits him to manipulate and gain (other) votes in America. His own wife has publicly displayed the very thin line she walks with being a reversed racist and the reason she is being kept in the shadows since her last televised speech!

    As a woman and a mother, my vote is with Hillary Clinton in 2008!

    January 28, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  25. charlotte

    Why can people get posted who insult the Clintons with vile comments and I can't get anti-Obama comment posted?

    January 28, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
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