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. dee

    Jerrie T

    support Hillary and

    NOW she fights for the rights of the voters of Florida, one day later after getting her hind parts walloped in South Carolina on Saturday. Why didn't she speak up for them last year when the rules were being set??? BIllary is ... LOL

    Voted for war in Iraq
    2007 Voted for war in Iran

    is that what you want.

    Most Dems are not for war with diplomacy

    Hillary and Bush Love War.

    Obama 08

    January 28, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  2. boynla, LA, CA

    talk about the politics of the past. kennedys = poitics of the past; clintons = politics of the future. Hillary is going to trounce obama on feb 5 and finally put an end to this thing.

    January 28, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  3. mike

    Developer link to Obama got arrested by FBI. But media try to keep it silence. Obama should explain cleary why and how he got his mansion $300K cheaper than the market. If he explaint it. I believe he can bring change to our country.

    January 28, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  4. Linda

    I am hoping people will be able to see the hypocrisy of the Obama campaign. They want to get rid of the "old politics" but participate exhuberantly when it comes time to attack their opponents. They say it is not about the past, but about the future. So the Kennedy's have no connection to the past? Everyone is saying he is the only one who can unite the party yet he and his campaign is doing everything it can to exclude a very large portion of the party. They are basically saying, "It is or way or the highway". He says he is a uniter and we've heard that one before. And the only reason he can say he is against the "old politics" is because he has not been involved in the process yet. No one thinks it's amazing that a child doesn't have wrinkles. Wait a little while and they will look just like the rest of us. There is absolutely no substance to what he is saying.

    January 28, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. Katherine

    Excuse me but talk of "change" from a man who has held onto his position since 1962? If you ask me, radical change includes putting time restraints on senators. We have way too many OLD rich white men in Washington. This needs to change.

    January 28, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  6. Andy- Fresno,Ca

    Funny he vowed that whoever is our nominee will have his support because even he knows Hillary is going to win.

    Hillary 2008!

    January 28, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. roger, conway sc

    I am not surprised....the Kennedys & CNN have a right to their opinions just like we do....I give Obama credit he speaks very well, he can evade answering a question without you knowing unless you are paying attention, he gives a small part of an answer & then goes off on this crusade about change & before you know it he has spoken for 2-3 minutes and has not come close to answering the question but everybody is clapping and going wild over a no substance answer for all they hear is "change" which is done intentionally....the past primaries were not the general election like CNN portrays we have many more to go & I do not feel it is right for the Media to try & push their choice of a candidate down our throats....if you watched CNN's coverage of the SC primary returns on Saturday night they sure support OBAMA...

    January 28, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  8. Marty

    Hillary a "doer"?? Yea, if you're talking about a doer of misdeeds, lies and ridiculous double-talk. Hillary will "do" whatever needs to be "done" to glorify her ego. She could care less about the country or anyone else!!

    January 28, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  9. Peter H

    I guess George Bush is a liberal-

    the military is depleted and while taxes aren't up (for some) the national debt has sky rocketed to the point it will cost every American tens of thousands of dollars-

    Quit believing / repeating the sterotypes and propaganda and pay attention to what is going on in the real world-

    January 28, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  10. Ann

    I don't support Obama, and if I did the fact that he has been endorsed by Ted Kennedy and John Kerry would cause me not to vote for him. For real change, vote for Mike Huckabee, the only Presidential candidate supporting the FairTax. Huckabee is serious about looking out for the best interest of the American people.

    January 28, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  11. dmw

    No one in the media has spoken to the fact that at least three of Robert Kennedy's children have given support to Hillary Clinton, Typical media, they favor Obama and will do anything to make him look as if he is God come back to save us all from ourselves.

    Be fair! I know that is asking too much, but I at least 'hope' for better treatment.

    January 28, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  12. Lynn

    If the Kennedy endorsement is so inconsequential, why did Bill Clinton plead for Ted Kennedy not to give it to Obama at this time? Why did the Clintons pleads for it?


    January 28, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  13. Amy, FL

    It appears the cynicism brought to us by the Bush years is alive and well. I do not see how any American could not be excited about Obama. Change can only come about by first having a CONVERSATION then moving to act upon the big problems Bush will leave behind. What is wrong with having an inspiring conversation?

    I was on the fence about who to support, but over the last two weeks I have come to realize there is only one person who can change this country and defeat the cynisicm of the Bush years, and that person is OBAMA!!

    And I think most Democrats will support whomever wins the nomination. I used to say that as well. But after the last few weeks, I have decided I will not support Hillary...I am sad to say it, but in all good conscience, I cannot.

    Wonderful endorsement by the Kennedys!!!!
    GO OBAMA '08

    January 28, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  14. dani

    It's a man's world.

    January 28, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  15. Thomas

    Obama seems divinely inspired, even destined to fill this office. I've never seen a presidential candidate like him. his position on issues don't different greatly from other democratic leaders. and his desire to see a financially and ethically healthy US is no different than that of republican leaders. What's different is that i really believe he can bring positive change to our country in a way that partisans have not been able to do in a long time.

    January 28, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  16. dee

    Obama 08

    Change we can believe in

    Corparate don't want in

    Stand for NAFTA, jobs leaving America or


    Your Choice

    January 28, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  17. Myrna

    Soon to be President Barack Obama is the only candidate who can not only turn this country around financially and internationally, he can heal divides of party and race. How long do you think a country divided against itself will last? It's not rocket science.

    January 28, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  18. Mary (CA)

    Thank you Ted Kennedy!! I'm so excited to have a president we can be PROUD of!!

    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 28, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  19. What is about

    What is the Clinton-Obama fight really about? It is about race and gender, think if Obama were white, would he win SC? Same thing for Clinton in NH. But it is not just about the race and gender. It is more about the two factions in democrats. Obama represents the “dreaming” faction of democrats, which includes the ultra liberal guys like Ted Kennedy, the high income people and the young people who have the luxury to dream. Clinton represents the practical faction of the democrats, the low-income people, the older people, the Latinos and the centralist/moderate democrats who are either not afford to dream or not like to take risk from something new. On top of this division, more blacks supporting Obama and more women supporting Clinton, you get the current fight. Obama represents more risk for democrats. Although inspiring, he is not practical and tough enough to achieve anything even get nominated and elected.

    January 28, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  20. KACEE

    Do your research and check out all of the numerous articles that have been written in the Chicago Sun and Chicago Tribune about the legislative strategy used in the Illinois senate. Chris Matthews of Hardball also explained the strategy which was verified by several members of the Ill Senate and the organization (Planned Parenthood of Ill) which had asked him to vote present.

    None of you Clinton supporters seemed to have a problem with Billary's scorched earth tactics that threatened to destroy the Democratic party, but want to criticize a major party leader's choice of endorsement. If he had endorsed Billary you wouldn't be complaining one bit.

    BTW..I can tell you one tough stand he was willing to take when your candidate didn't have the guts or wisdom to do it-against the war in Iraq.


    January 28, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  21. Linda Pacifica

    I'm surprised more people don't see through O....people say his speeches inspire? All he did was bash the Clintons and act like a victim. I didn't see inspiration from that. From what I saw in the debates, he was throwing low blows. Hillary was only responding to them and bringing up facts of his record. And she probably would not have done that if he didn't attack her first.

    He voted 'present' 130 times
    He has a 17 year relationship with a slumlord and has business deals with him.
    Quotes of O's that Bush did the right thing regarding Iraq.

    Obama is now running ads in Florida...isn't that against the rules?

    I think he is becoming more like Bush and his tactics when he was running....deceitful, unethical, and dishonest.

    January 28, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  22. JP in Maryland by way of California

    I know there are few journalists leaving comments here but where is the objectivity and consistency. I attempt to advocate for both. You can't say endorsements don't matter then trumpet endorsements garnered by your candidate of choice. Clearly, both Obama and Clinton feel endorsements are important. In Obama's case he was more than excited to pick up the endorsements of Kerry, the Culinary workers, and now Ted Kennedy. And Hillary spent 10 hours on a flight from SC to California and back to SC just to pick up the endorsement of the United Farm Workers. And lets not forget her excursion to Philadelphia to get Gov. Rendell's endorsement. I believe many endorsements are overblown (especially celebrities and athletes) and that it remains the responsibility of the candidate to get votes, but some endorsements are important. Any reasonable person would come to the same conclusion.

    January 28, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  23. John from CT

    Currently, still undecided. I agree with Governor Richardson. I do not think another politician (unless he were part of the campaign) endorsing a candidate really matters. I mean if Senator Clinton or John Edwards were to be the nominee, would Kerry or Kennedy support either one? If so what's the endorsement for? If not, doesn't that cause harm to the party?
    Isn't it ironic though that the "change" candidate (and we do need change ) gets endorsements from 2 politicians who have been part of that same old Washington politics?

    January 28, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  24. Chris Orlando, FL

    Wake up......

    What has Obama championed since he's been in the Senate?

    I don't recall seeing him filibustering anything or confronting Republicans.

    Anyone currently in Congress (or was in Congress) created this mess and will not change ANYTHING.

    January 28, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  25. Stella

    WHAT A WONDERFUL MOMENT IN AMERICAN HISTORY!! How can you be human and not feel the same? This is the kind of leader we need! Everything they said rang SOOO TRUE with me.

    He embodies everything of our American ideals and he's spent his life engaged and being involved in social justice and ETHICS in our gov't . . . that's what he has to offer that no one else has. ETHICS.

    Obama's the leader who will stop the band aid approach of the past to fix problems and address the ROOT issues of our problems by finally changing the ineffective old systems we currently use. He's always been able to get a working majority (i.e. actually get politicians to come to work so that legislation can be completed).

    OBAMA 2008!!

    January 28, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
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