February 6th, 2008
06:15 PM ET
6 years ago

Clinton, Kennedy and Obama meet on the Senate floor

(CNN) - CNN's Ted Barrett reports that on the Senate floor just minutes ago, Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, who has endorsed Sen. Barack Obama, approached Sen. Hillary Clinton during the vote on the economic stimulus package. He shook her hand and said something that caused her to laugh loudly - it seemed to be about her success in Massachusetts last night. Obama, standing two feet away talking to Sen. Tim Johnson, turned.

After a few more comments that couldn't be overheard from the press gallery directly above them, Clinton laughed again and said to Obama. "I had a big sigh of relief when he [Kennedy] endorsed you." Everyone laughed, a little awkwardly. Sen. John Kerry, who has also endorsed Obama, took the Illinois senator by the elbow and walked away with him.

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  1. Rick

    The Dems allocation of delegates seems totally messed up.

    1. The estimated 796 "super-delegates" will comprise nearly 20% of the total delegates at the Democratic Convention. What ever happened to following the public will? I realize that there should be some influence paid to party stalwarts and to encourage these members to get behind the candidate, but at this level it leaves the door open for the party to perpetuate the old vanguard establishment and disregard the will of the people through proportional popular voting of "all" or "substantially all" of the delegates.

    2. In addition to the FL and MI debacle, it seems to defy logic why Puerto Rico, for example, which cannot send any electors to the Electoral College, has 63 delegates to the convention, which is more than the delegations of 28 states (including FL and MI which have zero) and the DC. Other "significant" states, have a slighter higher delegation count such as OR (65), LA (66), AZ (67) and CO (71). The residents of PR are US Citizens but do not vote for US President since PR doesn't have any electoral votes. PR should be entitled to representation but the delegation seems considerably large when compared to other states.

    Rick

    February 6, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  2. AVELINA

    HILLARY CLINTON,

    YOU GOT OUR SUPPORT ALL THE WAY NO MATTER WHAT .....YOU ARE THE BEST CANDIDATE ON THIS JOB.

    February 6, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  3. Rich

    Wow, what a.....

    February 6, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  4. Ready4Hillary

    Bob from Jersey..........If you do not support a bill why vote yes?

    LoL!!! He is a Senator that what he is PAID for... the other option would be "no" but then again he WOULD need to know what lever to push! Lol!

    February 6, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  5. Miguel, Florida

    Some people, will say the Hillary Clinton is divisive and arrogant, but what do you call to a candidate that does the following:
    1. Does not put the hand on his heart during the national anthem.
    2. States that his followers will not vote for Senator Clinton, but her will.
    3. Allow him to get manipulated by the biggest sharks on Washington, even let himself to be walked out like a baby.
    3. Does not control his anger or frustrations and does not talk to his oponent (twice already), What will happen at the international or diplomatic relations? is he going to react the same?
    4. Remove his lapel pin, stating that the people will accept him like he is. So what about the respect of the troops abroad and our attacks? since that's the reason all the Washington D.C. leaders use it.
    5. His campaign stated that they will see if they support Senator Clinton, if she wins the nomination. Isn't that divisive, polarizing, arrogant and presuntuous? when they are all DEMOCRATS.
    For these reasons and many others, I think we need a internationally respected figure. VOTE FOR HILLARY 2008

    February 6, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  6. Jennifer Robinson

    This is the second time Obama has "turned" away. He pretends to be so magnanimous, but I don't buy it.

    Today he said he was sure Hillary's voters would vote for him if he got the nomination. Not this Hillary supporter. He's too green, he's got big speeches and ideals – but this is an example of how he plays ball. That's not going to go very far in Washington. He'll make a mess of it.

    All you Hillary supporters – let's dig in and win.

    February 6, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  7. MM

    One question for BO fans, HOW? You should put his speech writer on the ballot.

    February 6, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  8. Mary San Diego

    wow.. they said Hillary supporters are mostly "uneducated" people. I see that it's true now.

    February 6, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  9. Karla

    She's too divisive.

    Obama 08/12'

    February 6, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  10. SOLOMON

    BARACK DOES NOT HAVE TO SUPPORT CLINTON. MANY OF US WILL NOT SUPPORT HER FOR PRESIDENT, BECAUSE SHE AND BILLY IS WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS COUNTRY NOW. WHO WANTS TO VOTE IN THE SAME BICKERING, AND LYING AND DISTRACTION THAT THEY US FOR 8 YEARS.

    ONLY A FOOL KEEPS GOING BACK TO THE SAME OLD THING AND EXPECTING DIFFERENT RESULTS.

    IT TELLS A LOT ABOUT WHAT PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF WHEN REPUBLICANS ARE VOTING FOR BARACK AND NOT MCCAIN AND NOT HILLARY. THE COUNTRY IS READY TO HEAL AND THE PEOPLE WANT TO BE A PART OF THE PROCESS. WE HAVE BEEN LOCKED OUT TOO LONG AND THE ONLY CANDIDATE THAT TALKS TO THE PEOPLE AND BELIEVE IN THE PEOPLE AND CARE FOR THE PEOPLE IS PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA-PERIOD.

    February 6, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  11. Teri

    So then after John took Obama by the arm, away from Hillary

    Ted Kennedy saw his own rather largess shadow....

    and we shall have.......

    6 more weeks of winter!!!

    lololololol

    come on guys...come to getha.....baby...!!!!
    your far too serious and hurtful here....

    February 6, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  12. Linda

    All of media is for Obama and it doesn't take a brain to realize this. I guess they are afraid if they play fair and give both candidates their fair share of media, Obama would still be unheard of. Hillary is an experienced and educated women who can lead this country in the right direction. She has moral values and cares about the little people and wants their voices heard. Why doesn't Obama agree to more debates and if this happens, tell him to quit preaching and answer with facts about what he plans to do if elected. What about Obama's new friends Teddy Kennedy and John Kerry, isn't it obvious who he is controlled by. I thought his slogan is I will not be indebted to lobyist, whats is the big difference between lobyist and people who are owned by lobyist. ALSO REMEMBER HOW GOOD THE CLINTON YEARS WERE!

    February 6, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  13. CHARLENE

    Obama's lack of experience will come back to bite us all. Kennedy and Kerry are the puppet masters and obama is the puppet. Since CNN is given Obama all this free advertisement. I post 11 statements today and they haven’t posted any because my post is not singing his praise

    HILARY 08

    February 6, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  14. Jay, Chicago

    Right MM. I guess a guy who was the president of the Harvard Law Review and wrote two bestselling novels can't write worth a lick.. Get a clue.

    February 6, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  15. Jose in Virginia

    Apparently, Obama wins more delegates and more of the popular vote last night. nice.

    Ive been pretty undecided but now I can't wait to vote for Obama... and I donated to his campaign today as well.

    He is right. Its nice to be ready on day one... but it's Better to be RIGHT on day one.

    As for the endorsements... They are nice... but they don't really help or hurt candidates unless they are Bob Johnson or Bill Clinton who effectively polarized Hillary in the eyes of African Americans. Lets not forget that they weren't voting for Obama until Johnson and Bill said the things they were saying.

    We had a meeting here in VA to watch the Super Tuesday results and it was filled with both Hilary supporters and Obama supporters... but by the end of the day... and the end of a lot of "civil debates" I will guarantee you that Obama will most probably win the upcoming primary here.

    February 6, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  16. From the "White North" country

    OBAMA all the way!

    February 6, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  17. rililie

    I'm sick of the media supporting Obama.

    I don't care about his fancy speeches.

    I want someone who actually has a solid record to run on.

    I voted for Hillary.

    February 6, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  18. Jennifer E

    YNS – If Hillary doesn't win, you won't vote? PLEASE! This is our country we're talking about, not Homecoming Queen nominations! The next President may be appointing virtually a brand new Supreme Court. Do you really wanna be apathetic and leave that to a "conservative"? Please be enlightened! Grow up!

    Mary – "Barack will do anything to get elected"? Have you not been paying attention to Hillary and her lying antics during the debates? My God, the woman admitted to "fudging the truth" in her accusations against Barack, and you want to attack Barack's character? Let's be fair (and intelligent) in our comments. Grow up!

    Annie from Brush Prairie – MOSTLY EVERYTHING about Hillary's campaign has been immature! Her unnecessary attacks on Barack, her moping when she lost in Iowa . . . Your quote: "Actions speak louder than words. . ." Hillary has LIED in her accusations directed at Obama!!! Isn't this why we're upset with Bush? Because he lied? No, wait . . . fudged the truth. . . but, that's so much more acceptable because it's Hillary that lied, right? This speaks louder than words, right? (that's what YOU said) If you'll lie about trivial things, you'll lie about everything. It was unnecessary! C'mon! Grow up!

    Last words -
    It grieves me to see the division here within our party! Not one of you have mentioned either candidates' stances on issues. If you DO THE RESEARCH and use your head (rather than your emotions) in your criticisms, you will find that they are both great candidates! Hands down. They virtually have the same views. Unfortunately, they differ in their presentations. Experience is not everything (as proven by our failed President), so what's the next argument for Hillary? She's a solid candidate, just like Barack and both will do great if nominated! I pray you guys are voting for your preferred candidate for the right reasons and not based on this gender/race politics injected by ALL of the news stations. That is not important! Do you think death picks its takers based on their race or sex? Both candidates are here to offer a "lifeline" because Bush has "killed" us in so many ways!

    I personally prefer Barack because of his unwavering stance on the war (that was my top interest), but I appreciate Hillary's ability to say, "I was wrong in voting FOR the war." That is noble! You guys sound like you hate Barack which saddens me because he offers so much positivity to the nation, just as Hillary! NOTE: Many of Obama's supporters do NOT hate Hillary, but merely prefer Barack. It amazes me that many of Hillary's supporters cannot say the same! Sad!

    Again I say. . . . Grow up!

    February 7, 2008 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  19. girrlgil, sanfrancisco

    As much as the delegates is what matters for the dem nomination. I also think what matter in general election is who can win most states. This is real politice. Please don't argue among yourself for OBAMA and HILLARY. We are all created by the same God no matter what color or were we come from. Comment all you want. God will determine who will be the next president of America.

    February 7, 2008 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  20. Corey

    It seems like the senate floor is like a High School Cafeteria (lol).

    February 7, 2008 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  21. derek

    Nothing like a junior high gossip column to ruffle the feathers of the Hillary crowd.
    "psssst! hillary and barack were talking and john came over and pulled barack away before he got girl germs." Please- the only thing worse than this story is the way the Hillary crowd ate it up. Perhaps C-Span should issue a tabloid magazine, for the people that are more interested in manufactured dramas than real issues. The real story here is in the comments following the article- Hillary Clinton enjoys a 10 to 1 advantage among gossiping Americans. We're finally homing in on Hillary's best demographic of all...
    Here's a wild thought- maybe senator Kerry (the same one that many of you voted for 4 years ago) was doing them both a favor. These candidates are spending all of their energy differentiating themselves from each other. Of course their interactions are going to be awkward.

    February 7, 2008 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  22. derek

    "The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them."
    Albert Einstein

    All the experience in the world won't solve anything, if we're only applying the same techniques that never worked in the first place. Solutions come from NEW thoughts, NEW ideas, and NEW approaches.

    Obama '08

    YES WE CAN!

    February 7, 2008 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  23. Joey G

    C'mon on now people, wake up . . . the Clinton campaign is short of money, they are in a tight race they did not expect, and simply put, Billy Boy and team are just mad that Obama can reach votes the way he used to with charm, a knack for the perfect speech and style, all qualities that Hillary doesn't have. People want change not the same old same old . . . it is time to win the presidency and take back the White House . . . it is time for Obama.

    February 7, 2008 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  24. SELE

    As would Rocky Balboa said "It ain't over until it's over"! GO OBAMA! Keep up the fight! We all believe in you and yes we all can!

    February 7, 2008 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  25. bebem1965

    Hillary has shown that she can withstand all the personal attacks and all the viciousness by her haters! It says a lot about her strength.give her some slack and let her do her own campaign minus her husband and she'll come up trumps! I say it'd be a winning ticket if we had a Hillary for prez and Obama as her running mate!! But I guess Obama sure gonna fight to the end to get the nomination.As I voted yesterday for Hillary for her experience over change, my 6 yr old son started singing about Obama and it really amused the polling staff at the victory christian center.I asked how he knew about Obama and he says the tv ads says it all.Such is the magic of this senator form Illinoise on the younger generation!! If he is getting this message, I'd be glad that my son at least knows his name!!

    February 7, 2008 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
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