May 17th, 2008
11:34 AM ET
5 years ago

Clinton, Obama and McCain react to Kennedy condition

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sens. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain responded Saturday regarding Senator Ted Kennedy's hospitalization earlier in the day.

Obama, who won the endorsement of the Masachuessets senator, said that his "thoughts and prayers" are with the senator, who was rushed to the hospital earlier Saturday.

At a campaign event in Eugene Oregon, Sen. Obama told his audience: “You know as I have said many times before, Ted Kennedy is a giant in American political history – he has done more for the health care of others than just about anybody in history and so we are going to be rooting for him.”

Clinton, meanwhile, released a statement on Kennedy.

"My thoughts and prayers are with Ted Kennedy and his family today. We all wish him well and a quick recovery."

Later at a campaign picnic at Laredo in Kentucky, Sen. Clinton said of Kennedy…” Nobody has fought harder to make sure everybody got good health care and I know that we all join together in wishing him well."

In a press release, McCain said he was "very sorry to hear that Senator Kennedy has taken ill, and like millions of Americans, Cindy and I anxiously await word of his condition."

"Senator Kennedy's role in the U.S. Senate cannot be overstated. He is a legendary lawmaker, and I have the highest respect for him. When we have worked together, he has been a skillful, fair and generous partner. I consider it a great privilege to call him my friend. Cindy and I are praying for our friend, his wife, Vicki and the Kennedy family," he added.

soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Independent

    Is it me, or does Sen. Clintons message sound a little hollow?

    May 17, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. mitchell from arkansaw

    mccain could care less,with the low down tactics he and his party are employing,after promising a 'civil' campaign.i'm sure mcbush and his cronies are discreetly pleased with this development.

    May 17, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  3. dwho

    Very, very ackknowleable by all three candidates. Hope Ted recover soon.

    May 17, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. Drew, Central FL

    My family's thoughts and prayers are with Senator Kennedy.

    Dems Unite '08

    May 17, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  5. kathe oakland, california

    You know, this is not news- I would not expect less from Senators Obama Clinto and McCain.

    BUT HERE IS OUT PRESIDENT – I know they get news in foreigh countries where is his comment on Senator Kennedy – not even his press folks can give a statement yet!!!! One of our LEADING STATESMAN in the USA and not even VP Cheny, CONDI no one has a statement.
    But why would we America expect an administration who did nothing during the Katrina disaster but look at TV, to be concerned about an American period

    May 17, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  6. hrao

    Who is now helping Obama win votes? Kerry? Caroline Kennedy? Oprah hurry up.

    May 17, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  7. Diing in Washington

    Like all the candidates, I wish Senator Kennedy a quick recovery!, and thanks all the candiates. They have really shown the best part of our nation.

    May 17, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  8. Vernon

    Well we also would like to wish the senator all the best and may he pull
    Through his sickness God bless

    May 17, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  9. biju nair

    Are these presidential candidates Gods? Why does the media involve them in everything? Sen Kennedy's health is in the hands of good doctors. Donot make that a campaign issue. While all people wish well for him, it is not necessary to run to the campaign managers for their statements.

    May 17, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  10. faye, NV

    We all are praying and continue to pray for this country.

    May 17, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  11. francis

    Hello i think it was right
    God bless
    AMERICA

    May 17, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. Momma for Obama

    We all wish him well, and may he stay healthy., so that he may be with our nominee when he become the next US president of the US.

    good energy and good thoughts be with him

    Obama 08

    May 17, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  13. Charlotte

    John has worked to cross the aisle. That is why he is not a typical republican. Write in Hillary Clinton in November. We can still vote for our choice, not what the DNC wants to shove down our throats...

    May 17, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  14. phil .c

    its is unfortunate that the elder states man who has served this country delligently has taken ill. we pray for his health and Gods healing.

    May 17, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  15. beverly

    (GOD BLESS) SENATOR KENNEDY get well soon i and many,many more hope you have a speedy recovery. He's not ready for you yet, you have plenty more to do and say. Long time fan .

    May 17, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  16. E. POWELL I MD, E POWELL MD II & ER. POWELL MD

    WE ARE ALL PRAYING FOR THIS FINE GENTLEMAN. GOD WILL SEE
    HIM THROUGH THIS. THE GOOD ALWAYS STAND STRONG EVEN IN THE MIST OF SICKNESS. GOD BLESS TED KENNEDY. FROM OUR HEARTS MAY GOD HEAR OUR PRAYS.

    May 17, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. annamae bean

    All of us Americans are praying for our champion of the poor and forgotten. Senater Kennedy.........................

    May 17, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  18. Terri

    REAGARDLESS HOW TED IS DOING

    I WILL NOT VOTE OBAMA

    IT WILL BE MCCAIN OR HILLARY

    NOT EVEN THE THROW IN OF THE WHITE TOKEN BOY EDWARDS WILL HELP

    May 17, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  19. Victor in NC

    GOD TOUCH TED & THE FAMILY...

    May 17, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  20. Pro-RulesandLaws

    I am praying for the Senator Kennedy and his family. May the Lord grant you a quick recovery.

    May 17, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  21. Rita - Canada

    My prayers are with the Kennedy family and I wish a speedy recovery for Senator Kennedy.

    May 17, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  22. Gura s.m

    Wish u best of good recovery .your good health is the nation health care that u championed for all mankind.

    May 17, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  23. ferris_b

    It is a horrible thing to happen to him. America is praying for you.

    May 17, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  24. Jenny, Oregon

    Get well soon Senator. GOD bless you.

    May 17, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  25. obama4life

    i hope he gets well

    May 17, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |

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