August 26th, 2009
09:15 AM ET
5 years ago

TIME: Bob Shrum on Ted Kennedy's Greatest Speech

Last summer, as I flew toward Denver for the Democratic Convention on a small jet with Ted Kennedy, his family and a few friends, I thought of another convention 28 years before. It was the one Kennedy addressed in New York City after losing the Democratic nomination for President to Jimmy Carter. The speech Kennedy hoped to deliver in Denver would echo the earlier one, although a slight change in the closing words would make for a profound shift in mood. The robust Kennedy of 1980, announcing "The dream shall never die" was a young lion in winter, defiant in his beliefs even in defeat.

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