August 28th, 2009
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Kennedy remembered as an advocate for all

 Sen. Ted Kennedy was an early supporter of Barack Obama's presidential campaign.
Sen. Ted Kennedy was an early supporter of Barack Obama's presidential campaign.

(CNN) – One year before the day of his death, an ailing Sen. Ted Kennedy electrified a crowd of thousands at the Democratic National Convention.

"There is a new wave of change all around us, and if we set our compass true, we will reach our destination - not merely victory for our party, but renewal for our nation," Kennedy said on August 25, 2008.

"And this November, the torch will be passed again to a new generation of Americans, so with Barack Obama and for you and for me, our country will be committed to his cause."

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  1. the GOPers need someone like this

    instead of the stand up for the rich guy

    August 28, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  2. Roger

    I hope he is right.

    August 28, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  3. Tim

    Well then he is being remembered incorrectly. He was not an advocate for me. In fact, he advocated against my beliefs on a regular basis.

    August 28, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  4. Geena Keller

    Sorry, Mr Kennedy wherever you are, this is the WRONG 'cause'.

    August 28, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  5. Tim

    Kennedy death may bolster health reform, analyst says

    Democrats have no shame, even in death. I wonder why they cannonize him so much, he outlived his usefullness and would have been coached accordingly under the Obama health care plan.

    August 28, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  6. RealityKing

    Kennedy advocated for higher wages, that drove jobs over seas.
    He advocated for more government entitlement, that destroyed the family unit.
    He advocated for more government control, that ran up the national debt.

    But certainly Kennedy never advocated anything for me.., the independent taxpayer.

    August 28, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  7. elliott

    ...an advocate for all the liberals certainly........I don't know any conservatives that buy into his clap clap......

    August 28, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  8. vic nashville , Tn

    Kennedy always believe new generation has to come forward and take responsibility

    They will come up with new and good ideas because this there future

    Will town hall protesters understand that ?

    August 28, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  9. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    Truly this was a great moment in history when Sen. Ted Kennedy said "There is a new wave of change all around us, and if we set our compass true, we will reach our destination — not merely victory for our party, but renewal for our nation," In life there is death this is true.

    August 28, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  10. RIP Senator Kennedy

    RIP Senator Kennedy. I will always remember that you were always a strong and articulate advocate for people of color, middle class, the poor and disabled. For whom much is given, much is expected – you and your family have always epitomized this. I promise to join the battle for health reform in honor of all you've done.

    August 28, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  11. Ralph

    The republicans are desperate for anything good. What they need to do is remind themselves of the previous admistrations blunders and stupidity. Once they realize that the american people are going be reluctant to embrace the party for a long long time, they can sit back and keep thier mouths shut. They had also better find a way to shut up Palin, Limbaugh, Beck and Dobbs. The american public is looking for healing, and optimism (" yes we can"). Not nay sayers and detractors.

    August 28, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  12. THE MEDIA IS THE MASTER

    Ted Kennedy saw in Barack Obama the hopes and dreams of his brothers.

    He knew that the American people would ralley behind a president who TRUELY cares for the people and NOT THE CORPORATE MFers that RULED THIS NATION for the PAST 50 YEARS.

    We WANT PEACE in the WORLD
    HEALTH CARE for ALL
    ORGANIC Farming
    NO MORE NUKEs
    NO MORE DIRTY COAL and NO MORE DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN COUNTRIES for our fuel.

    NO MORE Republican HATE and RACISM
    NO MORE Republican HYPOCRICY

    GAME OVER

    GET ON BOARD THE PEACE TRAIN

    WE WILL CARRY ON THE KENNEDY DREAMS

    August 28, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  13. JerseyMike

    maybe he should have been an advocate against changing laws to suit political whims. Well I guess he's not an advocate for all then is he??

    What is to stop every state in the land who has either a democrat or republican controlled majority in the govenor, state legislature and US Senator from fixing the laws in case God forbid something happens to the sitting US Senator??

    Deval Patrick should be ashamed of himself. This is a very slippery slope Democrats are on and this could lead to 40 more years of Republican rule if they continue to reach too far.

    August 28, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  14. look forward

    "Country before party. Country before ideology." Let's have that chiseled into the entrances to both the Senate and the House at the Capitol and maybe this country can get itself back on the right track. Thanks Ted for the lesson.

    August 28, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  15. THE MEDIA IS THE MASTER

    Unfortunately, Ted Kennedy's death will do NOTHING to change the minds of the HORRIBLE EXCUSES FOR HUMAN BEINGS that call themselves 'Christian' Republicans.

    There will be NO CHANGE IN THE PARTY OF NO.

    They are determined to RUIN THIS COUNTRY with HATE AND RACISM.

    WHEN the Pole Shift happens in 2012 THEY will not EVOLVE with the REST OF US.

    PRINT THAT CNN

    August 28, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  16. Sam in Houston

    Obama should be thankful for Ted Kennedy...if it wasnt for old Teddy. he would never made it to the White House.

    August 28, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  17. Fort Lauderdale

    I really wish he was right. But Obama is no Kennedy. A dream is a dream and many older folks, my own family included, are wont to dream dreams seeing in the present what they remember from an often sorrowful past.

    I hope that Kennedy's memory and the memory of his brothers will help propel the nation again toward hope in itself, belief that we can dream dreams and make them come true. But the dream, like the conquest of the moon needs to engage and inspire all of us. Let's get back to that and work together on it, as Sen. Kennedy knew how to do.

    August 28, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "The issue was people in the shadows, people who don't have lawyers and lobbyists, people who don't have advocates,"

    I believe this is why Kennedy threw his considerable support behind Obama. He saw in Barack a kindred soul when it came to his deeply held beliefs in social justice, and the righting of inequities. as much as I admire, and initially supported Hillary's candidacy I did not perceive the same level of dogged selflessness in Hillary that I found in Barack. I wondered who the skinny Black guy was trying to 'usurp' my candidate's position, then I heard him speak. I saw what Kennedy must've seen and believed in his heart could only be brought about through Barack's optimism, hard-work, vision, and intelligence.

    August 28, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  19. gtekam

    You would be missed, darling. You were there for all Americans. We voe to continue your work until all Americans are insured with a single payer, the government. You always worked to get all of us insured. You rightly said, profit cannot be made on the life itself. The choice to give or take life belongs to God alone, not to Insurance companies.

    I would miss you Lion. Your cobbs live on.

    August 28, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  20. JS007

    Let's hope that in death Teddy can achieve what he could not in life – health care for all, regardless of social standing or financial ability. We elected President Obama to do this, so let's not leave him hanging and let's get out there and help the cause! Activism can't stop on election day. Tell your members of Congress that selling out to corporate interests is NOT worthy of their office.

    August 28, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  21. joe cassidy

    Ted Kennedy had his flaws, but was a deeply committed to social justice and he will be remembered as a truly great person.

    None of the Kennedys or their staffs appeared to ever gain
    financially from their power and wide spread influence.. Can the Same be said tor Obama and the apparent " greed mongers" that he has at his side in his administration... Let's not sully the Kennedy 
    name with any mention of Obama being the next torch carrier for social justice,, With him it is purly POWEr and GREED.

    JC

    August 28, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  22. Obama Victim

    oh plllleeeeeeezzzeee..............he never "advocated" for any conservative issues...............he was a hero to the left......and that's just fine....but let's not pretend this guy was something he wasn't

    August 28, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  23. "Victim" - Often Used, Rarely True

    No, really...Kennedy, as well as his brothers and sister, saw his civic duty to try and help the less fortunate, supporting policies that strengthen the down-trodden of our society.

    Why republicans are so adverse to charity, unless it's given to a church (which, is already tax-exempt), is beyond me and most other rational-minded folks.

    But still, a blight on the American ideaology remains in those who, while enjoying socialized police and firemen, are against anyone who can't afford $300.00 or more a month on health care having any care at all.

    This is where "compassionate conservative" come from, I believe.

    August 28, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  24. carlos, that one

    Senator Kennedy......the torch was passed and will be kept lit forever by this generation....GOD BLESS!

    August 28, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  25. Hugo

    I have never been an advocate of Kennedy's political beliefs as I find most of his legislation a failure to serve the American people as a whole. I believe he most possibly used his political activism as a means of compensation for his personal failures gaining momentum during his later years of life. If you were to get into his head so to speak, I would not be surprised if his driving focus of helping the poor and oppressed came from his religious beliefs that they were a method for him to seek forgiveness from our Lord for his failures as a man.

    RIP Teddy.

    August 28, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
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