August 28th, 2009
11:00 AM ET
5 years ago

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. Chipster

    I wish there was a "new wave of change" but I fear that the divide is the same problem we see in the Middle East. The religious fanatics in this country see evil everywhere and are on a mission to either control or destroy anyone who doesn't share their beliefs. Liberty is something they talk about but only as long as others do what they say. They believe they are on a mission from God, so everyone else is wrong.

    Unfortunately, they have taken control of the Republican Party, encouraged by talk show hosts who use them for profit, not prophet.

    August 28, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  2. Terry from Texas

    "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."

    Unfortunately, a new generation of Conservatives have also come of age. They will spend the next fifty years pouring sand in the gas tank, dropping gravel in the gear box, keying the doors, letting the air out of the tires, and otherwise preventing the nation from carrying us all forward.

    August 28, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  3. Kevin in Ohio

    Yes, Kennedy was right....EVRYTHING is changing. For the worse..... Welcome to the USSA.

    August 28, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  4. Bob in Pa

    Nothing against Ted and his accomplishments, but he was only an advocate for some, not for all.

    August 28, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  5. katiec

    Senator Kennedy was always there fighting for middle class American, the poor, the unfortunate, the downtrodden.
    He fought for the people.
    He will be greatly missed as see no politician that can fill
    his shoes.

    August 28, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  6. Post always rejected by CNN

    As well he was. In his time in the senate he helped more people than Reagan ever did. Now the republicans are throwing hate at this man and saying the democrats are making political points.

    What in Hades did the republicans do and still do with Reagan. A person who spent only eight years in office and didn't do one darn thing for the little man...nothing, zilch, nada. Darn they want to name the whole US after him.

    Ted Kennedy did not care if you were republican or democrat if you needed help he tried to provide that help. Tell me one republican that even comes close.

    The republicans as always are jealous, snide and full of hate for anything and anybody that tries to help people other than big business. No wonder MOST INTELLIGENT AND CARING AMERICANS think they and their policies are a joke. But then there are still sheep out there that follow them on Fox and rush, and drudge and malkin and beck...as I said sheep with little up top.

    August 28, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  7. Navy Jack

    so ALL of the old congressional cronies need to leave office and make way way for the new republic or will it be the new democracy?

    Kennedy and his media mouthpieces proved his self interest was a priority to the interest of the government. Otherwise, he would have resigned and opened the seat for the lawful election he insisted to be enacted in Massassachuset's state law in 2004

    August 28, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  8. big deal

    the media have made it abundantly clear they are not supportive of about half of the electorate. they have called us names, berated us and dismissed us. the democratic party has done this to us as well. we regret the kennedy family's personal loss, but politcs are trash in this country right now. it will not stand unopposed. conservatives will eventually stand for what they believe in. it will not be tactics that will win, it will be what is real. contrived lives know nothing of this...

    August 28, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  9. Joanna in PA

    In lieu of flower, pass health care reform! NOW!!

    August 28, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  10. g

    alot of republicans on medicare have it because of edward kennedy if republicans had there way there would be no medicare and no social security wake up

    August 28, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  11. Anonymous

    I think the republicans are secretly giving up on 2010 and 2012.
    They know they can't beat Barack Obama. I bet Romney is already thinking about 2016. But he will be too old. I don't see anything new
    about the strategy and agenda of the republicans. Its the same still from the 2008 election. Its still that losing McCain/Palin crap. No strategy, No win.

    August 28, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  12. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Yeah, an advocate for everyone except those who were stuck with the bills for all his mindless do-gooding.

    It's Obama whose legacy will be a 9 trillion dollar deficit, but he couldn't have achieved that with a lot of help from treasonously irresponsible tax-and-spenders like Ted Kennedy.

    August 28, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  13. notfooledbydistractions

    Teddy was a champion for common people – making life better for the poor, middle class, minority and elderly. We'll never see anyone the likes of Teddy Kennedy – now our politicians are bought and sold to the highest corporate bidder. They've sold their integrity and consituents down the river. I will miss him and his efforts.

    August 28, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  14. Al, Seattle

    Come on CNN, knock off the false headlines "Kennedy remembered as and advocate for all." He was NOT an advocate for all. If he was, he would have stood up for the thousands of babies that have been aborted since he became a senator. I just wonder what he'll say to his Maker when he comes before Him. Somehow, I don't think anything he can say will be justification.

    August 28, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  15. AstroTurf This

    Ted Kennedy was not an advocate for all. He was as far-left as far-left gets. Liberal with a capital L. The one thing he did have, that the far-left liberals of today do NOT have is enough common sense to know that you had to compromise to get things done. This is a lesson Nancy Pelosi really needs to learn. She has brought a partisan ugliness to congress that is truly shameful. Americans are sick of it. The saddest part of Ted Kennedy leaving the Senate is that he was one of the only far-left liberals who had enough wisdom to know that in order to do the right thing for the country you sometimes had to compromise and meet the other side in the middle. This is a character trait missing in the far-left hate group and it's going to be their ultimate demise.

    August 28, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  16. 60's survivor

    none other like him

    August 28, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  17. Steph

    God Bless Senator Kennedy for all the great work you did on behaf of civil rights, women's issues (Title IX) and poor families. Let's hope we can do right by you and get meaningful healthcare reform passed.

    August 28, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  18. John

    Maybe as a tribute to Ted Kennedy, Congress would pass the health care bill. We all knew Ted fought hard for that very issue and wants every American to receive the same exact care he received during his illness. Rest In Peace Ted Kennedy you are an inspiration to us all

    August 28, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  19. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - I spend all day blogging, contribute nothing to society

    Ted Kennedy was the poster child for term limits!! RIP

    August 28, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  20. Jane/Seattle

    I think if ordinary people had many advocates, we would e much further along. I am not saying this man did nothing for us, but I am saying that too few in our government really care about us as we are always fighting an uphill battel for Inclusion. That everyone does not have housing, healthcare and adequate food is criminal. We do and have always had Socialism for corporations, contractors and elites in this society. The evidence is all around us. How any poor or middle class person could support the chief cheerleaders for inequality is rather interesting. The policy of most everyone in government is too help Big Business and hurt us who must pay for their risky/gambling conquests. If I , as an ordinary person, did the robbery these have done, I would be in jail, a far cry from being bailed out by us for corporate welfare. If someone is advocating for us, with some exceptions, I's sure like to see it! Peace

    August 28, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  21. Kevin in Ohio

    He was certainly an advocate for the downtrodden masses..... because of Liberal ideaology, the masses have grown considerably over the last forty years..... very few of the downtroddenmasses have become responsible citizens who pay the lion's share of taxes in this country. That's part of the democrat plan...keep the downtrodden in their place by giving them everything they want so they will keep on voting democrat.

    August 28, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  22. Astro turf that.......

    Before one makes a comment about Americans in general......like, "American's are sick of it". Learn to speal for yourself. Only 25% of America are Republicans. Only 25% of America are Independants. And 50% of America are Democrats. it's safe to say half of all Independant voters want some type of health care reform. And ALL 50% of democratic voters want health care reform. So even if 0% of Republicans want health care reform. Over 60% of the country wants some type of health care reform to prevent private health insurance abuses and monopolization of the market. therefore, your assertion claiming "Americans" feel a certain way, in the way stated.....is merely a minority. Get over it and move on. You (and the far right) lost the election in 2008.

    August 28, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  23. Todd

    Dreams, that all they've ever been for Kennedy and that's all they ever will be. And for those liberals who had the same dreams as he, it's only dilusions for you. Peace train. Gimme a break. More like wimp train driving in the wrong direction of history. Fact folks. look at FACTS.

    August 28, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  24. Heidi

    We need to pass a vilable health care bill regardless of Sen Kennedy's pass while truly said.

    August 28, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  25. Julia - Native American from Idaho

    Teddy was an advocate for all. If the Republican's don't like the government programs including Medicare, here's the solution: All Republicans on Medicare, get off the system, buy your own private insurance. don't drive on Government paid roads, i.e. interstate high ways, county roads, city streets. If you are robbed, don't call a copy, if your house catches on fire, don't call a fireman. Okay, all these hypocrits would just do this, there would be enough money to provide the best government run health care for the rest of us. Have a good day, and don't forget to take that book back to the PUBLIC LIBRARY.

    August 28, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
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