August 28th, 2009
11:00 AM ET
9 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. J

    When talk about Kennedys you cannot help but to talk about Bushes family

    There contribution to this country were so far apart like a night and day

    The Kennedy will go down in the history as a champion for civil rights, a voice for the poor and less fortunate. Scarified their life for this country. Fought for elderly, education and children

    And yet, when we think about the Bushes family especially GW Bushes
    He will go down in the history as a President who scarified over 4,000 American for a senseless war, a war with no win insight
    The President who blew ups every single Financial vessel in America during his watched and drags the global economy down along with him.
    The President who owed every single Americans who loss their job, their saving, their home, every single penny of his fortune

    History will remember both the Kennedy and the Bushes for generations to come but for a total different reason.

    August 28, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  2. Terry, Butte, MT

    Kennedy was a Liberal with a Capitol "L" and he was an 'Advocate for all.' Liberal literally means Generous, and it is hard to find a more Generous man. Although he came from a rich family, he worked against his own interest and for the less fortunate. He understood that governments role is to fill the needs of the people, and he worked diligently towards that end. It was not about politics with him, it was about doing what is right by the people. Something that is seriously missing in Washington now. He will be missed.

    August 28, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. Denis

    I cannot think that there are too many other Politicians that are like Senator Ted Kennedy.

    Most of them only think of themselves first, how they are going to get re-elected, secondly and finally willing to statisfy their lobbyists friends needs, so they can pay for their re-elections.

    Senator Edward Kennedy was the people's politician, one of us and unfortunately there will be no replacement for a long time!!!!!

    August 28, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  4. kaleto

    "He earned a reputation as an outspoken liberal standard-bearer..."
    Hardly an "advocate for all"! He convinced many people to join the Republican Party in the 1980s.

    I see Teddy is still playing politics, even in death. The very law he advocated to prevent a republican governor from appointing someone to fill Kerry's senate seat had Kerry won the presidential election, a dying Kennedy wanted it repealed so a DEMOCRAT governor could appoint someone to his seat. Sadly, the Mass. democrats may fulfill his wish.

    How typical and despicable of the ignoble Kennedy clan.

    August 28, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. LacrosseMom

    Sen. Edward Kennedy lived out Catholic Social Justice teachings and values, he fought for the poor, the disabled, the ill, the elderly, the children who have no voice.

    He fought in the senate to reinstate the Voting Right's Act, that the Reagan administration wanted to be rid of!

    He joined forces with a GOP senator to enact the Disable Americans Bill of Rights.

    He fought for healthcare for all. Sen. Kennedy knew that the healthcare system in our nation is broken, big corporations are profiting from the sick and dying.

    May you rest in peace, Sen. Kennedy, you served your nation well.

    August 28, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  6. D. Tree

    This is a good time to remind people that – yes – government can do some good. But only if you have someone like Kennedy who actually believes it with his own heart.

    Only those who believe in government should make careers in it. Which is why I often wonder how people elect republicans.

    They don't believe that government can do any good, and they only work to dismantle the things like Senator Kennedy worked so hard for.

    August 28, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  7. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    I keep seeing the phrase "social justice" in this forum, a phrase that seems to be a euphemism for stealing from hard-working, productive, people and giving the proceeds to welfare bums.

    August 28, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  8. Robin

    Let me try this again.

    CNN can you please post some friendly opposition for once?

    I'm middle class, and do not need a Kennedy or any other politician fighting for me. I take care of myself and do not want or need the Governement to spoon feed me.

    Our Declaration of Independence says we have the "Right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness."

    It does not say, "Sit back, and let the Government will take care of you".

    Let's face it, life is hard. You get out of it only what you put into it.

    That being said, Thank you Senator Kennedy for your life long service to your Country.

    August 28, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  9. donttreadonme

    Big surprise Liberals are trying to capitalize on the death of Kennedy to help their socialist agenda. Sanford is demonized but Kennedy is a hero…… talk about your hypocrisy?

    August 28, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  10. Paul, CA (formerly of Massachusetts)

    Please, let's not contact Rome just yet for the cannonization of Teddy. He was a typical spend, spend, spend Democrat all the while advocating bigger and bigger government. Powerful? Not enough to get Obama to carry Massachusetts in the primaries. C'mon folks. Get a grip. Did Teddy do some good? Of course. Did he also do some damage? Of course. Just like every other politician. The exception here was Teddy had enough "family" money to give him the advantage needed in politics. Nothing else!!!

    August 28, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  11. Bob from Florida

    He certainly was no advocate for the unborn.

    August 28, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  12. Kevin in Ohio

    He never advocated for me.........

    August 28, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  13. Rick

    No single individual ever did more to destroy the concept of personal accountability and individualism and promote the concept of the welfare state than Ted Kennedy.

    August 28, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  14. Lynne

    All you critics on here of the good that Senator Kennedy did should have some respect. Perhaps, you could name one Republican that actually did something positive for the middle and working class!

    To state that the Democrats have no right to honor this man is ironic and pathetic when all the Republicans do is go on and on about dementia stricken Ronald Regan and made such a big to do about Gerald Ford when he died.

    August 28, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  15. ck

    May God have mercy on his soul and bring peace to his family and freinds mourning him.

    Ted Kennedy, however, is not what the news media is making him out to be. He did not speak for me, nor would I ever consider him an advocate for myself.

    August 28, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  16. patriotic enemy of the state

    he was never an advocate for me – middle class, responsible, honest and conservative.

    August 28, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  17. Deuce

    Things are getting: Very Unwashed.

    August 28, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |

    Sen Kennedy did more for the People of this country then any other Senator, Republican or Democrat. Now whats sad is he is gone who will be there for US? We are left with all lobbyisit loving Senators who care more for them then the PEOPLE, God Bless Sen Kennedy may your dream live on!

    August 28, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. Kentucky

    I am tired of hearing Republicans say that they are for health care reform. The Republicans had 8 years to help the uninsurable ( young adults with deadly diseases) get health insurance, and they did nothing. People should go and read what the Conservatives said about Social Security and Medicare during those debates. Conservatives said that if Medicare was passed that the USA would become communist, and the Government would own our souls. Conservatives were wrong. I just read an article from a Conservative site that said the Ted Kennedy spent his life trying to destroy freedom. How did Ted Kennedy's support of the Civil Rights Act, Voting Rignts Act, Medicare, equal treatment of women, etc, take away Freedom???

    August 28, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain

    patriotic enemy of the state: One of the reasons you have been able to be "middle class, responsible, honest and conservative" is because of the advocacy of Senator Kennedy.

    – He dedicated his life to standing up for the middle class
    – He could have sat on his family's wealth, but instead took the responsible position of giving back to the country that had given him so much
    – He took responsibility and made amends for his actions, by leading a redemptive life
    – He had many conservative friends with whom he disagreed politically (and without calling them unpatriotic), including Ronald Reagan, Alan Simpson and Orrin Hatch

    August 28, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  21. Lynda/Minnesota

    Indeed, Senator Kennedy WAS an advocate for all. Those who argue differently should google the bills he authored and co-sponsored. Most would be extremely surprised at how much we all benefited from his years as senator.

    I suspect most naysayers would rather not know the truth, though.

    August 28, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  22. Mark Cross Junction VA

    Advocate for everyone that wanted a free Government ride! Like him.

    August 28, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  23. Maria - Proud Democrat

    Senator Kennedy is one of a kind and will be missed

    August 28, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  24. addon

    There are some really dumb repubs here.

    Ted Kennedy – over 2000 pcs of legislation....over 500 became law of the land. This includes increasing minimum wage (just as one example). If the minimum is raised all other salaries MUST MOVE UP!
    Therefore, the dummies here saying "he wasn't an advocate on my became are challenged by the intellectual level of a bag of rocks" Unless've never worked a day in your life. Even then, you're beholding to the great senator – ya losers!

    August 28, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  25. Steph

    I'm still amazed at the people on the right (conservative christians they might call themselves) who will speak so angrily about someone who has passed away. Is this what they teach in your church???

    August 28, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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