January 16th, 2010
10:38 AM ET
5 years ago

Kennedy widow teams up with Coakley

Vicki Kennedy joined Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley to shake the hands of voters in Boston Saturday.
Vicki Kennedy joined Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley to shake the hands of voters in Boston Saturday.

(CNN) - The widow of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy teamed up Saturday morning with the Democratic candidate trying to serve the last three years of her husband's term.

Vicki Kennedy joined Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley to shake the hands of voters in Boston. Kennedy formally endorsed Coakley last week and appears in a campaign commercial for Coakley that began airing on television Friday.

The canvassing for voters with Kennedy was the first of nine campaign events for Coakley Saturday, as she picks up her get-out-the-vote efforts in advance of Tuesday’s special Senate election.

A Suffolk University Poll, released Thursday night, suggests that Coakley is locked in a dead heat with Republican state Sen. Scott Brown. A Boston Globe survey released last weekend indicated Coakley had a 15-point lead over Brown, but other recent polls, including several partisan surveys, suggested the race was much closer. Thursday, two well respected non-partisan national political analysts, Charlie Cook and Stuart Rothenberg, rated the race a toss-up. The race has dramatically tightened up from early December, when Coakley appeared to hold a large lead over Brown in a state that Democrats traditionally dominate.

Kennedy is just one of a string of high-profile Democrats to campaign with Coakley in the closing days of the campaign. Former President Bill Clinton teamed up with Coakley at rallies in Boston and Worcester on Friday. Sunday, President Barack Obama flies to Massachusetts to join Coakley at a get-out-the-vote rally.

Brown is on a campaign bus tour Saturday, with eight scheduled stops. Friday, he had help from his own high-profile surrogate, as former New York City Mayor and 2008 GOP presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani joined Brown to greet voters. Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, a fellow Republican, rides with Brown for a portion of Saturday's bus tour.

With recent polls indicating that Brown is winning the battle for independent voters, Democrats need to motivate their base to show up and cast ballots come Tuesday.

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soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Jim

    @James
    It's amazing how quick the American people are to forget how the Democrats passed legislation in the later years of the Clinton era that led to the housing collapse. It's also amazing how employment started to plummet as Democrats got control of Congress.

    @Chipster
    Another Bush administration? What? Voting in one senator to block a vote does not mean we are bringing in Bush III. For crying out loud, even Massachusetts voters are getting fed up with Bush-this, Bush-that.

    Also, it wasn't the Bush who had to raise the debt limit. It wasn't Bush who's deficit "estimate" was reported by the CBO to be 25% too low. And finally, "the budget office found that Obama’s projected deficits are more than double what they would be if the president had merely stuck with the current spending and taxation proposals left by the Bush administration."

    @Bren
    Agreed! Go Scott! Restore the checks and balances our founding fathers fought for!

    January 16, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  2. hongli

    You GO GIRLS! Girl Power!!!! You betcha.

    January 16, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  3. strong

    The Kennedy clan lingers on and on .... that family will always be in the thick of things.

    Too bad.

    January 16, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. annie against biased news

    Is this the new 'Thelma and Louise' going over a cliff?

    January 16, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. The Lady

    Please people do not listene to the media they are using the scare tactic along with republicans as normal, just get out and vote and then we can talk about it after the race, nobody knows what is going to happen and you can not depend on polls because they never poll everyone just a few chosen ones. Get Out and vote Democrats

    January 16, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  6. normajean

    Senator Brown is another vote against the health plan that our president is fighting so hard for. If you can't afford to pay for your own medical care, then you can't afford a vote for Brown. He is against the plan and will vote against it, leaving millions without health care.

    January 16, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  7. annie against biased news

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    Chipster January 16th, 2010 11:35 am ET

    Democrats value education if taught by socialist teachers and professors, civil rights if you are light skinned, equal opportunity if you belong to seiu or acorn, due process rush thru important bills behind closed doors, justice for all if you are the political elite, strong national security takes months to decide to support military and can't even stop an underwear bomber, environmental stewardship if it entails al gore and nancy pelosi getting rich off of 'green schemes, no government intrusion of privacy without judicial review except for obama setting up all kinds of laws to steal our freedoms, religious freedom unless of course you are a Christian then you have no religious freedoms, and yes, the right to bear arms but as soon as they can take them away they will.

    January 16, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  8. Mike

    Chipster, your rant is amusing. You do, however, need professional help.

    January 16, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  9. mark

    Anybody notice that your Jan paychecks have more Fed taxes taken out than last year's checks?
    Mr Brown, we need you to help get our change back.

    January 16, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  10. normajean

    You Democrats that are voting for Sen. Brown must have missed the last year when the Republicans refused to do anything to help our country. "The Party Of No" wasn't an idle thought. They did absolutely nothing to help our people, particularly their attempts to put down the health plan and leave millions without any medical care at all.Any Republican vote now is a vote against help for our nation. Think about it.

    January 16, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  11. CRinVegas

    It surprises me that people who voted for the Democrats in 2008 don't realize that our problems are still with the Republicans. They are determined to vote 'no' on any decent idea the Demcrats have. Do we really want to sink back into the mire of the Bush years? Massachusetts voters, Wake up!! Your anger at this country's situation is aimed at the wrong party. Have you forgotten?

    January 16, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  12. Proud DEM

    Hey Bren......where did you get your info?? from Faux news?? paaahleeeese!! You and I both know Coakley will win the seat and then you rethugs can start with the lies and rehtoric on how she pulled out the win...Republicans and the neocons will take anything they read or hear and blow it way out of proportion and spin it their way..we have seen this from day one when Pres. Obama kicked mc C's butt last year...I just don't understand why Rethugs can't accept the failure of their party of NO! GO SOX! AND GO COAKLEY!!!

    January 16, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. Hope to Change

    The problem in this fight is not the party of either side it's their policies.

    January 16, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  14. J.C. - Independent 4 Public Option

    The reason why big corporations and their lobbyists can hold our government hostage with threats of withdrawing their support for health care reform is because we don't have Universal Health Care.

    These drug companies use taxpayers' money to do research for the most part and then refuse to let taxpayers reap the fruits of their investment. Drug companies spend much more money on lobbying, marketing copy-cat drugs, delaying generic drugs, and profits than doing innovative research. They will never have enough number of years of patent protection. The only cure for their greed is Universal Health Care. When the whole market is no longer fragmented by all different insurance plans as it is now, our government will be able to negotiate for a better deal for everyone that includes the employees of drug companies.

    Universal Health Care can cure corporate greed and make us a productive nation we once was.

    January 16, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  15. JD

    It's about time a real American occupied Kennedy's former seat. The Democrats need to get over their sense of self-proclaimed superiority and entitlement.

    Kennedy himself was a sterling example of why congress needs term limits!

    January 16, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  16. devon

    Chipster....you are so full of hate, and are so completely out of tune with reality, your beyond help.

    You've been so filled with the liberal "progressive" retoric....you really are out of touch with any truth whatsoever.

    Your a sad case of brainwashing at it's worst.

    January 16, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  17. Dee

    James, are you living in the USA? The Democrats have done as much if not more damage to this country as the Republicans. I am an Independent voter in MA and I am fed up with the Democrats thinking they can do anything they want in this state and in our country. Martha Coakley is not qualified to go to Washington D.C. Her arrogance is astounding. I would rather have a man with legislative experience represent me than a woman who clearly feels entitled.
    Chipster, Martha does not value religious freedom. She does not think Catholics should work in the e.r. if they are pro-life. Excuse me? She is going to tell people with religious beliefs where they can work? WRONG. Pro-life people have every right to work in the e.r. They also have the right to refuse being involved in measures that end a life. They can refer the patient to another worker in the e.r. The law says so.
    Give me a break. Let's end the Democratic reign in the state of MA.

    January 16, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. annie s

    If Senator Kennedy's seat goes to the person who will kill Senator Kennedy's life long work – health care reform – Americans will continue to die needlessly every year due to lack of health insurance. What a cold and shallow nation we are – money and record deficits for war, but nothing for humanity.

    January 16, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  19. Willy Brown

    This is the peoples seat not the kennedys or democrats!

    January 16, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  20. Donkey Party

    Yes, it IS Kennedy's seat since his untimely death only allowed him to fulfill a quarter of the time he was "elected" to serve. To think that Americans are so stupid as to vote for people who CAUSED the very mess we're in is almost as disheartening as the tragedy in Haiti. We are doomed for failure if we never learn from our mistakes. The GOP / Conservatives offer you nothing. Nada, zip, zero. Thanks a lot to you imbeciles who blindly support them while they destroy our country.

    January 16, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
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