January 16th, 2010
10:38 AM ET
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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. Chipster

    Democrats value education, civil rights, equal opportunity, due process, justice for all, strong national security, environmental stewardship, no government intrusion of privacy without judicial review, religious freedom, and yes, the right to bear arms.

    Republicans call educated people "elites," invade our privacy, ignore due process and judicial review, see the environment as a cash cow, religa ious freedom for Christians only, and the right to bear arms without any restrictions – Titan missile in your garage? no problem!

    Republicans want to dismantle Social Security, Medicare, and all other social programs. They certainly would block equal access to healthcare.

    Democrats, do not be discouraged! Vote! We cannot afford another Bush administration! Democrats have balanced the budget in the past. It's Republicans who doubled the deficit (Reagan and Bush). They talk fiscal responsibility but their policies don't match the rhetoric.

    January 16, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  2. jpspec

    This is NOT Kennedy's seat. It is the people's seat. I guess that it is time to start collecting donating for Hearing Aids. Why? Apparently the Obama administration has a hearing problem.

    Go Scott. Bring some balance into our present one sided senate.

    January 16, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  3. James

    It's amazing how quick the American people are to forget how the Republicans have pretty much destroyed this country in the past decade, and welcome them right back into Washington. By voting for Scott Brown you're voting to let sick people die and voting to block any legislation to produce jobs, clean energy, equal rights that may come in the next few years. That's not the America I know.

    January 16, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. Bren

    The Democrats are in REAL trouble here............

    Republicans AND the majority of Independents are voting AGAINST Coakley. And, based on what I have read/heard-–a good number of moderate Dems are going to vote for Brown as well, or just stay home.

    50% of voters in Massachusetts are Independents. The majority of Independents plan on voting for Scott Brown---70%.

    The Republicans and Independents are energized and plan on showing up at the polls no matter what. The Democrats cannot get the energy behind Coakley--and they may not turn out---especially after a long weekend and DEFINITELY if the weather is bad that day.

    GO SCOTT BROWN!!!!

    January 16, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  5. ib

    Stop the Palin cult !!

    January 16, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. NC

    That's why term limits are needed.

    January 16, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. gary davis harbor oregon

    Brown is just a pupet for the ever changing republican purist party core . Coakley will continue the great job that Ted Kennedy did for AMERICA Brown will only take the work down ., so its
    DOWN WITH BROWN,, DOWN WITH BROWN DOWN WITH BROWN
    america keep the OBAMA movement going forward . elect Coakley
    and thank you Vicki Kennedy for helping spred the word . your husband is greatly missed by the american people .

    January 16, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  8. Road runner

    Karl Rove and Dick Cheney proved to the whole world how easy it was to lie and scare the hell out of the american people.There are some american that takes every little thing that the republican say as the truth,without ever trying to research anything there are being told.The blind leeding the blind,and not wanting to have any sight of the truth.The whole truth is",that no old timers want any type of change,because they fear change,especially when that change advances all americans,and not just the status quo.The Republican and there lies has brought this country to its knees and it will take an act of god to bring this country back to its greatness.I prey that all of the blind begin to see what this new republican regime has done and will continue to do if the true god fearing people do not stand up against these nationallist poseing as republican.

    January 16, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  9. Fitz in Texas

    Seems to me "The People" want more Scott Brown's running this county and less of the Martha Coakley's.

    January 16, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. Silence Dogoode

    How quickly people hav forgotten Chappaquick, the Bay of Pigs and Viet Nam... all brought to you courstesy of the Kennedy clan....

    How quickly people forget the Dixiecrat party...a party offshoot of the democratic party.....

    History is not so one sided for either party

    January 16, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  11. George Recktenwald

    Who cares, either way?

    January 16, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  12. manny

    So James, how much of my weekly paycheck do you want ? Why don't I just send the whole thing to you and let you send me back what you think I deserve.

    January 16, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  13. Beenaroundyaknow

    James: I might agree that Republicans did damage during the last decade but the Democrats, right now, are damaging this country for the next 4-5 decades with their out of control spending, amounting unbelievable debt with no credible plan top reduce it ...ever, and their arrogance at ignoring their own constituents. You need to stop listening to only NPR or MSNBC. I love how Democrats say Bush (all by his lonesome) doubled the deficit in 8 years. Obama has tripled it in 12 months. Bush tried to get some control over Fannie and Freddie several times and was blocked by Democrats like Barney Frank and Chris Dodd. Let's get some relativism in these stupid talking point claims.

    January 16, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  14. what a joke

    Chipster most of the time I just laugh at the comments libs make, but in this case I have to respond.

    The last major education bill pushed through congress was sponsored by both Dems and Rep. The last expansion on Medicaid was pushed through by Rep and to say that dems want strong national security is a complete joke! As a soldier I know first hand what happened to recruiting for the armed forces almost the minute dems took office. It was cut drastically. Next you talk about the right to bear arms, but only if their are restrictions placed on them. The second amendment says that no restrictions shall be placed on the right to bear arms, but the dems never were much for following the parts of the constitution they did not like. Civil right? What party freed the slaves and fought for civil rights back the the 60's?

    January 16, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  15. HAWK IN TEXAS

    After 8 years of the republicans raping america seems that a bunch of people would return to that. utter stupitity. just what is wrong with the republicans and the indipendants that they hate america, or is it that they can not stand to see a president of mixed blood win. if these nuts would check their blood lines they might be suprised at what they would find. when their social sercuity, medicare, and other social programs are done away with by the republicans i wonder if they will wake up then.

    January 16, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  16. ICARE

    Elephants = scrooge worshippers = nothing for the people = go to war = you have seen it for the past 8 years = high gas prices = die-hard fans of staying in the stone-age era = Thank GOD Clinton gave us the internet with his desire to change the future = why do you want to repeat the same mistake?

    People, dont be so dumb as to SPEEDILY crown the elephants back into Congress. They will do NOTHING for U. There's 8 years of proof.

    Stay with the donkeys. Give them 8 years to CLEAN up the toxic waste built up from the ELEPHANTS, eating too many peanuts...

    Dont worry, ELEPHANTS are very smart and even if they are the minority, they'll still be able to drive the DONKEYS crazy.

    Trust me, it only takes ONE elephant to scare a flock of donkeys. So we need as many donkeys as we can vote for, to move to the future.

    January 16, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  17. Tony T

    The GOP has better healthcare plans anyway. The problem the Dems had with them is that they would lead to bigger government, a road to socialism (single payer) and they would actually HELP Americans.

    Small single subject bills, less than 50 pages, in series. Make too much sense right? The Dems choose the 2500 page route so they could jam as much special interest paybacks, bribes and endless bureaucracy.

    Doesn't matter to me if Brown wins, which I think he will, or another Dem Senator either changes his mind or can't make the final vote for whatever reason it takes. STOP THIS CORRUPT CONGRESS AT ANY COSTS.

    January 16, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  18. REG in AZ

    If we are once again swayed by the aggressive and deceptive appeals to our biases, prejudices and self-focused concerns, in the near future we are very likely to be here again, only then the circumstances will be even more dire as the costs of the new self-serving irresponsibility will then be added on top of the current drastic problems. To now repeat our blind acceptance of the deceptive rhetoric offered to rationalize as ‘conservative’ their bold total concentration on benefiting Special Interests and a select few while giving the majority only apathy, the costs and an abundance of subterfuge can only result in more significant loss for the vast majority. Failing to be objective and responsibly rational in recognizing the control and manipulation executed over their ‘puppet’ representatives by the influential, powerful and wealthy few is simply to be self-flagellant. Should we allow ourselves to be influenced by their appeals to our self-interests regarding concern over the costs to straighten things out now and support them in further neglecting reform, we will have only ourselves to fault. We need our representatives to be honestly responsible to us and not just loyal to Special Interests and a select few who overtly and covertly strongly support and control them. We really need to be diligent in holding them responsible to do so and stubbornly firm in rejecting them when they seek to do otherwise. Otherwise don’t blame them.

    January 16, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  19. Squigman

    A vote for a republican, is a vote for a return to the dark ages.

    January 16, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  20. cobra Montana

    Scott Brown will win and that will put a stop to the rape of the American people that work and would have to pay for this mess.

    January 16, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. John D.

    This news flash just in. The Kennedy era is over! Deal with it. The good people of Massachusetts have had enough and rightfully so. We now see the Democrats for what they really are. They want to redistribute everyone elses wealth but their own.

    The rest of the country wishes to thank you for being heros and voting to save the Nation. It is fitting that Massachusetts is where this takes place as this is where this great Nation started.

    Go Massachusetts! Go Brown!

    January 16, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  22. strickinms

    From all the news that I've seen on this election, it is apparent that the Independents will sway this election. To classify Independents as Republicans or Democratics is just wrong. Although the national party of the successful candidate will claim victory, it is evident that true credit for the outcome lies with the Independents. Sooner or later, both Democratics and Republicans will recognize the vast number of Independents in this country. Party platforms will then include input from non party leaders.

    If the Republicans are succesfull in this election and the 2010 elections and they neglect to recognize the Independent movement then their gains will be short lived. Republicans and Democrats should learn from History. Their archaic philosophies are their doom.

    January 16, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  23. Gerry NH

    James – it's strange that the democrats have been in charge of congress for the past three and they are the ones who make the laws. Many people that get sick will die from their illness with or with out health care.

    January 16, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  24. Beverly in NC

    Vicki Kennedy is a wonderful person who has spent her life in public service and helped her husband, Ted Kennedy, finish up the public service projects most important to him before he died.

    Thos Republican pretender is another lying Republican who will say anything, do anything to fool the People into voting for him and then do the opposite of what his oath of office tells him to do – serve the People. This lunatic is a TEA BAGGER – should that not say it all!

    Do not let Republicans further destroy this nation with their lies, hate, fear, racism, and corporate servants.

    We need a REAL public servant who will be working hard to restore America – not just sit on the sidelines and vote NO on everything lke every anti-American traitorus Republican. We need to rid Congress of all Republican do-nothings- not add more to keep America down.

    Get out and vote for COAKLEY. She wil actually do real work and keep her oath of office to serve the People. Let's keep Ted Kennedy's seat filled with a real public servant who will continue to bring America back with jobs, healthcare, and bank regulations to stop their and the insurance company abuses of us.

    Use your vote wisely and for America and get out and strongly support Coakley!!!

    January 16, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  25. Dave, NE

    Bring it on.. Coakley should be defeated. We do not need such radical, socialists in politics. Barack will get a lesson from this. He has to shut his mouth and go to work. He has done nothing to our country. He is talking about rationing of health care. Go away.

    January 16, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
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