(CNN) - Andy Card confirmed in a telephone interview with CNN late Friday he has decided not to run for the seat of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, and is encouraging state Sen. Scott Brown to run instead.
"I had done my due diligence and decided it was probably not in my best interest to run," said Card, former chief of staff in the Bush White House. "I'm disappointed but not unhappy."
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Rep. Edward Markey announced late Friday afternoon that he would not run for the open Senate seat in Massachusetts, opting instead to remain in the House.
"I have had the honor to serve the people of the Seventh Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives for 33 years, and am now the eighth most senior Democrat," Markey said in a prepared statement. "I believe that my leadership positions and seniority in the House allow me to accomplish more for my Congressional District and for Massachusetts. I have therefore decided not to become a candidate for the Senate."
Former Democratic Reps. Joseph Kennedy and Martin Meehan recently announced they would not seek the seat held by the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, Joseph Kennedy's uncle.
Two of Markey's fellow Democrats in the Massachusetts congressional delegation, Reps. Michael Capuano and Steven Lynch, have both taken preliminary steps to run for the seat.
Attorney Gen. Martha Coakley is the only Democrat to declare her candidacy for the seat that Edward Kennedy occupied for 47 years.
Full statement after the jump
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Democratic National Committee unanimously approved a resolution Friday honoring the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Massachusetts.
The resolution highlighted Kennedy's accomplishments over a nearly 50-year legislative career.
"Senator Kennedy leaves a legacy of dedication to improving the plight of ordinary Americans, the determination to empower the powerless and to end the scourge of discrimination based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or economic background," a section of the resolution reads.
Kennedy, who died August 25, 2009, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in May 2008.
(CNN) - Andrew Card, the former chief of staff to President Bush, said Wednesday he'll likely run for the vacant Massachusetts Senate seat that was held by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy for more than four decades.
Card, a Massachusetts native who served four terms as a state representative in the late 1970s and early 1980s, told reporters the chances of him running for the seat are "much better than 50 percent," according to the Boston Globe.
The comments came at a Republican state committee meeting Wednesday evening, during which Card said he had "a phenomenal desire" to run, but expressed concern his wife - a Methodist minister in Virginia - might have to leave her job as a result.
"I am not going to ask my wife to leave her church," he said.
The White House has released the text of the letter from the late Sen. Ted Kennedy that President Obama referenced in his address to Congress:
May 12, 2009
Dear Mr. President,
I wanted to write a few final words to you to express my gratitude for your repeated personal kindnesses to me – and one last time, to salute your leadership in giving our country back its future and its truth.
On a personal level, you and Michelle reached out to Vicki, to our family and me in so many different ways. You helped to make these difficult months a happy time in my life.
You also made it a time of hope for me and for our country.
When I thought of all the years, all the battles, and all the memories of my long public life, I felt confident in these closing days that while I will not be there when it happens, you will be the President who at long last signs into law the health care reform that is the great unfinished business of our society. For me, this cause stretched across decades; it has been disappointed, but never finally defeated. It was the cause of my life. And in the past year, the prospect of victory sustained me-and the work of achieving it summoned my energy and determination.
There will be struggles – there always have been – and they are already underway again. But as we moved forward in these months, I learned that you will not yield to calls to retreat – that you will stay with the cause until it is won. I saw your conviction that the time is now and witnessed your unwavering commitment and understanding that health care is a decisive issue for our future prosperity. But you have also reminded all of us that it concerns more than material things; that what we face is above all a moral issue; that at stake are not just the details of policy, but fundamental principles of social justice and the character of our country.
During his address before Congress Wednesday, the president share a letter he received from the late Sen. Ted Kennedy. (Photo Credit: Pete Souza/Official White House photo distributed via Flickr.com)
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama invoked the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy on Wednesday, citing a letter in which the senator said that health-care reform "is above all a moral issue."
"'At stake are not just the details of policy, but fundamental principles of social justice and the character of our country,'" the president said, quoting the letter which Kennedy had written in May and asked to be delivered after his death.
"I've thought about that phrase quite a bit in recent days - the character of our country," Obama said to a joint session of Congress. "One of the unique and wonderful things about America has always been our self-reliance, our rugged individualism, our fierce defense of freedom and our healthy skepticism of government."
Kennedy recognized, however, that with all of the drive of Americans to stand strong, there comes a time when government must step in to help, Obama said.
"When fortune turns against one of us, others are there to lend a helping hand," the president said, citing "a belief that in this country, hard work and responsibility should be rewarded by some measure of security and fair play; and an acknowledgment that sometimes government has to step in to help deliver on that promise."
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sen. Tom Harkin will replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy as chairman of the important Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced the news Wednesday afternoon while speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill. Harkin is a Democrat from Iowa.
There was speculation that Sen. Chris Dodd would replace Kennedy as chairman of the committee. Dodd, a Democrat from Connecticut, had been steering the panel this year, as Kennedy battled brain cancer. Kennedy died two weeks ago.
The HELP committee is one of two Senate panels that worked on health care reform legislation.
The HELP committee, with Dodd filling in for Kennedy, passed a health care bill earlier this summer. The Senate Finance Committee continues to work towards a possible bipartisan bill.
(CNN) - Massachusetts Rep. Michael Capuano is taking the initial steps to run for the vacant Senate seat long held by Ted Kennedy - making him the third Democrat likely to jump into the closely-watched race.
In a statement released Tuesday, Capuano said he has obtained the necessary paperwork to run for the seat because his positions most "closely mirror" those of the late Massachusetts senator.
"I believe that the voters of Massachusetts want to continue the progressive ideals that Senator Ted Kennedy fought for during his decades of service," Capuano said. "No other candidate being mentioned or already announced more closely mirrors Ted Kennedy's positions on important issues of war and peace."
The move comes nearly a week after state Attorney Gen. Martha Coakley formally announced her Senate bid. Massachusetts Rep. Stephen Lynch also appears poised to enter the race, obtaining nomination papers Friday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Senate will honor the late Ted Kennedy with a moment of silence shortly after 2 pm. A resolution in his honor is also expected to be adopted at the end of the day.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - When former Boston Red Sox ace Curt Schilling started making noise last week about pursuing Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat, he said he had been contacted by several people about running - but he declined to say by whom.
It turns out one of those people was John McCain.
McCain’s spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan told CNN Tuesday that the former GOP presidential nominee – a friend of Kennedy’s – spoke to Schilling last week and encouraged him to seek the office.
McCain initiated the conversation.
Schilling endorsed McCain early in the presidential process in 2007 and campaigned for the Arizona senator in New Hampshire during the presidential race. He also campaigned with George W. Bush in 2004, the same year he helped the Red Sox win their first World Series since 1918.