Washington (CNN) –- As the House was debating the controversial health care bill Sunday, Vicki Kennedy visited Arlington National Cemetery where she said she "spent some time" with her husband. Arlington is the final resting place for Sen. Edward Kennedy, the Massachusetts Democrat who made health care reform his passion and lifelong goal.
"I thought yesterday was an important day to be there, because I had hope and confidence and certainly, you know, wish that the bill would pass," she said in an exclusive interview with CNN's John King.
The full interview appears on CNN's new political program "John King, USA," which debuts Monday at 7 p.m. ET.
Vicki Kennedy talks with John King Monday about her late husband’s legacy and the passage of health care reform—a goal Sen. Edward Kennedy worked toward for nine terms in the U.S. Senate. (PHOTO CREDIT: CNN)
(CNN) – Vicki Kennedy, wife of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, sat down for an exclusive interview Monday with CNN's John King for the premiere edition of his new primetime show, "John King, USA."
The interview is Kennedy's first since Republican Scott Brown was elected to fill her husband's former seat in the Senate. Kennedy discussed her late husband's legacy and his signature issue of health care reform - less than 24 hours after sweeping health care legislation was passed by the House of Representatives.
Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts passed away in August. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1962 and was serving his ninth term. He called health care reform "the cause of my life."
"John King, USA" airs weeknights at 7 p.m. ET on CNN.