November 29th, 2007
10:38 AM ET
10 years ago

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. endorses Hillary Clinton

The environmental activist is endorsing Clinton's presidential bid.

(CNN) - At different points during the presidential race, both Sen. Barack Obama and former Sen. John Edwards have alternately drawn comparisons to Robert F. Kennedy.

Kennedy's relative youth and optimism, as well his crusade against poverty and opposition to the war in Vietnam, all made for fitting comparisons to those two Democrats.

But one of Kennedy's sons, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., is today endorsing Sen. Hillary Clinton - who happens to hold the same elected office once occupied by his father.

"I watched proudly as Hillary won over New Yorkers across the state in her race for the Senate seat my father once held," Kennedy said in a statement. "Since then, she's been reelected in a landslide victory and proven that she is ready to lead this nation from her first day in office. Hillary will inspire the real change America needs."

He added that Clinton had the "strength and experience" to end the war in Iraq and address the impact of global warming.

Kennedy, an attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper and president of Waterkeeper Alliance, is perhaps best known for his environmental activism.

Kennedy stirred controversy last year with a lengthy Rolling Stone article suggesting that the 2004 election was stolen in Ohio, claiming that "the president of the United States was selected not by the uncontested will of the people, but under a cloud of dirty tricks."

UPDATE: Kennedy’s decision to campaign for Clinton in the Hawkeye State may dredge up some inconvenient reminders of comments he’s made on earlier visits, the New York Times points out. Five years ago, according to reports at the time in the Des Moines Register and the New York Post, the environmental activist told an Iowa audience that “large-scale hog producers are a greater threat to the United States and U.S. democracy than Osama bin Laden and his terrorist network.”

- CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. Andy, Evansville, IN

    One sleazy family endorsing another. Where's the news?

    November 29, 2007 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. Bob, SI, NY

    So you have Obama stating that he wonders what Madeline Albright thinks about Hillary's statement that she was a face of US foreign policy in the 1990s and Albright supports that view. Now you have RFK Jr. endorsing Hillary and he sure would not have done so if he had though Obama or Edwards had the legacy of his father who they quote on the trail. I just hope they keep naming names so that Hillary can keep picking up support and endorsements from the people they name.

    November 29, 2007 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  3. R

    Does anyone know why his voice sounds like that?

    November 29, 2007 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  4. Surrealist, Fort Myers, Fl one listened about the questionable ethics issues in Ohio. The truth is in the pudding though–does anyone think a Republican will take Ohio in the next Presidential election? Not any of the contenders currently on stage–and especially not Guliani. Thanks RFK.

    November 29, 2007 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  5. anon New York, NY

    When Robert F. Kennedy ran a winning campaign in 1968, he had only served in the Senate since being elected in 1964.

    That's exactly the same amount of Senatorial experience that Hillaryland claims is not enough for Barack Obama.

    November 29, 2007 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  6. Lukas Hassel, New York, NY

    Hillary will make an amazing president, endorsements or not.

    November 29, 2007 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  7. C. K. Justus

    If any family has known pain it is the Kennedy family. They had two of the best people to speak for this country murdered and for what.
    Most of the family has dedicated their lives to helping the underprivileged and those without a voice.
    I admire all the Kennedy's and wish them well.

    November 29, 2007 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  8. Chris, Middletown, CT

    What happened to "ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country" – Hillary is running on the Saul Alinsky Marxist movement of "ask what the country can do for you" – what a sad state of affairs where there would be anyone who backs this Marxist..

    November 29, 2007 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  9. Jim in Orlando, FL

    One more clown joins the smoke-and-mirrors carnival. The Kennedy's are a living example of how the dynamics of one generation often do not flow to their offspring, and that even amongst siblings, one's plate is often intellectually empty while the next full.

    November 29, 2007 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  10. Jason, Seattle, WA

    Thats Great!!! Didn't Hillary Clinton vote for the patriot act and the Iraq War?

    November 29, 2007 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  11. Ginny, Discovery Bay, Ca

    Finally! A classy endorsemant for a classy, qualified candidate.

    November 29, 2007 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  12. Tom, AlBUQUERQUE, NM

    This is indeed an important endorsement and should bode well for Senator Clinton. Robert Kennedy is right in his analysis of Clinton's ability to win over doubtful voters and to win against the conventional wisdom of naysayers. Mrs Clinton will continue to win the hearts and minds of the American public .

    November 29, 2007 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  13. xtina chicago IL

    Yes, but will she have the "Strength and experience " to say Congress already wastes billions on special interest projects, so we shouldn't raise taxes, just re-direct those billions.

    November 29, 2007 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  14. Surrealist, Fort Myers, Florida

    Jason in Seattle said: "Thats Great!!! Didn't Hillary Clinton vote for the patriot act and the Iraq War?"

    Jason. You are correct. What is not correct is that the most recent Patriot Accent voted on was tied to certain other very important budget initiatives which needed funding (remember the only tool left in Bush's tool box is the Veto). And while she did vote to allow the President authority to invade Iraq–the information that congress and the American people showed that Iraq was aggressively pursuing chemical weapons, trying to acquire "yellow cake" uranium from Africa–and had ties with Al Qaida in an attempt to use them against America. Get a grip. At least she took a stand to protect America–not sit on the fence like Obama and so many other Senators when it appeared our safety/security was a stake. She has the intestinal fortitude to make tough judgements–unlike ALL of her rivals.

    November 29, 2007 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  15. Walt, Belton, TX

    This would have had some significance forty years ago. Now, after putting up with all the spoiled remnants all these years, its' just another "who cares".

    November 29, 2007 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  16. me, ny,ny

    All of his quote sound like the same garbage one-liners the hill-camp spits out. I wonder if his quotes were planted too.

    November 29, 2007 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  17. Anonymous - San Antonio - Texas

    People (Obama's dreamers) still don't get it. The truth hurts. But everyone knows Obama just isn't the guy. Say all the spiteful things you wanta say – doesn't matter. Thank you Mr. Kennedy for endorsing the right candidate.

    November 29, 2007 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  18. Bea, Hoboken, NJ

    Great endorsement!!!!!!

    It beats any celebrity endorsement any day of the week!!!

    Now, if only his uncle Teddy would follow suit.......

    November 29, 2007 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  19. CGB Lincoln Park, Michigan

    Excellent that Robert Kennedy Jr would endorse Hillary. Think about it. Both of them are from New York.

    Kennedy has one of the most respected radio shows on (Ring of Fire on Air America radio).

    Those who are negative about this, can only be Republicans. How sad for you.

    November 29, 2007 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  20. zack,lincoln,ne

    To Andy in IN you are not a true American the Kennedys are the best and im glad Robert is saporting Hillary!

    November 29, 2007 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  21. Megha, San Antonio, TX

    To Obama supporters,
    I am a Hillary supporter and I like Obama but he just needs to wait 8 years and I will vote for him then. For now Hillary is the one and the only one. Please wake up. Join forces so we can get a democrat in the White House.
    HILLARY 08

    November 29, 2007 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  22. Diamond, Bradenton, FL

    Crying baby girl touts another endorsement from another politician.

    Whenever she's losing from Real Americans, she touts an endorsement from another politician.

    Who cares? She's un-electable and a drag to the party. Retire! old suit!

    November 29, 2007 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  23. jacob,charles,s.c

    I wonder if he will be on the ticker if he did not endorse Clinton.....

    November 29, 2007 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  24. AB

    "When Robert F. Kennedy ran a winning campaign in 1968, he had only served in the Senate since being elected in 1964.

    That's exactly the same amount of Senatorial experience that Hillaryland claims is not enough for Barack Obama.'

    You are wrong on this. Obama doesn't have experince or record. He doesn't demontrate any leadership. He is a wind searching. You should re-read his voting records, the time he vote, the time he didn't vote, and the reason. Th Iraq war and Iran position. Please, he is not what people think he is. America, please do not vote because he is charming, do not vote because he makes sound speech. See what we got , Bush. Don't you agree we need more than that ? We are talking about America.

    November 29, 2007 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  25. Robert, Vivian, La

    Who cares who the son of Robert Kennedy endorses?

    But if the endorsements of children of deceased politicians are important, then why didn't Barry Goldwater Jr's endorsement of Ron Paul make the ticker?
    Care to answer that Clinton News Network?

    November 29, 2007 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
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