January 28th, 2008
01:15 PM ET
12 years ago

Kennedy endorses Obama: 'I feel change in the air'

Ted Kennedy formally endorsed Obama Monday.

Ted Kennedy formally endorsed Obama Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Edward Kennedy backed Sen. Barack Obama for president Monday, saying: "It is time again for a new generation of leadership."

"It is time now for Barack Obama," the Massachusetts senator and brother of the late President Kennedy added.

He stood with Obama, his son Rep. Patrick Kennedy and his niece, Caroline Kennedy before a screaming capacity crowd of students at American University in Washington, DC.

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  1. Margaret M.

    There was a time when Sen. Kennedy had a lot of political power. He is grasping for the power by endorsing Obama because he can minipulate a green upcoming polition like Obama. Hillary Clinton was more______s then these men . She will make up her own decesions and not be pushed around by Sen. Kennedy. I was a big fan of the Kennedys but do change. How dare they compare Obama to John F. Kennedy!

    January 29, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  2. JNRS, Cheyenne WY

    What many Democrats seem not to understand is that many of us Republicans pray that Hillary Clinton will receive the Democratic nomination, for two reasons. First, she is a weaker candidate in a national election. Her weakness has nothing to do with her gender, race, or position on the issues. She is weaker simply because she IS Hillary Clinton. The Right has been banging the anti-Clinton gong for so long that many many voters in this country will simply never be able to bring themselves to vote for her.

    Secondly, even if Clinton can win a national election (unlikely), this gives the Republicans an easy target to shift the blame for all of our Country’s woes. In another four years it will be an easy slamdunk for Republicans to remove her from office and retake control of both houses of Congress.

    Alternatively, Obama can and will cross the party lines in a national election. Many Republican voters are looking for change and will vote for Obama (whereas they will not vote for Clinton). And unlike Clinton, he will be a much harder target for the Republicans to pin the Country’s problems upon.

    And for those who are concerned about Obama’s supposed lack of experience, I would remind them of another presidential candidate from Illinois who like Obama was accused of lacking experience. Abraham Lincoln.

    January 29, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  3. Hubert St Clair

    Barack Obama is universal ,he can bring change that we are looking for. We need a new face in the white house to endorse America.

    January 30, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
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