February 2nd, 2008
07:07 PM ET
13 years ago

Ethel Kennedy backs Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/02/02/art.ethel.kennedy.ap.jpg caption="In a statement, Ethel Kennedy compares Obama to her late husband."](CNN) - Ethel Kennedy, widow of Robert F. Kennedy, became the latest member of the high-profile clan to weigh in on the presidential race Saturday, announcing her support for Democrat Barack Obama.

In a statement released by the campaign, she compared Obama to her late husband. “Over these past few years, I’ve watched Sen. Obama inspire Americans from all walks of life to believe in real change and a new sense of hope and possibility. He’s a magnetic force, drawing the nation together for the common good and galvanizing us all to help shape our country’s future.

“Barack is so like Bobby, who struggled for the rights of the poor in the Mississippi Delta and Appalachia, traveled to California to stand in solidarity with Cesar Chavez and farm workers, and fought to end another war that cost so many lives.

“Today, we crave a leader with vision who can help us regain our lost humanity and rekindle our inherent generosity. With courage, caring, and charisma, Senator Obama is leading us toward a kinder, gentler world."

Obama said he was "humbled" to learn of Ethel Kennedy's decision.

This presidential campaign cycle has seen a split in the Kennedy family, many of whom generally avoid weighing in on political contests. Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy and former First Daughter Caroline Kennedy all endorsed Obama at a campaign rally earlier this week, and are actively stumping for the Illinois senator. Ethel Kennedy's children Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend have both publicly backed Hillary Clinton.

–CNN's Suzanne Malveaux and Matt Hoye contributed to this report

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. Tony

    To many endorsements and no substance in his message; that is the Obama Campaign in a nutshell. The Voters are not stupid. A clear message and experience not endorsements will determine the nominee.

    February 3, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  2. Janet

    Bill was, notice I said was a great president, however its time for someone new to have a chance to run the country. Hillary needs to spend her time being a better wife. How can she run a country when she can't even control her husband. Its time for CHANGE

    February 3, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  3. Murry

    Thank you, Ethel! You are awesome! We love you!
    I'm a woman and I voted for Obama

    February 3, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  4. AJ

    It's too bad the the Kennedys cant just disappear. They are a disgrace to America. And what exactly has Ethel Kennedy ever done for America? NOTHING like the rest of this do nothing family. What a disgrace to Bobby's name.

    February 4, 2008 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  5. George Wu, A.I.A.

    But Janet, Hillary did not want a man and will not want one. She only wants to go to the White House!
    If I spoke my mind openly all the way, my comment will not be posted!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 4, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  6. david , atlanta

    Has anyone stopped to wonder what the Kennedys stand to gain by having an Obama whitehouse. Considering the man is supposedly against the status quo, he keeps being seen with the most entrenched Washington insiders.

    February 4, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Kennedys supporting Obama... does this sound change to you? This is sounds like "I am rubbing you back now" and "you later you do for me"...
    Wake up people... do your homework... check the records... is public... this is not a ms/mr congeniality election... who is more likeable? Al Gore was boring... bla bla bla... and our country is now is this situation because most of the people wants a liakeable candidate... We have serious issues in this country to be resolved... When I choose a Surgeon ,I choose based on experience ... I do not care if he/she is likeable enough....

    February 5, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
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