February 6th, 2008
06:15 PM ET
13 years ago

Clinton, Kennedy and Obama meet on the Senate floor

(CNN) - CNN's Ted Barrett reports that on the Senate floor just minutes ago, Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, who has endorsed Sen. Barack Obama, approached Sen. Hillary Clinton during the vote on the economic stimulus package. He shook her hand and said something that caused her to laugh loudly - it seemed to be about her success in Massachusetts last night. Obama, standing two feet away talking to Sen. Tim Johnson, turned.

After a few more comments that couldn't be overheard from the press gallery directly above them, Clinton laughed again and said to Obama. "I had a big sigh of relief when he [Kennedy] endorsed you." Everyone laughed, a little awkwardly. Sen. John Kerry, who has also endorsed Obama, took the Illinois senator by the elbow and walked away with him.

soundoff (176 Responses)
  1. margie

    Way to go Hillary. You showed the old boys club just how strong you are. Endorsements and all the media negativity about you proved to be useless and made good thinking Americans take a good look at you and then they voted for you. Keep up the good work.
    Hillary 08.

    February 6, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  2. Ron

    Kennedy endorsing Obama was the best thing that Happened to Clinton. How can Obama say he's a candidate for CHANGE? When he is endorse by people like Kennedy, John Kerry and the Governor? Way to go Hilary. You have shown that you are a candidate with experience and about the people and not just about change and great speaches!!!!!!!!

    February 6, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  3. JCL

    Paris Hilton then walked onto the senate floor and endorsed Pat Buchanan...

    February 6, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  4. RICK

    The kiss of death for Obama will be from his support from Kerry and Kennedy.
    I heard Kerry on TV today and he was in the standard position of defending what he thinks is right and everyone else thinks is wrong.

    February 6, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  5. rachel

    tabloid journalism at its best.

    February 6, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  6. Janet

    "I had a big sigh of relief when he [Kennedy] endorsed you." Everyone laughed, a little awkwardly.

    That was a weird thing to say.

    February 6, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  7. Susheela Muralidhar

    Senator Clinton is cool!!!
    In spite of all big endorsements of Kennedys, Shriver, Oprah, Kerry and media bashing, she laughs it off...

    February 6, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  8. John Smith,N.Y

    Kerry a weak man. Obama better not to take advice from him

    February 6, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  9. Marie

    Obama, Kennedy and Kerry can contiue to hug and play buds while Hillary is out winning real voters. We saw it last night. Congratulations to Hillary who DOES have the momentum.

    February 6, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  10. Dylan, San Fran

    Before everyone gets all crazy, this was just a bad joke on Clinton's part.
    No need to read into any further than that.

    We all know she would've loved that endorsement. However, they do work together so they have to be civil.

    February 6, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  11. James springfield mo

    He is showing his true colers

    February 6, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  12. Isabella

    That's right Hillary-that Kennedy endorsement hurt Obama-not helped him. Just like all you Hillary haters-guess what-there are more Kennedy haters.

    You go girl!!!

    February 6, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  13. Kati M

    She's smart to not want Ted's endorsement. He is a killer that never served time for his actions. He's a coward and has lived in JFK's shadow for most of his political career. If Obama were seeking the change he claims, he would ditch Ted Kennedy and show the world he has morals!

    February 6, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  14. Edward Morales

    They must be one ticket.

    They are both fantastic cadidates, the both can bring change to our beloved country!
    Remember what we do today will be for our kids. we have to think in the future!

    I will bote for them. Only if the are together!

    February 6, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  15. Ryan

    This actually sounds kind of tense. I just get a bad vibe about this whole encounter. Hillary sounds a little tense.

    February 6, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  16. sean c

    OMG. With venom like that, I just can't see her getting anything done. Who is going to work with her ?

    February 6, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  17. hkitty

    Hillary supporters donate, donate, donate!!
    By the way, so now Kerry also snubs her! What ungracious men.

    February 6, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  18. John

    The Kennedy's have always been about youth. That being said, it is no surprise that the aging establishment of the Kennedy's is riding the coattails of Barack Obama.

    February 6, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  19. pd

    Hillary supporters get 3 people to donate what they can to her campaign and have them get 3 more.

    February 6, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  20. j.r.

    Obama wants to change washington, to bad he has the biggest washington insiders backing him....wow, what a change, he has no experience, so who will be running the white house???? Kennedy and Kerry, after all, they lost their races and never had the chance to run it, they will now....RUN HILLARY RUN

    February 6, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  21. Ray

    Well, after last night I'm afraid Obama may become the nominee. It will be the first time I switch and vote R since Nixon. This country is in too bad of shape for a rookie to be taking over the reins...

    February 6, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  22. An Agnostic Democrat

    Did she ask for any campaign contributions? I'd be laughing too if I only beat my competitor by 17% of the vote in my home state of New York but was trounced on his home turf. Wow, Hillary, big psychological victory (read: spin) in an area that you should have won handily up and down the coast and didn't!

    I think you need to spend more time in the senate delivering to your constituents so they vote for you in bigger numbers next time around. Looks like they realized they've been played for small.

    February 6, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |

    "I had a big sigh of relief when he [Kennedy] endorsed you."


    February 6, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  24. F. Guerrero

    Great that the candidates still have a sense of humor in the betwixt of the fight. However, i agred with others the Kennedy and Kerry supppport will cost Obama a lot.

    February 6, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  25. Thomas

    I don't understand why Hillary keeps mentioning of universal heath care. She was in charge of healthcare during her husband's Bill's administration and failed in that direction for 8 years. How many years again does she need to tell us lies just to win and to solve healthcare issues in this country?

    February 6, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
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