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. The observer

    So that was the reason Bill was so upset when Ted endorsed Barack..you guys make alot of sense.

    Oh and by the way just got an email from the Obama campaign looks like we have raised over $3 million today, trying to get $5 million before the end of the day.

    February 6, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  2. Tina


    I totally agree. That's why all the old timers want him. They figure he can be controled. They know they can not control Hillary.

    February 6, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  3. Jeff, Miami, Fl


    February 6, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  4. Christiaan, Norman, OK

    This reads like a report on school-yard gossip about who's talking to who, who's in and who's out...ridiculous.

    February 6, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  5. Jayhawk34

    Remember when BOTH candidates wanted Kennedy's endorsement anyone? So realize when you look down upon it, that the endorsement easily could've went the other way.

    February 6, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  6. JBH

    John Kerry took Obama's elbow and dragged him away like a child.

    Another reason why I'm supporting Hillary Clinton-she is a born leader!

    February 6, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  7. LeeAnn N. Taylor, San Francisco, Ca

    Please donate to the Hillary campaign...$5, %10, whatever. I gave $50 today.

    Hillary '08!

    February 6, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  8. RW

    So much for that Kennedy endorsement making a difference.

    Go Hillary!!!

    February 6, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  9. Bob from Jersey

    No one ever states what experience Hillary has beside a first lady and senator.
    There isn't anything, but light, cameras, and an OZ set. One day the crying game. The next with Bill puppet. Looking at the posts above, some people buy into the fact that she is someone we should hold near and dear. Thanks for sipping the koolaid. Many sight Obama as having no experience or voting present. If you do not support a bill why vote yes? Even if you wrote it, to bad he can think on his own two feet. His experience is more than Clinton as he does this whole thing on his own. He had no president spouse to get him to be recognized as a Senator. She did. She is nothing without her counterpart. Wake up. Are you voting for someone who has recieved treatment on the grounds of being a spouse or an individual who made it on his own?

    February 6, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  10. Kevin

    Wow. What are you doing Hillary? First Bill snubs Teddy and now you? Are you forgetting the many vacations you went on thanks to Teddy? Are you forgetting how you and Teddy campaigned together for years? Are you forgetting how much time you two spent together? Are you forgetting how Teddy championed human rights and civil liberties throughout his entire tenure? Are you forgetting that Teddy lowered to voting age to 18?!?

    Where hath your convictions gone?

    February 6, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  11. Vivian

    Kennedy and Kerry are the puppet masters of Obama. If you vote for Obama you're voting for Kennedy & Kerry. Some much for change – Obama's not as experienced as he'd like to claim. Never liked "Uncle Teddy" and the elitist he is. He's gotten away with murder and now thinks he can get away with manipulating Obama.

    Obama if you were smart you need Hillary more than she needs you. She has the experience and know how to get the tough job of fixing our economy and make "real" change happen. You don't.

    I loved the Clinton years – we were loved internationally, we had lots of jobs & income was growing. We flourished as a country – or did everyone forget so quickly? I didn't and I want this again.

    Hillary '08

    February 6, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  12. Bip

    Who cares about Kennedy and Kerry's endorsement? Kerry "won 2004 election before he lost it" – a bonafied loser. Uncle Teddy just betrayed Hillary. Hillary does not need endorsement from any loser and or any uncle. As long as Bill is there, she will be the next president of USA.

    February 6, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  13. chika

    Well, Sen. Clinton's candidacy is not legitimate. It is in violation of the 22nd Amendment of the constitution. She has served by way of her husband Bill Clinton the two term limit. She has already enjoyed all the same power and influence that her husband did during his term as he has admitted her role in the White House. she benefited from the income and all aspect of presidential privilege by way of marriage. She has shared income (presidential) and cannot not receive the same privileges again since the two terms have been used for Mr. and Mrs. Clinton. Bill Clinton cannot legally have access to all privileges afforded the presidency–income will again be shared by commmunity property laws of marriage. We cannot allow politicians to run over our Constitution. Wake Up People!!

    February 6, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  14. kathleen

    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

    VOTE FOR HILLARY ...especially when she starts that crying again...people don't see this side of her

    February 6, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  15. duke

    and, btw, some of the things written here exempliofy "childishness" and childish ways! so give me a break! just ain't no fixin' stupid!

    February 6, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  16. Boogie

    Notice in Barack's press conference he's TERRIFIED to let go of his "Underdog" status...but, then claims victory and the lead???

    We all know darn well why!

    Once he becomes front runner...then HE gets the knives thrown at him...he's not good with the press conference routine...he's not great in debates...he's all speaker.
    That all stops after the vote...Once the balloons pop and the crowds leave...it's time to work with the wolves...he's not ready....you can already see it.

    He likes being the underdog because it helps convince the kids to fight for something.
    But, he has more money...more endorsements and more delegates....TIME TO PLAY LIKE A LEADER...WE DON'T WANT AN WUSS TO BE OUR PRESIDENT!!

    February 6, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  17. Carol

    The Clintons have been chasing after the Kennedys their entire political lives. Remember Bill's campaign showing him as a teenager shaking hands with JFK? Boating trips with the Kennedys off of Cape Cod?

    February 6, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  18. Telissa Martinez

    Did Hillary get on her broom stick and fly into the night? I'm a converted Republican for Obama. I’m also Hispanic, and a woman. I believe in Obama’s message of unity. He inspires myself and my entire family (including two children who are dying to vote, but are 13 and 11). I'm in my mid thirties, and have only had the opportunity to vote two families into the white house. We live in a democracy. Right? Not a monarchy. Does Hillary really wonder why Republicans have such a hard time warming up to her polarizing personality?

    February 6, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  19. Amy R

    Kerry walked Obama away so that they could avoid talking to Her Nastiness after her mean spirited comment.

    February 6, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  20. NC

    That statement was petty and rude. Don't get too full of yourself Hillary. Some of these statements are just as petty, one of these people are going to be our nominee, so let's at least acknowledge that they are both well educated, outstanding candidates, and remember either one of them can beat the snot out of McCain!!

    Democrats '08

    February 6, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  21. A.D. Faried

    $ 3million and counting raised in one day
    Twice as many states won
    Ahead in pledged delegate counts
    Closing the gap in superdelegates
    On par to raise $30 million in February

    ....laugh all you want...things are looking Obama's way

    February 6, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  22. Mary

    K&K couldn't sell BO to MA voters. That says a lot. I don't believe I supported loser K in 04. BO is better off away from those two.

    February 6, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  23. kwame


    February 6, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  24. Matt G

    Europe may want Hilary, but what about the Middle-East? Can you imagine what the royal Saudi's will be thinking while she's sternly addressing them about oil prices? How about the creep in Iran for that matter? Our arab allies and enemies hate that women have power in this country. We become more of an infidel to the extremists if she is elected.
    Now plug Senator Obama into that picture. He has ancestral ties to Iran – an immediate foot-in-the-door for diplomacy's sake. The Saudi's won't like either candidate too much because they aren't a George, nor tied to them, but I still like Senator Obama's chances to be welcomed with open arms more than Sen Clinton.
    I apologize if this sounds sexist; meant to be more like the awful truth or the devil's advocate.

    February 6, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  25. Miguel-Chicago

    You Hillary supporters are morons...get over yourselves!


    February 6, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
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