August 25th, 2008
09:00 AM ET
13 years ago

Kennedy expected to make dramatic appearance at DNC

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. Edward Kennedy and his wife, Victoria, depart from the Capitol last month"]DENVER, Colorado (CNN) – Sen. Edward Kennedy is in Denver for the opening night of the Democratic National Convention, preparing to make only his second public appearance since brain surgery earlier this year.

The official program calls for a videotaped message from Kennedy as part of a tribute to him, but a Democratic source close to the senator's family said Sunday night that the 76-year-old liberal icon "is itching to go and pushing back" at those who say it is too risky a trip to make.

"He's truly humbled by the outpouring of support, and wouldn't miss it for anything in the world," Kennedy's office told CNN.

Watch: Sen. Ted Kennedy returns to the Senate

The Massachusetts Democrat had surgery June 2 for a brain tumor.

With the exception of one dramatic return to the Capitol for a crucial vote, he has been out of the public eye recuperating.

Because of the earlier belief that he would not be up for the trip to Denver, Kennedy videotaped a message that - according to the program - is scheduled to be played in the convention hall Monday night.

Kennedy endorsed Obama over Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York during the Democratic primary season. Other members of the Kennedy clan followed suit. He was an active surrogate for Obama until suffering a seizure that led to the discovery of his brain cancer.

soundoff (165 Responses)
  1. beverly

    Diane, seems like you go with the flow no matter what the outcome. I would never support OBama, he doesn't know what he is doing. Can't you see that. He flip flops on everything. I can't trust him. Think about this; His advisors would be Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.

    August 25, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  2. S Ram

    I don't understand the logic of nominating for VP a person who said Obama is articulate and clean in spite of being an African American. I wonder what else he will be saying now.

    August 25, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. Chrissy, Texas

    Who cares! He's nothing but a big hypocrite like just like all the other politicians when they turned their backs on Hillary.

    EX Democrat voting for McCain 08'

    August 25, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  4. BK

    Good Luck Ted! Sorry ,but we are going to have to vote McCain. He is more of a moderate. Obama has no experience and is too far left. That may change because Obama goes the way the wind blows. We do not trust the rock star Obama to run this country.

    August 25, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  5. Paula from Canada please post !!

    I have been praying for Teddy and hoping he could make the convention.
    The Democratic party and cause was this mans life!!
    How sad he must be to see all the infighting and Clinton supporters trying to ruin everything.
    I can tell you when he goes on stage this Ted Kennedy lover will be in tears..he is a great warrior and prayers go to him. We love you Teddy.

    August 25, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  6. Phil in KC

    And I wouldn't miss seeing this for anything in the world. It is sure to be an emotional moment.

    August 25, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  7. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    "People who call themselves Democrats and would actually vote for McCain/Bush are really NOT true Democrats." You're right Dianne. They are true Americans to pick the better candidate regardless of party.

    August 25, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  8. Tom , Flagstaff, AZ

    Ted Kennedy is a great American. I love the man.

    August 25, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  9. In order to unite the party

    we need to move on.

    OBAMA-BIDEN '08!

    Thank you for your support, Senator Kennedy, and God bless you.

    August 25, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  10. Michelle

    Why are my comments being censored? Freedom of speech, anyone?

    August 25, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  11. Bob, NY

    I hear Paris is going to accompany him for an Energy speech..

    August 25, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  12. Jim Warner

    I am a Democrat and even I am embarrased of Kennedy.

    Kennedy ran against a sitting Democratic president (Carter) and insisted on a roll call vote although he knew he had only 1/4 of President Carter's delegates. Kennedy damaged Carter so much that he had no chance against Reagan.

    Ted Kennedy is not a true Democrat, he is a Kennedy first and a Democrat second. Ted needs to go home and wait.

    August 25, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  13. Obamacan

    To all Hillary supporters - Just go ahead and vote for McSame. I just hope that after you do, you won't feel like I feel now for voting for Bush in the last two presidential elections.

    August 25, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  14. Down with Obama

    We are way beyond Kennedy...this mess is one he helped to create!!!!

    August 25, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  15. Cilla

    Sen Kennedy's rude remarks about Hillary not being of the caliber to run on Obama's ticket is one of my problems with this whole election. These rich, eletist sentors drafted Obama to keep Hillary from winning as much as anything else. He obviously is not ready to lead. We are NOT voting for McCain out of spite, but simply because he is the better choice of the two.

    August 25, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
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