February 20th, 2009
04:15 PM ET
11 years ago

Kennedy’s wife makes fundraising appeal

Victoria Kennedy is out with a fundraising letter.

Victoria Kennedy is out with a fundraising letter.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sen. Edward Kennedy’s wife asked supporters Friday to contribute to his political action committee – a donation she claims would help the Massachusetts Democrat in his quest to establish health care for “all Americans.”

Universal health care is a signature issue for Kennedy, who is battling brain cancer and on Monday will turn 77.

“He believes that every American has the right to decent, quality, affordable health care, and fighting for that right is the cause of his life,” Victoria Reggie Kennedy writes in the e-mail sent by her husband’s Committee for a Democratic Majority.

She does not mention the senator’s struggle with cancer, but notes that “Messages of support from friends like you - combined with the spirit of hope and possibility in Washington - energize and inspire him.”

Victoria Reggie Kennedy also asks supporters to sign and write a note to the senator on an electronic birthday card.

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soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Hampton Roads, VA

    I vigorously support Sen. Kennedy and his PAC will be receiving my check next week.

    February 20, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. Ken

    With all the money that Kennedy has, he should pay his own way! Better yet, he should retire!

    I always hear that the elected officials really want to change the world and it is not about the money, I would like to see how many would still be there if they had to pay their own way?

    I am getting fed up with ALL of the elected officials for only thinking of themselves and not the American citizens!

    February 20, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. Michael

    Even as Sen. Kennedy's own health fails, he is still championing the cause of decent health care for his fellow Americans; what a man; what a legacy.
    What a shame that any would oppose universal health care in this great and wealthy nation, alone among all civilized countries in failing to provide such care for its citizens.

    February 20, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  4. DB

    Just signed card and left note for the great senator! No one has fought harder for health care for all Americans than Ted Kennedy.

    February 20, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  5. Brian NH

    It's strange I am an 18 year old republican and i have left multiple comments today only multiple stories and CNN keeps deleting them I guess this is why I watch Foxnews!!! And please no more Kennedys in Washington. You have the same problem with your comments call CNN at 404-827-2600

    February 20, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  6. Gene

    I completely agree with Ted Kennedy. People always argue the fact that by socializing medicine, we will be reducing the quality of care. That actually makes sense... except when you see it in practice. The quality of medical care in the US is amongst the lowest of civilized nations. The amount of treatments being denied by insurance companies FAR outweighs the supposedly lower quality of care. People in other countries aren't going bankrupt because they need a medical procedure... and they don't refuse to go to a doctor because they can't afford it.

    Those in Canada and other countries around the world with socialized health care are much happier with their health care than most of the population here. We criticize it because we're afraid of change. When you see it in action and it's working.. you have a totally different view on it.

    February 20, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. BURNS



    February 20, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. New Yorker

    Great, coming from someone who is one of the wealthiest people in the Northeast. Get serious; donate your own money; whoops, that would be our money seeing that taxpayers pay his salary. Okay, so you want us to pay his salary and then donate MORE???

    February 20, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  9. Voter


    First of all, Ted Kennedy has more money than God.

    Second, Ted Kennedy is very ill. He's not "campaigning" for much of anything these days. What would happen to the money that might be collected here?

    As for his wife du jour, she might do better raising money for a REAL charity instead of the Kennedys.

    February 20, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  10. jimbo

    Ah Kennedy don't cha know you can't take it with you.
    on your death bed and still taking money from the stupid

    February 20, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  11. Once you vote Black

    Happy Birthday Ted Kennedy! Feb 22 is for you. Get well soon.

    February 20, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  12. mm

    why doesn't he simply quit. he had his chance of trying to get universal health care and has failed till date. what is the guarantee that he will succeed in the next four year? or is it just a ruse to get elected again?

    February 20, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  13. EBC

    Count me in. I will gladly donate.

    February 20, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  14. Frank Callahan

    Please use Sen Kennedy as an example of why NOT to have mandated health care. After all, he has had the best of health care all of his life and he is still very ill now. Doctors can do only so much, so why bother with them for every little thing?

    February 20, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  15. EC

    YOU ALL ARE MISSING THE POINT. This committee is NOT to cover Sen. Kennedy's personal health care you fumbling fools. WHY on earth would you attack his personal wealth and equate it to his trying to improve on healthcare for everyone else.

    What a bunch of morons in this blog!!!

    February 20, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  16. LIP

    Great Britain has socialized health care and you rarely hear them blowing their horn over its attributes. Of course the Queen looks healthy, but then she has food on her plate all the time and the Brits, well they eat what they can afford after paying taxes through the nose for that very special health care they get. Be careful what you wish for, you just may get it and then you will have to deal with it forever.

    February 20, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  17. southerncousin

    Another, actually the best case I ever heard for mandatory term limits. What a phony jerk, he has done so much harm to this country.

    February 20, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  18. LIP

    I forgot to ask...is that his daughter or grandaughter hanging on to his elbow? She looks just like him, except for the hair color.

    February 20, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  19. Alfred E. Neumann

    With one foot in the grave I wonder if Edward Kennedy can now hear the voice of Mary Jo?

    Kennedy is one of the biggest health care sleazes in the Senate and that is saying quite a bit.

    Time after time they do nothing to improve the healthcare in this country save for a few self serving sound bites on Meet The Press.

    February 20, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  20. bsmith171

    where is his CATHOLIC wife, joan?

    where is his girlfriend MARY JO?
    this guy can't die, judgment day for him will be hell!

    February 20, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  21. mike

    I wouldn't walk across the street to see that murderer. Yeah, he thinks we all forget about poor Mary Jo. Not for a minute. Go back to Mass, you make us sick.

    February 20, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  22. Gene are you nuts

    Checkout the latest story on NPR about a lady in Aus who was refused ( only allowed 3 of 17 treatments). And that if she paid it on her own they would disallow all her other exspenses.

    DO read at all Gene? Or do you honestly think people come to America for treatment because it is among the lowest in "civilized nations"?

    Candians Brits Aussie's

    Any man who is under 30 and is not a Liberal has no heart; and any man who is over 30 and not a Conservative has no brains. – Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

    February 20, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  23. No Vaseline

    who cares?

    February 20, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  24. PhilB

    Ted Kennedy buried two brothers who died in the service of this country – one in war, one as Commander in Chief. He buried a third brother who was campaigning for President and served this country as Attorney General. Ted Kennedy's money did not come from taxpayers – it was earned fair and square.

    So he wants people who can't afford health care to be able to see a doctor? Can we, for once, set aside the sound bites and the incredible hatred (which I don't understand) and at least debate his stand on the content of what he proposes? Either his idea is good, or its bad, but a family that had once son shot down by Nazis, a second gunned down by a madman, and a third gunned down by a Muslim extremist deserves to be heard without venom and hatred.

    February 20, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  25. Ren from Baltimore

    Dear Ken and "New Yorker"-

    This is not about Kennedy seeking funds for his own health care, is it? Is he asking you for personal reasons? Is Ted Kennedy, who has lost three brothers in service to their country, who even with advanced brain cancer, can go to DC to support what he believes in, and who is in the last days of his own long lifelong public service-is this the guy you are venting against?

    Learn to read, Ken. New Yorker, just grow up.

    February 20, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
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