June 9th, 2009
01:06 PM ET
13 years ago

Dodd says 'strong, vibrant' Kennedy wants to return to Senate

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Lion of the Senate looks ready to roar again, a colleague says.

Sen. Christopher Dodd told a news conference Tuesday that he dined on Sunday night with Democratic colleague Sen. Edward Kennedy, who is battling brain cancer and has been away from the chamber for months.

"He was strong; he was vibrant," Dodd said of Kennedy, who led the drafting of an initial comprehensive health care reform bill despite his illness. "I very much hope Sen. Kennedy will be back."

Dodd has assumed Senate command of the health care issue in Kennedy's absence, and he said Tuesday that Senate Democrats are missing the knowledge and passion of their veteran colleague.

"He wants to come back and be a part of this, obviously," said Dodd, a close personal friend of Kennedy. Still, Kennedy insists that Congress should act on health care now, whether or not he can be there, according to Dodd.

"He is absolutely adamant that we go forward," Dodd said.

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soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. makesUwonder

    The first, and only person that made me lose all respect for Ted Kennedy was...............MaryJo Kopechne

    June 9, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  2. GWB2012

    Just what we need – Kennedy, Byrd and Reid – the THREE SENILE STOOGES to run the country even further into the ground. Do America favor – STAY HOME!

    June 9, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. GWB2012

    If he feels up to it and can function, so be it.
    By function, you mean bodily – not mentally, right?

    June 9, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. Move on

    There should be mandatory retirement. He is past his ablility to make rational decisions.

    June 9, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  5. frank

    he can stay home...go fishing
    he has done nothing for america other than get richer and fat!
    worthless.....how can anyone vote for this coward?
    he has never been fit to serve JFK is rolling over in his grave

    June 9, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  6. Cowboy in West Texas

    The people that have a say so are the people who elected him – and frankly he is probably better now than a lot of the people in Washington anyway........go get em Ted!

    June 9, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  7. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    There is so much tax payer money to steal, he just can't wait. apparently Dodd isn't able to steal it all by himself. There must be some new young girls in Georgetown these 2 old perverts (one is a murderer) to impress.

    June 9, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. Will appease anyone for theatre tickets

    Dodd who loves lying and Ted the lying Liberal, congratulations Democrats, two losers who have never worked a day in their lives are your heroes.

    June 9, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  9. Sick -n- Tired

    We seriously need to start pushing for term limits! I'm willing to bet that most of these old crones are suffering from the early stages of something or other, take your pick! I'm not saying they haven't done a good job, I'm just saying when you reach a certain age you should retire and pass the torch to someone whose younger and more in tune with the times! I'm not a big fan of having better than 70% of Congress having one foot in Washington and the other in a nursing home is all. Am I wrong?

    June 9, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  10. paksa

    The Dems won the recent election with the help of 'votes' from the already deceased (factual records) – so it isn't surprising that they would consider someone obviously ill to still be viable to cast a vote.

    June 9, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  11. AK

    before health care can be passed.... Kennedy would be needed! it no easy task to build anew.... gentlemen! -- Ben Franklin.

    June 9, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  12. ch

    Maybe Teddy should spend more time in his home state of MA.

    He has definitely lost his influence in MA considering he endorsed Obama in the primary there last year yet Hillary won the state by 15 points.

    Or maybe he can spend some time with his niece Caroline – she needs all the help she can get judging by her less than stellar performance as a senate candidate, (you know).

    June 9, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  13. Mike in NYC

    This is the man who promised that the Immigration Act of 1965 would not change the ethnic makeup of the U.S. In other words, a liar who helped destroy this nation. He deserves all the suffering he's getting.

    June 9, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. Dennis

    It's time for Ted to go home to his mansion and live out the rest of his days quietly.

    June 9, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  15. Michigan Jim

    Please stay home and rest up for the remainder of your term. As the saying goes, "If you think health care is expensive now, wait until it's 'free.'"

    June 9, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  16. SLM

    Time for this old horse to be put out to pasture.

    June 9, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  17. Ann

    just go away Ted!

    June 9, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  18. Blue, PA

    Hopefully Senator Kennedy can return and be productive but I'm not sure that's realistic.

    My brother passed away 2 years ago at the age of 41 with the same diagnosis as Kennedy. He was a 3 year survivor, however the last year of his life was spent with much short term memory loss. My brother was strong and fit in body but not the mind.

    I think Kennedy's best hope to participcate and see healthcare reform would be this year.

    June 9, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  19. Simmy

    Stay well sir, you are well appreciated......Single Pay this year......

    June 9, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  20. Dan, TX

    Ted has to answer questions about the accident where he covered up. Dodd is another cheat.

    June 9, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  21. Mel of Alexandria

    We pray that Sen. Kennedy's strength will allow him to continue serving at this very important time. May the Force support him all the way.

    June 9, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  22. Joe in CA

    I love Teddy and all, but what about us in the same situation. Would OUR jobs be held for us indefinitely???? At best we get 6 months short-term disability and our job is GONE!!! Enough with the government living by a different set of rules for ALL of them, republicans and democrats alike. Once they get in, FREE healthcare for LIFE. BIG pensions for life after one term. Do we get any of that? HELL NO!!! But we pay for it, year after year after year.

    June 9, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  23. phoenix86

    You go Ted, but why not take a trip from Rio to Paris first.

    June 9, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |

    where's the job to be an illegal immigrant. THey've got the REAL American dream anymore. Free Healthcare, don't pay into SS. That's the best gig you can get.

    June 9, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  25. democrat no mas(Independant now)

    I just watched a younger, cleaner living relative die from what he has now. No matter how I dislike this Kennedy ( I was totally for JFK) I don't wish this sickness on anyone. He may be OK for now, but money won't fix this type of cancer.

    June 9, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
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