January 7th, 2010
10:47 AM ET
10 years ago

Kennedy widow endorses Coakley

Vicki Kennedy formally endorsed Democratic nominee Martha Coakley to fill the final three years of her late husband's Senate term.

Vicki Kennedy formally endorsed Democratic nominee Martha Coakley to fill the final three years of her late husband's Senate term.

(CNN) - Ted Kennedy's widow Thursday formally endorsed Democratic nominee Martha Coakley's bid to fill the final three years of the term of the late senator from Massachusetts.

"Time and again Martha Coakley has answered the call for public service," said Vicki Kennedy.

"My husband fought for health care reform for more than 40 years. He called it the cause of his life. He believed that health care for all our citizens was a fundamental right and not a privledge," added Kennedy. "Martha Coakley shares those beliefs and she'll go to Washington to fight for us."

Former Rep. Joseph Kennedy, the late senator's nephew, and Sen. Paul Kirk, a long time adviser and friend to Ted Kennedy who is serving as his interim replacement, were among others who attended the campaign event in Medford, Massachusetts.

Vicki Kennedy avoided endorsing any candidate during the Democratic primary campaign, but she supported Coakley, who is the state's attorney general, after she won the December 8 election against three opponents.

Coakley is facing off against Republican nominee Scott Brown, a state senator, in the January 19 election. Joseph Kennedy, a third party candidate who is not related to the late senator, is also in the race.

The 77 year old Kennedy, who died of brain cancer in August, was the fourth-longest serving senator in American history.

"Senator Kennedy was one of our nation's greatest advocates for justice, equality, and those less fortunate," Coakley said in prepared comments. "It is incredibly humbling to receive the support of the members of the Kennedy family as well as Senator Kirk. While no one can ever fill Senator Kennedy's shoes, I will work every day to follow in his footsteps and fight for issues such as meaningful health care reform and equal rights for all."

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Filed under: Martha Coakley • Massachusetts • Senate
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. katiec

    If she supports and will fight for middle class America, as Ted Kennedy did, than she most certainly needs to win this election.

    January 7, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  2. Jack Fl

    Who cares what some politicians spouse, widow, son or daughter has to say or who they endorse. I can read gossip in the enqirer or the E! Channel.

    January 7, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  3. Vote for Scott

    Sorry, no matter what spin his democratic colleagues use, Ted wasn't good for the country. Follow his pathetic, but long career. I hope that MA decides to elect an honest, moral person.

    (Then again, the corrupt democrats of the state changed the law twice in order to keep a republican from being appointed.... and to get their precious 60th vote)

    Vote for SCOTT BROWN!

    January 7, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  4. Carla

    Anyone who is fighting for the debacle known as the "healthcare bill" is NOT fighting for the American people.

    January 7, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  5. RobK

    C'mon, this is news? Who else is she going to endorse?

    January 7, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  6. fleming

    Doesn't the Mass legislature just do whatever they want when it comes to vacated seats, to fit the needs of teh Democratic party?

    January 7, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  7. Fair is Fair

    This is GREAT news for Scott Brown!!

    In the Ultra-Blue People's Republic of Massachusetts, he's narrowed Coakley's lead from 26 points to single digits.

    A Kennedy endorsement might put him over the top.

    January 7, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. annie against biased news

    Well that should make all the difference in the world.

    January 7, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  9. csh

    Coakley can win on her own.

    The Kennedy endorsement means nothing.

    Teddy and Caroline endorsed Barack Obama over Hillary yet Hillary won MA in a landslide – 15 points.

    January 7, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  10. obama the liar

    i am completely SHOCKED that a loony liberal would back another loony liberal in Massachusetts.

    January 7, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  11. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Republicans have never been the solution to American problems, republicans, the party of Betty the birther, are the problem.

    Vote for democrats in 2010!

    January 7, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  12. Tia Lively

    So what???

    January 7, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  13. Enough

    Who cares who she endorses.........it means nothing to us little people.

    January 7, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  14. mjm

    I almost forgot to donate to Brown's campaign. Thanks for reminding me.

    If Brown beats Coakley we have a chance at stopping this massive spending bill masquerading as health care reform. We have a chance to stop these liberal democrats from stealing millions of tax payer’s dollars.

    Obama said we could watch it on C Span....but it looks like he'll only be able to get "D-" Span.....Wilson was right about this guy. He's a liar and the rest of the libs are thieves.

    January 7, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  15. SocialismBad

    I heard this race was within 9 points. You know the Democrats are hurtin' when there is a relatively close race with a Republican in the Peoples Republic of Massachusetts! It'l be interesting to see where it ends up.

    A Republican winning would the equivalent of a 9.8 earthquake in political terms.

    January 7, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  16. Bob in Pa

    Do the Mass voters really care who she endorses ?

    January 7, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  17. Susan C.

    It IS a fundemental right for ALL to have health care.....but the distinction going on right now..is the avenue to obtain it. When it involves maniputlation of dollars, outright stealing..and deception...that is NOT the right path to obtain health care for all....IT MUST BE honest in ALL it's dealings...anything short is going to be exposed. I think Ted would agree.

    January 7, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  18. Jane/Seattle

    The key question is not who approves in political power land, but how much integrity does this person live. An endorsement can be a mixed bag. Quiet as it's kept, Mr. Kennedy was no god (no one is!) and he made some very bad choices just like all of us have done. Judge not lest ye be judged is some good advice. While we all tend to make assumptions, this is good advice. Peace

    January 7, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |