January 15th, 2010
10:00 AM ET
10 years ago

Vicki Kennedy makes plea for Coakley

(CNN) - The widow of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy makes a pitch for Democratic candidate Martha Coakley in a new television campaign commercial that started airing Friday in Massachusetts.

Coakley, the state's attorney general, faces off against Republican state Sen. Scott Brown in a special election Tuesday. The race is a battle to fill out the final three years of the term of the late senator, but also at stake is the Democrat's supermajority in the Senate, and possibly the fate of the party's and President Barack Obama's drive for health care reform.

"Tuesday's election is to fill the term my husband didn't have a chance to complete. But it's not the Kennedy seat. It's the people's seat – the mother struggling to make ends meet, the father trying to find a job. My husband fought for them, and so does Martha Coakley.

"Cracking down on Wall Street and insurance company abuses. Fighting for working families. That's what Martha Coakley stands for, and I'm proud to stand with her," says Vicki Kennedy in the commercial.

The reference to "the people's seat" appears to be a push back to Brown, who said in a debate Monday that Democrats were wrong to consider the senate seat Ted Kennedy's.
Both campaigns, as well as national party organizations and independent groups, have flooded the airwaves with campaign ads.

A new poll released Thursday night suggests the race is deadlocked between Coakley and Brown. Joseph Kennedy, a third party candidate who is not related to the late senator, is also in the race.

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. digger

    I hope Mr. Brown wins. The dems. are in big trouble.

    January 15, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  2. haren

    I don't understand What is wrong with this country.
    you know I think less litrate people in india are smart voters than
    american voters.
    Give me break, for selecting a candidate who poses naked in the magazine, where is the family value of republican selecting such candidate to run for senate.
    Massachusette you people are most educated voters in this country with institution like Harward and MIT.
    Please use your brain we don't want another NO in the senate.

    January 15, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  3. Dar

    Dems even try to use a dead person to get votes, Coakley is not Ted Kennedy by any means and the people are sick of the DEMS spending.

    2010/2012 Change is coming

    January 15, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  4. aneanderthal

    Did you notice there was nothing in the Kennedy ad about lowering taxes which go to pay for the extraordinary union benefits and pay in state and the federal government, or decreasing the influence of the unions responsible for driving industry out of the state or listening to the people that actually pay the taxes. However there was a reference toward her murdering, womanizing and drunken husband.

    January 15, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  5. Fair is Fair

    "Tuesday's election is to fill the term my husband didn't have a chance to complete. But it's not the Kennedy seat. It's the people's seat"

    Now where have I heard that before... oh yeah, Scott Brown said it.

    You go keep telling the electorate that, Vicki. We Brown supporters appreciate your assistance.

    January 15, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  6. John D.

    Say no to Coakley. She kept a man in jail even after he was proven innocent. Is that what you want in the Senate. All her slur campainging only shows how really scared the Democrats are that the People have awoken to their lying ways.

    What was it Admiral Yamamotto said after Pearl Harbor, "I fear we have only awoken a sleeping giant". The Democrats have awoken that Giant!

    Go Scott Brown!

    January 15, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  7. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    "But it's not the Kennedy seat. It's the people's seat – the mother struggling to make ends meet, the father trying to find a job."

    And how is the outrageous level of taxation the Dems are always pushing to increase going to help that mother make her ends meet? Every dime her family pays in taxes, whether directly, or indirectly as taxes on businesses, is a dime she no longer has to buy groceries or pay rent.

    How does it help that father find a job when companies can't afford to hire him because so much of their corporate income goes to paying outrageous taxes? When they're afraid that the costs of Obamacare will break their benefits budget?

    The last thing this country needs is a rubber-stamp replacement for Ted Kennedy.

    January 15, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  8. Dutch the Great

    I'm not worried about the dems losing this seat. The residents of Massuchusetts are smart enough not to put a republicanin the Senate.

    January 15, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  9. Dave

    Sounds like desperation, Brown is surging on Coakley and considering that he is running to STOP the horrible heathcare bill that the Democrats are shoving down our throats, this should be a wake up call for Obama, Reid and Pelosi, if not every Democrat in the house and senate.

    January 15, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  10. Silence Dogoode

    Maybe it is time for the Kennedy clan to go back to bootlegging

    January 15, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  11. gary

    Her husband was the butt of many jokes after leaving a girl to drown and not reporting it for 12 hours. His families money and power is what got him out of many jams while he kept fighting for 'the little person'. Ha! lol

    January 15, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  12. Bedtime for Obonzo

    The reference to "the people's seat" is not a "push back to Brown." Rather, it's a recognition that many Massachusetts voters are fed up with the state Democratic party's arrogance, exemplified by its, up to now, references to "Ted Kennedy's seat." Brown gained a lot of traction in the final debate when he corrected David Gergen's reference to the "Kennedy seat" as "the people's seat."

    January 15, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  13. mark

    change is coming obama! vote for Brown!

    January 15, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  14. Right Leaning Independent

    Vicki Kennedy supports Martha Palin Coakley!! I guess she supports someone that has as much common sense as her late husband...

    January 15, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |

    Why listen to a Kennedy? They've NEVER been a part of the "working class". Ted was one of the corrupt politicians that changed law so that Governor Romney couldn't appoint a republican to fill the seat held by Kerry (had he won the election). Then he changed the rules again so that democrats would retain the seat immediately after his death without the election that they demanded just a couple years earlier.

    Hopefully the citizens of MA realize that this seat is as Brown said, "the people's seat".

    Scott Brown is fighting for everyday Massachusetts' citizens (as wells as as working class Americans). Plus he ruled at the debate, is better informed about world events, is local and knows how to spell Massachusetts.

    January 15, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  16. Biased

    I sincerely think that this health bill and the deals that are being done behind closed doors is not what the late senator would have done. He was known for his willingness to work with others and compromise but this sellout of the average citizen to unions and senators to buy their vote and having some states more special than others, is something I doubt he would have engaged in.

    January 15, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  17. good-bye global warming

    I really hope Scott Brown wins this. Republicans need to unite in Mass. for some real hope and change.

    January 15, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  18. gary davis harbor oregon

    brown is wrong if Ted Kennedy were still alive it absolutly would be his set . and the democrats will win the set . and block the purist party of NO if the republicans actually win the set it will be a sad day for everyone . the Kennedy legacy .and americans right to have someone support the people not CEO'S and big Business carpet baggers . THE GOOD OF THE MANY OUT WEIGHT THAT OF THE FEW

    January 15, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  19. gt

    this party stuff is to much ,,,, new blood ,,new ideas,,, not the same old crap,,, plus she seems not very sharp...

    January 15, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  20. mjm

    50% to 46% is deadlocked?

    How weak do the liberals in congress, not to mention the White House, when they are so scared to lose their supermajority? It's always about controlling power with these libs. Americans DO NOT want this health care bill and they still try to jam it down our throats with their supermajority.

    The best thing that could happen would be for the libs to lose this seat. Maybe then we could get some real reform done....not just union payoffs and senator bribes for votes.

    January 15, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  21. j

    Too bad Vicky Kennedy didn't run. She would have made a great Senator.

    January 15, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  22. jenn, philadelphia

    Now this shows the Democrats desperation.

    January 15, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  23. Objective Thinking

    Dear Ms Kennedy:

    You are copying Scott Brown's words in an attempt to make people think you see the people's seat the same way he does. But the fact that you are speaking about this seat as if your voice carries any more weight than the average citizen proves in itself that you think the seat really IS about your late husband. And the fact that you called it the race "to fill the term my husband didn't have a chance to complete" also shows that you still think it's about your husband.

    ANYONE with an objective line of thought can see that you would NOT have called it the people's seat if Scott Brown had not already spoken those words. Stealing words from the candidate you don't support in order to help the Democratic version of Sarah Palin is NOT what is right for the people.

    January 15, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |