Sen. Kennedy is backing Obama for President – Post No. 012808-2

Ted Kennedy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two generations of Kennedys – Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy and his son, Rep. Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island – are endorsing fellow Democrat Barack Obama for president.

Obama’s campaign said the senator planned to attend midday event at American University along with his niece, Caroline Kennedy, who announced her support for Obama over the weekend.

Robin Costello, a spokeswoman for Patrick Kennedy, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that the senator and congressman probably will campaign around the country for Obama, although no concrete plans are set yet.

In a television interview Sunday, Obama would not answer questions about an endorsement from the elder Kennedy. “Any of the Democratic candidates would love to have Ted Kennedy’s support. And we have certainly actively sought it,” the Illinois senator said.

Edward Kennedy’s endorsement was highly sought after by all the Democratic candidates. Besides his status as a liberal icon and member of the Kennedy dynasty, Kennedy boasts a broad national fundraising and political network as well.

Caroline Kennedy Caroline Kennedy wrote in Saturday’s New York Times that Obama could inspire Americans in the same way that her father, President John F. Kennedy, did.

Another of Sen. Kennedy’s nieces, former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, issued a statement Sunday in support of Clinton.

Toni Morrison Also Monday, Obama picked up the endorsement of author Toni Morrison, who once labeled Bill Clinton as the “first black president.” Morrison said she has has admired Obama rival Hillary Rodham Clinton for years because of her knowledge and mastery of politics, but cited Obama’s “creative imagination which coupled with brilliance equals wisdom.”

1 comment
  1. Hank Wilfong said:

    We had already started an Issuance, when it became “official”. We “knew” about it, but it had not yet become “official”. And, when it did happen we didn’t know it was gonna be like that. We knew Ted Kennedy was coming out for Obama. But, we didn’t know he was coming out like THAT…

    Now, everybody knows.

    What an awesome endorsement. We’re talking about the Elder Statesman of the democratic Party. And, the words he spoke. Right on point but pretty hard to take-for some, we’re sure. And, Senator Ted Kennedy told the truth-but it’s gonna be a bitter pill-for some.

    As we go into California, New York and Massachusetts, Obama doesn’t have to win the state, he just has to cut into the margins. California we understand from the polls has Clinton 43%, Obama 31%. We take away 5% from Hillary and Obama has 36% to her 38%. Now, that’s gonna bring some tears to some folk’s eyes.

    Massachusetts, is a garden of opportunity. The polls show Hillary ahead 59%-22%. But, that was BEFORE the Kennedys’ endorsement. Coupled with John Kerry, already being on board-that could easily rever into a 16% switch. Obama 38%-Hillary 43% wouldn’t be so bad. We might even make that a 20% switch=Obama 42%-Hillary 39%.

    This thing is going to the Convention. And, Obama will win in that case.


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