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{{short description|American politician (1932–2009), served the U.S. Senator from Massachusetts from 1962 until his death}}{{other people5|Ted Kennedy (disambiguation)|Edward Kennedy (disambiguation)}}{{Good article}}{{pp|reason=vandalism|small=1|}}{{Use mdy dates|date=June 2017}}

|birth_place = Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.2009252|22}}Hyannis Port, Massachusetts,}} U.S.|restingplace = Arlington National CemeteryDemocratic Party (United States)>DemocraticJoan Bennett Kennedy>1958end=div}}{{marriageVictoria Reggie Kennedy>Vicki Reggie|1992}}|relations = See Kennedy family Joseph P. Kennedy Sr.Rose Kennedy>Rose Fitzgerald KennedyHarvard University (Bachelor of Arts>BA)University of Virginia (LLB)YEAR=2006 DEADURL=YES ARCHIVEDATE=DECEMBER 29, 2011, mdy-all, |signature = Ted Kennedy Signature|Official website}}United States}}United States}}|serviceyears = 1951–195325px) Private (1st Class)Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe>SHAPE}}Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy (February 22, 1932 – August 25, 2009) was an American politician who served as a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts for almost 47 years, from 1962 until his death in 2009. A member of the Democratic Party and the Kennedy political family, he was the second most senior member of the Senate when he died and is the third-longest-continuously-serving senator in United States history. Kennedy was a brother of President John F. Kennedy and U.S. Attorney General and U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy—both victims of assassination—and was the father of Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy.Ted Kennedy was 30 years old when he first entered the Senate following a November 1962 special election in Massachusetts to fill the vacant seat previously held by his brother John, who had taken office as the president. He was elected to a full six-year term in 1964 and was later re-elected seven more times. The Chappaquiddick incident in 1969 resulted in the death of his automobile passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne. Kennedy pleaded guilty to a charge of leaving the scene of an accident and later received a two-month suspended sentence. The incident and its aftermath hindered his chances of ever becoming president. His only attempt, in the 1980 election, resulted in a Democratic primary campaign loss to the incumbent president Jimmy Carter.Kennedy was known for his oratorical skills. His 1968 eulogy for his brother Robert and his 1980 rallying cry for modern American liberalism were among his best-known speeches. He became recognized as "The Lion of the Senate" through his long tenure and influence. Kennedy and his staff wrote more than 300 bills that were enacted into law. Unabashedly liberal, Kennedy championed an interventionist government that emphasized economic and social justice, but he was also known for working with Republicans to find compromises. Kennedy played a major role in passing many laws, including the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, the National Cancer Act of 1971, the COBRA health insurance provision, the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Ryan White AIDS Care Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Mental Health Parity Act, the S-CHIP children's health program, the No Child Left Behind Act, and the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. During the 2000s, he led several unsuccessful immigration reform efforts. Over the course of his Senate career, Kennedy made efforts to enact universal health care, which he called the "cause of my life." By the later years of his life, Kennedy had come to be viewed as a major figure and spokesman for American progressivism.In 2008, Kennedy suffered a seizure and was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, which limited his appearances in the Senate. He died of the cancer at age 77 on August 25, 2009, at the Kennedy Compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery near the graves of his assassinated brothers.

Early life

Edward Moore Kennedy was born on February 22, 1932, at St. Margaret's Hospital in the Dorchester section of Boston, Massachusetts. He was the youngest of the nine children of Joseph Patrick Kennedy and Rose Fitzgerald, members of prominent Irish American families in Boston,NEWS,weblink Chapter 1: Teddy: A childhood of privilege, promise, and pain, English, Bella, The Boston Globe, February 15, 2009, February 24, 2009, who constituted one of the wealthiest families in the nation once they were joined. His eight elder siblings were Joseph Jr., John, Rosemary, Kathleen, Eunice, Patricia, Robert, and Jean. John asked to be the newborn's godfather, a request his parents honored, though they did not agree to his request to name the baby George Washington Kennedy (Ted was born on President George Washington's 200th birthday) and instead named him after their father's assistant.NEWS, Kennedy dead at 77,weblink Nolan, Martin F., Martin Nolan, The Boston Globe, August 26, 2009, August 26, 2009, As a child, Ted was frequently uprooted by his family's moves among Bronxville, New York, Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, Palm Beach, Florida, and the Court of St. James's, in London, England.Clymer, A Biography, pp. 13, 16–17.NEWS,weblink Looking Back on JFK's Time in Bronxville, Failla, Zak, November 18, 2013, The Daily Voice (U.S. hyperlocal news), The Daily Voice, August 14, 2017, His formal education started at Gibbs School in Kensington, London.BOOK, Kennedy, Edward M., True Compass: A Memoir, 2011, Hachette, London, 9780748123353,weblink January 17, 2017, He had attended ten schools by the age of eleven; this was a series of disruptions that interfered with his academic success.Burns, Edward Kennedy and the Camelot Legacy, pp. 36, 38–39, 352n. Ted was an altar boy at the St. Joseph's Church and was seven when he received his First Communion from Pope Pius XII in the Vatican.Clymer, A Biography, p. 11. Ted spent sixth and seventh grades at the Fessenden School, where he was a mediocre student, and eighth grade at Cranwell Preparatory School; both schools were in Massachusetts. He was the youngest child and his parents were affectionate towards him, but they also compared him unfavorably with his older brothers.Between the ages of eight and sixteen, Ted suffered the traumas of Rosemary's failed lobotomy and the deaths of Joseph Jr. in World War II and Kathleen in an airplane crash. Ted's affable maternal grandfather, John F. Fitzgerald, was the Mayor of Boston, a U.S. Congressman, and an early political and personal influence. Teddy spent his four high-school years at Milton Academy, a preparatory school in Milton, Massachusetts, where he received B and C grades and, in 1950, finished 36th in a graduating class of 56.Burns, Edward Kennedy and the Camelot Legacy, pp. 40–42, 57p. He did well at football there, playing on the varsity in his last two years; the school's headmaster later described his play as "absolutely fearless ... he would have tackled an express train to New York if you asked ... he loved contact sports". He also played on the tennis team and was in the drama, debate, and glee clubs.

College, military service, and law school

Like his father and brothers before him, Ted attended and graduated from Harvard College, although with controversy. In his spring semester, he was assigned to the athlete-oriented Winthrop House, where his brothers had also lived.McGinnis, The Last Brother, p. 194. He was an offensive and defensive end on the freshman football team; his play was characterized by his large size and fearless style. In his first semester, Kennedy and his classmates arranged to copy answers from another student during the final examination for a science class.Leamer, The Kennedy Men, p. 318. At the end of his second semester in May 1951, Kennedy was anxious about maintaining his eligibility for athletics for the next year, and he had a classmate take his place at a Spanish exam.NEWS,weblink Observer-Reporter, Washington, Pennsylvania, Associated Press, The Shadow Kennedy Can't Escape, November 7, 1979, B1, Donald M., Rothberg, The ruse was immediately discovered and both students were expelled for cheating.NEWS,weblink The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, Virginia, Associated Press, Ted Kennedy Explains Incident at Harvard, March 30, 1962, 14, In a standard Harvard treatment for serious disciplinary cases, they were told they could apply for readmission within a year or two if they demonstrated good behavior during that time.NEWS,weblink The Pittsburgh Press, Eaton, William J., Chicago Daily News, Charm And Image Overcame Errors As 'Prince' Rose Rapidly to Senate, June 18, 1968, 17, In June 1951, Kennedy enlisted in the United States Army and signed up for an optional four-year term that was shortened to the minimum of two years after his father intervened.Clymer, A Biography, pp. 18–19. Following basic training at Fort Dix in New Jersey, he requested assignment to Fort Holabird in Maryland for Army Intelligence training, but was dropped without explanation after a few weeks. He went to Camp Gordon in Georgia for training in the Military Police Corps. In June 1952, Kennedy was assigned to the honor guard at SHAPE headquarters in Paris, France. His father's political connections ensured that he was not deployed to the ongoing Korean War.McGinnis, The Last Brother, p. 198. While stationed in Europe, he traveled extensively on weekends and climbed the Matterhorn in the Pennine Alps. After 21 months, he was discharged in March 1953 as a private first class.Kennedy re-entered Harvard in the summer of 1953 and improved his study habits. His brother John was a U.S. Senator and the family was attracting more public attention.Burns, Edward Kennedy and the Camelot Legacy, p. 46. Ted joined The Owl final club in 1954NEWS, Kennedy Ends His Final Club Ties, The Harvard Crimson, January 17, 2006, and was also chosen for the Hasty Pudding Club and the Pi Eta fraternity.McGinnis, The Last Brother, p. 201. Kennedy was on athletic probation during his sophomore year, and he returned as a second-string two-way end for the Crimson football team during his junior year and barely missed earning his varsity letter.Clymer, A Biography, pp. 20–21. Nevertheless, he received a recruiting feeler from Green Bay Packers head coach Lisle Blackbourn, who asked him about his interest in playing professional football.NEWS,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink yes, May 1, 2011, Sen. Kennedy's brush with football fame, Black, Chris, The Boston Globe, February 1, 1997, Kennedy demurred, saying he had plans to attend law school and to "go into another contact sport, politics."WEB, About Senator Kennedy: Senator Kennedy's Bio,weblink United States Senate, May 23, 2008, yes,weblink" title="">weblink February 24, 2009, In his senior season of 1955, Kennedy started at end for the Harvard football team and worked hard to improve his blocking and tackling to complement his {{height|ft=6|in=2}}, {{convert|200|lb|0|abbr=on}} size. In the season-ending Harvard-Yale game in the snow at the Yale Bowl on November 19 (which Yale won 21–7), Kennedy caught a pass to score Harvard's only touchdown;NEWS,weblink Spokesman-Review, Associated Press, Alert Yale stops Crimson, 21 to 7, November 20, 1955, 6, sports, the team finished the season with a 3–4–1 record.NEWS,weblink College Football Data Warehouse, Harvard yearly results, 1955-1959 seasons, September 14, 2014, yes,weblink" title="">weblink July 28, 2014, mdy-all, Academically, Kennedy received mediocre grades for his first three years, improved to a B average for his senior year, and finished barely in the top half of his class.Burns, Edward Kennedy and the Camelot Legacy, pp. 48–49. Kennedy graduated from Harvard at age 24 in 1956 with an AB in history and government.Moritz (ed.), Current Biography Yearbook 1978, p. 226.Due to his low grades, Kennedy was not accepted by Harvard Law School. He instead followed his brother Bobby and enrolled in the University of Virginia School of Law in 1956. That acceptance was controversial among faculty and alumni, who judged Kennedy's past cheating episodes at Harvard to be incompatible with the University of Virginia's honor code; it took a full faculty vote to admit him.Burns, Edward Kennedy and the Camelot Legacy, p. 50. Kennedy also attended the Hague Academy of International Law during one summer.Burns, Edward Kennedy and the Camelot Legacy, p. 52. At Virginia, Kennedy felt that he had to study "four times as hard and four times as long" as other students to keep up with them.Burns, Edward Kennedy and the Camelot Legacy, pp. 50–51. He received mostly C grades and was in the middle of the class ranking, but was the winner of the prestigious William Minor Lile Moot Court Competition.JOURNAL, McCarten, Tim, UVA Law's 7 Senators, Virginia Law Weekly, September 8, 2006, 59, 2,weblink He was elected head of the Student Legal Forum and brought many prominent speakers to the campus via his family connections. While there, his questionable automotive practices were curtailed when he was charged with reckless driving and driving without a license. While attending law school, he was officially named as manager of his brother John's 1958 Senate re-election campaign; Ted's ability to connect with ordinary voters on the street helped bring a record-setting victory margin that gave credibility to John's presidential aspirations.Clymer, A Biography, pp. 25–27. In practice, Larry O'Brien and Kenneth O'Donnell were the actual campaign managers. Ted graduated from law school in 1959.Burns, Edward Kennedy and the Camelot Legacy, pp. 53–54.

Family and early career

In October 1957 (early in his second year of law school), Kennedy met Joan Bennett at Manhattanville College; they were introduced after a dedication speech for a gymnasium that his family had donated at the campus.Clymer, A Biography, pp. 23–24.NEWS,weblink The Palm Beach Post, WNS, Glaser, Vera, Stephenson, Malvina, Ugly duckling becomes model, April 1, 1969, 8, Bennett was a senior at Manhattanville and had worked as a model and won beauty contests, but she was unfamiliar with the world of politics. After the couple became engaged, she grew nervous about marrying someone she did not know that well, but Joe Kennedy insisted that the wedding should proceed. The couple was married by Cardinal Francis Spellman on November 29, 1958, at St. Joseph's Church in Bronxville, New York, with the reception being held at the nearby Siwanoy Country Club.Bly, The Kennedy Men, p. 195. Ted and Joan had three children: Kara (1960–2011), Ted Jr. (b. 1961) and Patrick (b. 1967). By the 1970s, the marriage was in trouble due to Ted's infidelity and Joan's growing alcoholism.File:Kennedy bros.jpg|thumb|left|upright|John, Bobby, and Ted Kennedy during John's presidential campaign, July 1960]]Kennedy was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1959.WEB, May 20, 2008,weblink Sen. Ted Kennedy to Keynote Public Service Conference, March 1, 2006, University of Virginia School of Law,weblink" title="">weblink June 17, 2008, yes, mdy-all, In 1960, his brother John announced his candidacy for President of the United States and Ted managed his campaign in the Western states. Ted learned to fly and during the Democratic primary campaign he barnstormed around the western states, meeting with delegates and bonding with them by trying his hand at ski jumping and bronc riding. The seven weeks he spent in Wisconsin helped his brother win the first contested primary of the season there and a similar time spent in Wyoming was rewarded when a unanimous vote from that state's delegates put his brother over the top at the 1960 Democratic National Convention.Clymer, A Biography, pp. 27–30.Following his victory in the presidential election, John resigned from his seat as U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, but Ted was not eligible to fill the vacancy until his thirtieth birthday on February 22, 1962.Per Article One of the United States Constitution. Ted initially wanted to stay out west and do something other than run for office right away; he said, "The disadvantage of my position is being constantly compared with two brothers of such superior ability." Ted's brothers were not in favor of his running immediately, but Ted ultimately coveted the Senate seat as an accomplishment to match his brothers, and their father overruled them. Therefore, John asked Massachusetts Governor Foster Furcolo to name Kennedy family friend Ben Smith as interim senator for John's unexpired term, which he did in December 1960.This was done so under the authority of the Seventeenth Amendment to the United States Constitution and Massachusetts state law. This kept the seat available for Ted.NEWS, Teddy & Kennedyism,weblink September 28, 1962, May 23, 2008, Time, Meanwhile, Ted started work in February 1961 as an assistant district attorney for Suffolk County, Massachusetts (for which he took a nominal One-dollar salary salary), where he first developed a hard-nosed attitude towards crime.Clymer, A Biography, pp. 33–35. He took many overseas trips, billed as fact-finding tours with the goal of improving his foreign policy credentials.Hersh, Edward Kennedy, p. 121, 132. On a nine-nation Latin American trip in 1961, FBI reports from the time showed Kennedy meeting with Lauchlin Currie, an alleged former Soviet spy, together with locals in each country whom the reports deemed left-wingers and Communist sympathizers. Reports from the FBI and other sources had Kennedy renting a brothel and opening up bordellos after hours during the tour.NEWS,weblink FBI memo tied Kennedy to brothel, leftists in '61, Stockman, Farah, The Boston Globe, March 1, 2011, March 1, 2011, NEWS, Miga, Andrew, February 28, 2011,weblink Ted Kennedy rented a brothel in 1961,, Salon, Associated Press, February 28, 2011, yes,weblink" title="">weblink March 2, 2011, mdy-all, Hersh, Edward Kennedy, p. 132. The Latin American trip helped to formulate Kennedy's foreign policy views, and in subsequent Boston Globe columns he warned that the region might turn to Communism if the U.S. did not reach out to it in a more effective way. Kennedy also began speaking to local political clubs and organizations.NEWS,weblink Chapter 2: The Youngest Brother: Turbulence and tragedies eclipse early triumphs, Swidey, Neil, The Boston Globe, February 16, 2009, February 24, 2009, (File:TedKennedy 1962.jpg|thumb|right|First Senate campaign, 1962)In the 1962 U.S. Senate special election in Massachusetts, Kennedy initially faced a Democratic Party primary challenge from Edward J. McCormack Jr., the state Attorney General. Kennedy's slogan was "He can do more for Massachusetts", the same one John had used in his first campaign for the seat ten years earlier.Barone and Cohen, Almanac of American Politics 2008, p. 791. McCormack had the support of many liberals and intellectuals, who thought Kennedy inexperienced and knew of his suspension from Harvard, a fact which later became public during the race. Kennedy also faced the notion that with one brother President and another U.S. Attorney General, "Don't you think that Teddy is one Kennedy too many?" But Kennedy proved to be an effective street-level campaigner. In a televised debate, McCormack said "The office of United States Senator should be merited, and not inherited," and said that if his opponent's name was Edward Moore, not Edward Moore Kennedy, his candidacy "would be a joke". Voters thought McCormack's performance overbearing, and with the family political machine's finally getting fully behind him, Kennedy won the September 1962 primary by a two-to-one margin. In the November special election, Kennedy defeated Republican George Cabot Lodge II, product of another noted Massachusetts political family, gaining 55 percent of the vote.NEWS, Edward Kennedy (Dem), The Washington Times, May 5, 2006,

United States Senator

First years, brothers' assassinations

Kennedy was sworn into the Senate on November 7, 1962. He maintained a deferential attitude towards the older, seniority-laden Southern members when he first entered the Senate, avoiding publicity and focusing on committee work and local issues.Clymer, A Biography, pp. 43, 45–47. Compared to his brothers in office, he lacked John's sophistication and Robert's intense, sometimes grating drive, but was more affable than either of them.On November 22, 1963, Kennedy was presiding over the Senate—a task given to junior members—when an aide rushed in to tell him that his brother, President John F. Kennedy, had been shot. His brother Robert soon told him that the President was dead. Ted and his sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver immediately flew to the family home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, to give the news to their invalid father, who had been afflicted by a stroke suffered two years earlier.File:Kennedy family in JFK funeral procession-crop.png|thumb|Ted Kennedy, accompanied by his brother Robert and sister-in-law Jacqueline, walks from the White House for the funeral procession accompanying President Kennedy's casket to Cathedral of St. Matthew the ApostleCathedral of St. Matthew the ApostleOn June 19, 1964, Kennedy was a passenger in a private Aero Commander 680 airplane that was flying in bad weather from Washington to Massachusetts. The plane crashed into an apple orchard in the western Massachusetts town of Southampton on the final approach to the Barnes Municipal Airport in Westfield.NEWS, Teddy's Ordeal,weblink Time, June 26, 1964, May 23, 2008, WEB,weblink, The Luck of the Kennedys, February 24, 2009, May 8, 2008, The pilot and Edward Moss (one of Kennedy's aides) were killed.NEWS, John F. Kennedy Jr. – Timeline: Misfortunes of a Family,weblink CNN, July 1999, May 23, 2008,weblink" title="">weblink March 23, 2008, Kennedy was pulled from the wreckage by fellow Senator Birch Bayh and spent months in a hospital recovering from a severe back injury, a punctured lung, broken ribs and internal bleeding. He suffered chronic back pain for the rest of his life as a result of the accident.Clymer, A Biography, pp. 244, 305, 549.NEWS,weblink In the Senate, Ted Kennedy Still Rules, Newton-Small, Jay, Time, May 17, 2008, June 20, 2009, Kennedy took advantage of his long convalescence to meet with academics and study issues more closely, and the hospital experience triggered his lifelong interest in the provision of health care services. His wife Joan did the campaigning for him in the regular 1964 U.S. Senate election in Massachusetts, and he defeated his Republican opponent by a three-to-one margin.Kennedy was walking with a cane when he returned to the Senate in January 1965. He employed a stronger and more effective legislative staff. He took on President Lyndon B. Johnson and almost succeeded in amending the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to explicitly ban the poll tax at the state and local level (rather than just directing the Attorney General to challenge its constitutionality there),WEB,weblink The Road to Civil Rights: The Voting Rights Act of 1965, Federal Highway Administration, September 18, 2011, thereby gaining a reputation for legislative skill. He was a leader in pushing through the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which ended a quota system based upon national origin. He also played a role in creation of the National Teachers Corps.(File:Ted Kennedy, 1967 (cropped).jpg|thumb|150px|Kennedy in 1967)Following in the Cold Warrior path of his fallen brother, Kennedy initially said he had "no reservations" about the expanding U.S. role in the Vietnam War and acknowledged that it would be a "long and enduring struggle". Kennedy held hearings on the plight of refugees in the conflict, which revealed that the U.S. government had no coherent policy for refugees.Clymer, A Biography, pp. 80–82. Kennedy also tried to reform "unfair" and "inequitable" aspects of the draft. By the time of a January 1968 trip to Vietnam, Kennedy was disillusioned by the lack of U.S. progress, and suggested publicly that the U.S. should tell South Vietnam, "Shape up or we're going to ship out."Clymer, A Biography, pp. 99–103.{{listen|filename=EMK eulogy of RFK.oggeulogy of Robert Kennedy at St. Patrick's Cathedral (New York)>St. Patrick's Cathedral|title="Robert Kennedy's eulogy"|filetype=Ogg|image=none}}Ted initially advised his brother Robert against challenging the incumbent President Johnson for the Democratic nomination in the 1968 presidential election. Once Eugene McCarthy's strong showing in the New Hampshire primary led to Robert's presidential campaign starting in March 1968, Ted recruited political leaders for endorsements to his brother in the western states.NEWS
, Poulsen
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, When Teddy Came to Town: A Sitka Memoir
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, Ted was in San Francisco when his brother Robert won the crucial California primary on June 4, 1968, and then after midnight, Robert was shot in Los Angeles and died a day later. Ted Kennedy was devastated by his brother's death, as he was closest to Robert among those in the Kennedy family.McGinniss, The Last Brother. Kennedy aide Frank Mankiewicz said of seeing Ted at the hospital where Robert lay mortally wounded: "I have never, ever, nor do I expect ever, to see a face more in grief." At Robert's funeral, Kennedy eulogized his older brother:
}}At the chaotic August 1968 Democratic National Convention, Mayor of Chicago Richard J. Daley and some other party factions feared that Hubert Humphrey could not unite the party, and so encouraged Ted Kennedy to make himself available for a draft.BOOK, White, Theodore H., Theodore H. White, The Making of the President 1968, Atheneum Publishers, New York, 1969, 280–285, 0-224-61796-6, The 36-year-old Kennedy was seen as the natural heir to his brothers, and "Draft Ted" movements sprang up from various quarters and among delegates.Clymer, A Biography, pp. 123–126. Thinking that he was only being seen as a stand-in for his brother and that he was not ready for the job himself, and getting an uncertain reaction from McCarthy and a negative one from Southern delegates, Kennedy rejected any move to place his name before the convention as a candidate for the nomination. He also declined consideration for the vice-presidential spot. George McGovern remained the symbolic standard-bearer for Robert's delegates instead.After the deaths of his brothers, Ted Kennedy took on the role of a surrogate father for his 13 nephews and nieces.NEWS,weblink December 26, 2006, Final memorial set for victims of Kennedy crash, CNN, July 24, 1999,weblink" title="">weblink December 21, 2006, By some reports, he also negotiated the October 1968 marital contract between Jacqueline Kennedy and Aristotle Onassis.BOOK, Evans, Peter, Ari: The Life and Times of Aristotle Onassis, Summit Books, 1986, 0-671-46508-2, 255,weblink Kennedy has denied this; see Clymer, A Biography, p. 130.Following Republican Richard Nixon's victory in November, Kennedy was widely assumed to be the front-runner for the 1972 Democratic nomination.NEWS,weblink Chapter 3: Chappaquiddick: Conflicted ambitions, then, Chappaquiddick, Russell, Jenna, The Boston Globe, February 17, 2009,weblink" title="">weblink February 21, 2010, Also published in the book The Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy, Simon & Schuster, 2009, chapter 3.In January 1969, Kennedy defeated Louisiana Senator Russell B. Long by a 31–26 margin to become Senate Majority Whip, the youngest person to attain that position.NEWS, The Ascent of Ted Kennedy,weblink Time, January 10, 1969, May 23, 2008, Clymer, A Biography, pp. 131–132. While this further boosted his presidential image, he also appeared conflicted by the inevitability of having to run for the position;Clymer, A Biography, pp. 141–142. "Few who knew him doubted that in one sense he very much wanted to take that path", Time magazine reported, but "he had a fatalistic, almost doomed feeling about the prospect". The reluctance was in part due to the danger; Kennedy reportedly observed, "I know that I'm going to get my ass shot off one day, and I don't want to."MAGAZINE, August 1, 1969, The Mysteries of Chappaquiddick,weblink Time,weblink" title="">weblink August 31, 2009, yes, Indeed, there were a constant series of death threats made against Kennedy for much of the rest of his career.NEWS,weblink Ted Kennedy got constant death threats, FBI files show, Douglas, William, Lightman, David, The McClatchy Company, The Seattle Times, June 14, 2010, March 1, 2011,

Chappaquiddick incident

(File:Mary Jo Kopechne.jpg|thumb|right|upright|115px|Mary Jo Kopechne, seven years before the fatal incident)On the night of July 18, 1969, Kennedy was at Chappaquiddick Island on the eastern end of Martha's Vineyard. He was hosting a party for the Boiler Room Girls, a group of young women who had worked on his brother Robert's ill-fated 1968 presidential campaign. Kennedy left the party with one of the women, 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne.Driving a 1967 Oldsmobile Delmont 88, he attempted to cross the Dike Bridge, which did not have a guardrail at that time. Kennedy lost control of his vehicle and crashed in the Poucha Pond inlet, which was a tidal channel on Chappaquiddick Island. Kennedy escaped from the overturned vehicle, and, by his description, dove below the surface seven or eight times, vainly attempting to reach and rescue Kopechne. Ultimately, he swam to shore and left the scene, with Kopechne still trapped inside the vehicle. Kennedy did not report the accident to authorities until the next morning, by which time Kopechne's body had already been discovered. Kennedy's cousin Joe Gargan later said that both he and Kennedy's friend Paul Markham, both of whom were at the party and came to the scene, had urged Kennedy to report it at the time.Kessler, Ronald, The Sins of the Father: Joseph P. Kennedy and the Dynasty He Founded, Warner Books, 1996, page 419.A week after the incident, Kennedy pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and was given a suspended sentence of two months in jail. That night, he gave a national broadcast in which he said, "I regard as indefensible the fact that I did not report the accident to the police immediately," but he denied driving under the influence of alcohol and also denied any immoral conduct between him and Kopechne. Kennedy asked the Massachusetts electorate whether he should stay in office or resign; after getting a favorable response in messages sent to him, Kennedy announced on July 30 that he would remain in the Senate and run for re-election the next year.NEWS,weblink Kennedy Stays in Senate; Will Seek New Term, Associated Press, Toledo Blade, The Blade, Toledo, July 31, 1969, 1, In January 1970, an inquest into Kopechne's death was held in Edgartown, Massachusetts. At the request of Kennedy's lawyers, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ordered the inquest to be conducted in secret.BOOK, Fighting for Air: In the Trenches With Television News, 0-8262-0952-1, 1994, Liz, Trotta, Columbia, MO, University of Missouri Press, p. 184Bly, The Kennedy Men, p. 213 The presiding judge, James A. Boyle, concluded that some aspects of Kennedy's story of that night were not true, and that negligent driving "appears to have contributed" to the death of Kopechne. A grand jury on Martha's Vineyard conducted a two-day investigation in April 1970 but issued no indictment, after which Boyle made his inquest report public. Kennedy deemed its conclusions "not justified." Questions about the Chappaquiddick incident generated a large number of articles and books during the following years.


(File:Senator Kennedy speaks on health services.jpg|thumb|Kennedy giving a presentation on his healthcare proposal in June 1971)At the end of 1968, Kennedy had joined the new Committee for National Health Insurance at the invitation of its founder, United Auto Workers president Walter Reuther.BOOK, Jacobs, David C., 1987, Lewin, David, Lipsky, David, Sockell, Donna, The UAW and the Committee for National Health Insurance: the contours of social unionism, Advances in industrial and labor relations: a research annual, 4, Greenwich, Conn., JAI Press, 0-89232-909-2, 119–140, Clymer, A Biography, p. 159. In May 1970, Reuther died and Senator Ralph Yarborough, chairman of the full Senate Labor and Public Welfare Committee and its Health subcommittee, lost his primary election, propelling Kennedy into a leadership role on the issue of national health insurance.Clymer, A Biography, pp. 159–160, 173. Kennedy introduced a bipartisan bill in August 1970 for single-payer universal national health insurance with no cost sharing, paid for by payroll taxes and general federal revenue.BOOK, Congressional Quarterly, 1971, National health insurance, Congressional Quarterly almanac, 91st Congress 2nd session....1970, 26, Washington, D.C., Congressional Quarterly, 603–605, 0095-6007, 1564784, Despite the Chappaquiddick controversy of the previous year, Kennedy easily won re-election to another term in the Senate in November 1970 with 62  percent of the vote against underfunded Republican candidate Josiah Spaulding, although he received about 500,000 fewer votes than in 1964.File:Bundesarchiv B 145 Bild-F033699-0003, Bonn, Ehmke empfängt Edward Kennedy.jpg|thumb|right|Senator Kennedy meeting with Justice Minister Horst Ehmke at Bonn, West GermanyWest GermanyIn January 1971, Kennedy lost his position as Senate Majority Whip to Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia, 31–24.NEWS, Martin, Jonathan, Kennedy memoir has Senate memories,weblink 2 January 2018, Politico, 15 September 2015, He would later tell Byrd that the defeat was a blessing, as it allowed him to focus more on issues and committee work, where his best strengths layClymer, A Biography, pp. 171–173. and where he could exert influence independently from the Democratic party apparatus,Hersh, The Shadow President, p. 13. and began a decade as chairman of the Subcommittee on Health and Scientific Research of the Senate Labor and Public Welfare Committee.In February 1971, President Nixon proposed health insurance reform—an employer mandate to offer private health insurance if employees volunteered to pay 25 percent of premiums, federalization of Medicaid for the poor with dependent minor children, and support for health maintenance organizations.BOOK, Congressional Quarterly, 1972, Health insurance: hearings on new proposals, Congressional Quarterly almanac, 92nd Congress 1st session....1971, 27, Washington, D.C., Congressional Quarterly, 541–544, 0095-6007, 1564784, BOOK, Congressional Quarterly, 1974, Limited experimental health bill enacted, Congressional Quarterly almanac, 93rd Congress 1st session....1973, 29, Washington, D.C., Congressional Quarterly, 499–508, 0095-6007, 1564784, Hearings on national health insurance were held in 1971, but no bill had the support of House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committee chairmen Representative Wilbur Mills and Senator Russell Long.Clymer, A Biography, p. 187. Kennedy sponsored and helped pass the limited Health Maintenance Organization Act of 1973.Clymer, A Biography, p. 198–199. He also played a leading role, with Senator Jacob Javits, in the creation and passage of the National Cancer Act of 1971.Clymer, A Biography, pp. 173–177.In October 1971, Kennedy made his first speech about The Troubles in Northern Ireland: he said that "Ulster is becoming Britain's Vietnam", demanded that British troops leave the northern counties, called for a united Ireland,Clymer, A Biography, pp. 180–183. and declared that Ulster Unionists who could not accept this "should be given a decent opportunity to go back to Britain" (a position he backed away from within a couple of years).BOOK, Hachey, Thomas E., The Irish Experience: A Concise History, Revised, M.E. Sharpe, Armonk, New York, 1996, 252, 1-56324-791-7, Kennedy was harshly criticized by the British and Ulster unionists, and he formed a long political relationship with Irish Social Democratic and Labour Party founder John Hume. In scores of anti-war speeches, Kennedy opposed President Richard Nixon's policy of Vietnamization, calling it "a policy of violence [that] means more and more war". In December 1971, Kennedy strongly criticized the Nixon administration's support for Pakistan and its ignoring of "the brutal and systematic repression of East Bengal by the Pakistani army".NEWS,weblink A Policy in Shambles, Time, November 29, 1971, He traveled to India and wrote a report on the plight of the 10 million Bengali refugees.NEWS,weblink In Bangladesh, Ted Kennedy Revered, Ahmed, Saeed, August 27, 2009, CNN, In February 1972, Kennedy flew to Bangladesh and delivered a speech at the University of Dhaka, where a killing rampage had begun a year earlier.The death of Mary Jo Kopechne in the Chappaquiddick incident had greatly hindered Kennedy's future presidential prospects,{{r|time19680801}} and shortly after the incident he declared that he would not be a candidate in the 1972 U.S. presidential election. Nevertheless, polls in 1971 suggested he could win the nomination if he tried, and Kennedy gave some thought to running. In May of that year he decided not to, saying he needed "breathing time" to gain more experience and to take care of the children of his brothers and that in sum, "It feels wrong in my gut."NEWS,weblink Despite His Lead in the Gallup Poll, Kennedy Insists He Won't Run for President in '72, Apple, R.W. Jr., R. W. Apple Jr., The New York Times, May 23, 1971, Nevertheless, in November 1971, a Gallup Poll still had him in first place in the Democratic nomination race with 28 percent.NEWS,weblink The Gallup Organization, Cain Surges, Nearly Ties Romney for Lead in GOP Preferences, October 10, 2011, George McGovern was close to clinching the Democratic nomination in June 1972, when various anti-McGovern forces tried to get Kennedy to enter the contest at the last minute, but he declined.Clymer, A Biography, pp. 187–190. At the 1972 Democratic National Convention, McGovern repeatedly tried to recruit Kennedy as his vice presidential running mate, but Kennedy turned him down. When McGovern's choice of Thomas Eagleton stepped down soon after the convention, McGovern again tried to get Kennedy to take the nod, again without success. McGovern instead chose Kennedy's brother-in-law Sargent Shriver.In 1973, Kennedy's 12-year-old son Edward Kennedy Jr., was diagnosed with bone cancer; his leg was amputated and he underwent a long, difficult, experimental two-year drug treatment.Clymer, A Biography, pp. 205–208. The case brought international attention among doctors and in the general media, as did the young Kennedy's return to the ski slopes half a year later.NEWS,weblink When cancer strikes at children, Cherry, Rona, Cherry, Laurence, yes, The New York Times Magazine, April 7, 1974, Son Patrick was suffering from severe asthma attacks. The pressure of the situation mounted on Joan Kennedy. On several occasions, she entered facilities for treatment of alcoholism and emotional strain. In addition, she was arrested for drunk driving after a traffic accident.NEWS,weblink Kennedy's Wife Faces Drunken Driving Count, The New York Times, October 10, 1974, In February 1974, President Nixon proposed more comprehensive health insurance reform—an employer mandate to offer private health insurance if employees volunteered to pay 25 percent of premiums, replacement of Medicaid by state-run health insurance plans available to all with income-based premiums and cost sharing, and replacement of Medicare with a new federal program that eliminated the limit on hospital days, added income-based out-of-pocket limits, and added outpatient prescription drug coverage.BOOK, Congressional Quarterly, 1975, National health insurance: no action in 1974, Congressional Quarterly almanac, 93rd Congress 2nd session....1974, 30, Washington, D.C., Congressional Quarterly, 386–394, 0095-6007, 1564784, Clymer, A Biography, pp. 199–200. In April 1974, Kennedy and Mills introduced a bill for near-universal national health insurance with benefits identical to the expanded Nixon plan—but with mandatory participation by employers and employees through payroll taxes—both plans were criticized by labor, consumer, and senior citizen organizations because of their substantial cost sharing.Clymer, A Biography, pp. 217–219. In August 1974, after Nixon's resignation and President Ford's call for health insurance reform, Mills tried to advance a compromise based on Nixon's plan—but with mandatory participation by employers and employees through premiums to private health insurance companies—but gave up when unable to get more than a 13–12 majority of his committee to support his compromise plan.JOURNAL, Wainess, Flint J., April 1999, The Ways and Means of national health care reform, 1974 and beyond, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, 24, 2, 305–333, 0361-6878, 2115780,weblink 10321359, 10.1215/03616878-24-2-305, In the wake of the Watergate scandal, Kennedy pushed campaign finance reform; he was a leading force behind passage of the Federal Election Campaign Act Amendments of 1974, which set contribution limits and established public financing for presidential elections.Moritz (ed.), Current Biography Yearbook 1978, p. 228.NEWS,weblink Kennedy: liberal legend, able legislator, Babington, Charles, Associated Press, USA Today, May 17, 2008, June 11, 2009, In April 1974, Kennedy travelled to the Soviet Union, where he met with leader Leonid Brezhnev and advocated a full nuclear test ban as well as relaxed emigration, gave a speech at Moscow State University, met with Soviet dissidents, and secured an exit visa for famed cellist Mstislav Rostropovich.Clymer, A Biography, pp. 212–215. Kennedy's Subcommittee on Refugees and Escapees continued to focus on Vietnam, especially after the Fall of Saigon in 1975.Kennedy had initially opposed busing schoolchildren across racial lines, but grew to support the practice as it became a focal point of civil rights efforts. After federal judge W. Arthur Garrity ordered the Boston School Committee in 1974 to racially integrate Boston's public schools via busing, Kennedy made a surprise appearance at a September 1974 anti-busing rally in City Hall Plaza to express the need for peaceful dialogue and was met with extreme hostility.Canellos, The Last Lion, pp. 236–237. The predominantly white crowd yelled insults about his children and hurled tomatoes and eggs at him as he retreated into the John F. Kennedy Federal Building and went so far as to push against one of its glass walls and break it.JOURNAL,weblink The Crisis, Backdrop to Boston, The Crisis Publishing Company, Inc, 7–11, 82, 1, January 1975, Kennedy was again much talked about as a contender in the 1976 U.S. presidential election, with no strong front-runners among the other possible Democratic candidates.NEWS,weblink Kennedy Rules Out '76 Presidential Race, Apple, R. W. Jr., The New York Times, September 24, 1974, R. W. Apple Jr., Kennedy's concerns about his family were strong, and Chappaquiddick was still in the news, with The Boston Globe, The New York Times Magazine, and Time magazine all reassessing the incident and raising doubts about Kennedy's version of events.NEWS,weblink Chappaquiddick + 5, Sherrill, Robert, The New York Times Magazine, July 14, 1974, Robert Sherrill, NEWS,weblink The Memory That Would Not Fade, Time, October 7, 1974, In September 1974, Kennedy announced that for family reasons he would not run in the 1976 election, declaring that his decision was "firm, final, and unconditional." The eventual Democratic nominee, Jimmy Carter, built little by way of a relationship with Kennedy during his primary campaign, the convention, or the general election campaign.Clymer, A Biography, pp. 245–250. Kennedy was up for Senate re-election in 1976. He defeated a primary challenger who was angry at his support for school busing in Boston. Kennedy then won the general election with 69 percent of the vote.File:Senator Edward Kennedy meets with Jimmy Carter - NARA - 177025.tif|thumb|left|President Jimmy Carter (right) with Senator Ted Kennedy in the Oval Office of the White HouseWhite HouseThe Carter administration years were difficult for Kennedy; he had been the most important Democrat in Washington ever since his brother Robert's death, but now Carter was, and Kennedy at first did not have a full committee chairmanship with which to wield influence.Clymer, A Biography, pp. 252–256. Carter in turn sometimes resented Kennedy's status as a political celebrity. Despite generally similar ideologies, their priorities were different.NEWS,weblink The Kennedy Challenge, Time, November 5, 1979, Kennedy expressed to reporters that he was content with his congressional role and viewed presidential ambitions as almost far-fetched.NEWS, The New York Times, March 5, 1977, 1, Weinraub, Bernard, Kennedy, Out of the Limelight, Is Content in Senate,weblink fee required, Kennedy and his wife Joan separated in 1977, although they still staged joint appearances at some public events.Clymer, A Biography, p. 259. He held Health and Scientific Research Subcommittee hearings in March 1977 that led to public revelations of extensive scientific misconduct by contract research organizations, including Industrial Bio-Test Laboratories.NEWS, Poisoned Research, Mother Jones (magazine), Mother Jones, June 1982, Douglas, Foster, Mark Dowie, Steve Hubbell, Irene Moosen, Peter Waldman, Center for Investigative Reporting, 38–40, 42–43, 45–48,weblink NEWS, Morton, Mintz, Indictment Accuses Drug-Testing Firm of Falsifying Results, June 1, 1979, The Washington Post, A9, NEWS, Bill, Richards, Wide Errors, Possible Fraud Found in Private Lab Testing, September 8, 1977, The Washington Post, 1, A11, Kennedy visited China on a goodwill mission in late December 1977, meeting with leader Deng Xiaoping and eventually gaining permission for a number of Mainland Chinese nationals to leave the country; in 1978, he also visited the Soviet Union and Brezhnev and dissidents there again.Clymer, A Biography, pp. 270, 273–274. During the 1970s, Kennedy also showed interest in nuclear disarmament, and as part of his efforts in this field even visited Hiroshima in January 1978 and gave a public speech to that effect at Hiroshima University.U.S. diplomatic cable on Kennedy's visit to Hiroshima. U.S. Department of State, January 30, 1978; and U.S. diplomatic cable containing the speech transcript. U.S. Department of State, January 10, 1978. He became chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1978, by which time he had amassed a wide-ranging Senate staff of a hundred.Hersh, The Shadow President, p. 27.As a candidate, Carter had proposed health care reform that included key features of Kennedy's national health insurance bill, but in December 1977, President Carter told Kennedy his bill must be changed to preserve a large role for private insurance companies, minimize federal spending (precluding payroll tax financing), and be phased-in so as to not interfere with Carter's paramount domestic policy objective—balancing the federal budget.BOOK, Morris, Jonas, 1984, The Carter years, Searching for a cure: national health policy considered, New York, Pica Press, 92–171, 0-87663-741-1, BOOK, Gottschalk, Marie, 2000, Labor embraces a new idea: the journey from national health insurance to an employer mandate, The shadow welfare state: labor, business, and the politics of health care in the United States, Ithaca, N.Y., ILR Press, 65–85, 0-8014-3745-8,weblink Clymer, A Biography, pp. 245–247. Kennedy and labor compromised and made the requested changes, but broke with Carter in July 1978 when he would not commit to pursuing a single bill with a fixed schedule for phasing-in comprehensive coverage.Clymer, A Biography, pp. 269–270. Frustrated by Carter's budgetary concerns and political caution, in a December 1978 speech on national health insurance at the Democratic midterm convention, Kennedy said regarding liberal goals overall that "sometimes a party must sail against the wind" and in particular should provide health care as "a basic right for all, not just an expensive privilege for the few."NEWS, Walsh, Edward, December 10, 1978, Lackluster convention lights up; invocations of liberalism rouse a lifeless party, The Washington Post, A1,weblink Clymer, A Biography, pp. 276–278.WEB,weblink In His Own Words: Democratic National Convention Health Care, Kennedy, Edward M.,, December 9, 1978, yes,weblink" title="">weblink March 24, 2013, mdy-all, In May 1979, Kennedy proposed a new bipartisan universal national health insurance bill—choice of competing federally regulated private health insurance plans with no cost sharing financed by income-based premiums via an employer mandate and individual mandate, replacement of Medicaid by government payment of premiums to private insurers, and enhancement of Medicare by adding prescription drug coverage and eliminating premiums and cost sharing.BOOK, Congressional Quarterly, 1980, National health insurance, Congressional Quarterly Almanac, 96th Congress 1st Session....1979, 35, Washington, D.C., Congressional Quarterly, 536–540, 0095-6007, 1564784, BOOK, Starr, Paul, 2011, Stumbling toward comprehensive reform: Political deadlock, 1969–1980, Remedy and reaction: the peculiar American struggle over health care reform, New Haven, Yale University Press, 52–63, In June 1979, Carter proposed more limited health insurance reform—an employer mandate to provide catastrophic private health insurance plus coverage without cost sharing for pregnant women and infants, federalization of Medicaid with extension to all of the very poor, and enhancement of Medicare by adding catastrophic coverage. Neither plan gained any traction in Congress,NEWS,weblink How Carter and Kennedy Differ on Major Issues of the Campaign, Herbers, John, The New York Times, August 11, 1980, and the failure to come to agreement represented the final political breach between the two. (Carter wrote in 1982 that Kennedy's disagreements with Carter's proposed approach "ironically" thwarted Carter's efforts to provide a comprehensive health-care system for the country.Carter, Keeping Faith, pp. 86–87 ff. In turn, Kennedy wrote in 2009 that his relationship with Carter was "unhealthy" and that "Clearly President Carter was a difficult man to convince â€“ of anything."NEWS,weblink Teddy Kennedy's Memoir: He Spent His Life Atoning for Kopechne's Death, Henneberger, Melinda, Politics Daily, September 3, 2009, September 28, 2009, yes,weblink" title="">weblink September 21, 2010, )

1980 presidential campaign

Kennedy finally decided to seek the Democratic nomination in the 1980 presidential election by launching an unusual, insurgent campaign against the incumbent Carter. A midsummer 1978 poll showed that Democrats preferred Kennedy over Carter by a 5-to-3 margin.Moritz (ed.), Current Biography Yearbook 1978, p. 227. During spring and summer 1979, as Kennedy deliberated whether to run, Carter was not intimidated despite his 28 percent approval rating, saying publicly: "If Kennedy runs, I'll whip his ass."NEWS,weblink On Who Will Whip Whom, Time, June 25, 1979, Carter later asserted that Kennedy's constant criticism of his policies was a strong indicator that Kennedy was planning to run for the presidency.Carter, Keeping Faith, p. 463. Labor unions urged Kennedy to run, as did some Democratic party officials who feared that Carter's unpopularity could result in heavy losses in the 1980 congressional elections. Kennedy decided to run in August 1979, when polls showed him with a 2-to-1 advantage over Carter;Clymer, A Biography, pp. 284–285. Carter's approval rating slipped to 19 percent.Hersh, The Shadow President, pp. 38–39. Kennedy formally announced his campaign on November 7, 1979, at Boston's Faneuil Hall.NEWS,weblink Chapter 4: Sailing into the Wind: Losing a quest for the top, finding a new freedom, Allis, Sam, The Boston Globe, February 18, 2009, March 10, 2009, He had already received substantial negative press from a rambling response to the question "Why do you want to be President?" during an interview with Roger Mudd of CBS News broadcast a few days earlier.NEWS,weblink Roger Mudd: Fmr. CBS Correspondent & Author – Part II, Q&A, Lamb, Brian, C-SPAN, April 6, 2008, November 30, 2014, Brian Lamb, The Iranian hostage crisis, which began on November 4, and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, which began on December 27, prompted the electorate to rally around the president and allowed Carter to pursue a Rose Garden strategy of staying at the White House, which kept Kennedy's campaign out of the headlines.Clymer, A Biography, pp. 294–299.Kennedy's campaign staff was disorganized and Kennedy was initially an ineffective campaigner.Hersh, The Shadow President, pp. 45–47. The Chappaquiddick incident emerged as a more significant issue than the staff had expected, with several newspaper columnists and editorials criticizing Kennedy's answers on the matter. In the January 1980 Iowa caucuses that initiated the primaries season, Carter demolished Kennedy by a 59–31 percent margin. Kennedy's fundraising immediately declined and his campaign had to downsize, but he remained defiant, saying "[Now] we'll see who is going to whip whose what."NEWS,weblink To Sail Against the Wind, Time, February 11, 1980, Nevertheless, Kennedy lost three New England contests. Kennedy did form a more coherent message about why he was running, saying at Georgetown University: "I believe we must not permit the dream of social progress to be shattered by those whose premises have failed."Hersh, The Shadow President, p. 50. However, concerns over Chappaquiddick and issues related to personal character prevented Kennedy from gaining the support of many people who were disillusioned with Carter.NEWS, The New York Times, March 18, 1980, A1,weblink Smith, Hedrick, Carter's On-Job Rating Falls in Poll Because of Foreign Policy Concerns, fee required, Hedrick Smith, During a St. Patrick's Day Parade in Chicago, Kennedy had to wear a bullet-proof vest due to assassination threats, and hecklers yelled "Where's Mary Jo?" at him.Clymer, A Biography, pp. 303–304. In the key March 18 primary in Illinois, Kennedy failed to gain the support of Catholic voters, and Carter crushed him, winning 155 of 169 delegates.With little mathematical hope of winning the nomination and polls showing another likely defeat in the New York primary, Kennedy prepared to withdraw from the race. However, partially due to Jewish voter unhappiness with a U.S. vote at the United Nations against Israeli settlements in the West Bank, Kennedy staged an upset and won the March 25 vote by a 59–41 percent margin. Carter responded with an advertising campaign that attacked Kennedy's character in general without explicitly mentioning Chappaquiddick, but Kennedy still managed a narrow win in the April 22 Pennsylvania primary. Carter won 11 of 12 primaries held in May, while on the June 3 Super Tuesday primaries, Kennedy won California, New Jersey, and three smaller states out of eight contests.Clymer, A Biography, pp. 309, 312. Overall, Kennedy had won 10 presidential primaries against Carter, who won 24.BOOK, Alexander, Herbert E., Financing the 1980 Election, Lexington Books, 1983, 0-669-06375-4, 229, {{listen|filename=Ted Kennedy - And The Dream Shall Never Die excerpt.ogg|description=Final 17 seconds of Ted Kennedy's speech at the 1980 Democratic National Convention|title="And the Dream Shall Never Die"|filetype=Ogg|image=none}}Although Carter now had enough delegates to clinch the nomination, Kennedy carried his campaign on to the 1980 Democratic National Convention in August in New York, hoping to pass a rule there that would free delegates from being bound by primary results and open the convention. This move failed on the first night of the convention, and Kennedy withdrew. On the second night, August 12, Kennedy delivered the most famous speech of his career.NEWS,weblink Ted Kennedy defies cancer diagnosis to inspire Democrats in Denver, Goldberg, Suzanne, The Guardian, August 26, 2008, March 18, 2009, London, Drawing on allusions to and quotes of Martin Luther King Jr., Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Alfred Lord Tennyson to say that American liberalism was not passé,Clymer, A Biography, pp. 316–319. he concluded with the words:}}The Madison Square Garden audience reacted with wild applause and demonstrations for half an hour. On the final night, Kennedy arrived late after Carter's acceptance speech and while he shook Carter's hand, he failed to raise Carter's arm in the traditional show of party unity.Barone and Cohen, Almanac of American Politics 2008, p. 792. Carter's difficulty in securing the assistance of Kennedy supporters during the election campaign contributed to his November defeat by Ronald Reagan.{{better source|date=June 2019}}{{dubious|date=June 2019}}


The 1980 election saw the Republicans capture not just the presidency but control of the Senate as well, and Kennedy was in the minority party for the first time in his career. Kennedy did not dwell upon his presidential loss, but instead reaffirmed his public commitment to American liberalism.Clymer, A Biography, pp. 321–322. He chose to become the ranking member of the Labor and Public Welfare Committee rather than of the Judiciary Committee, which he would later say was one of the most important decisions of his career. Kennedy became a committed champion of women's issues, and established relationships with select Republican senators to block Reagan's actions and preserve and improve the Voting Rights Act, funding for AIDS treatment, and equal funding for women's sports under Title IX. To combat being in the minority, he worked long hours and devised a series of hearings-like public forums to which he could invite experts and discuss topics important to him. Kennedy could not hope to stop all of Reagan's reshapings of government, but was often nearly the sole effective Democrat battling him.Hersh, The Shadow President, pp. 55–58.In January 1981, Ted and Joan Kennedy announced they were getting a divorce.Clymer, A Biography, pp. 325, 354. The proceedings were generally amicable, and she received a reported $4 million settlement when the divorce was granted in 1982.NEWS,weblink Kennedy's children become her guardians, Johnson, Glen, The Boston Globe, February 25, 2005, April 11, 2009, Later that year, Kennedy created the Friends of Ireland organization with Senator Daniel Moynihan and House Speaker Tip O'Neill to support initiatives for peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland.Providing a Leading Voice for Human Rights and Democracy around the Globe {{webarchive|url= |date=March 27, 2012 }} Retrieved: April 27, 2012.Kennedy easily defeated Republican businessman Ray Shamie to win re-election in 1982.Hersh, The Shadow President, p. 63. Senate leaders granted him a seat on the Armed Services Committee, while allowing him to keep his other major seats despite the traditional limit of two such seats.Hersh, The Shadow President, pp. 60–63. Kennedy became very visible in opposing aspects of the foreign policy of the Reagan administration, including U.S. intervention in the Salvadoran Civil War and U.S. support for the Contras in Nicaragua, and in opposing Reagan-supported weapons systems, including the B-1 bomber, the MX missile, and the Strategic Defense Initiative. Kennedy became the Senate's leading advocate for a nuclear freeze and was a critic of Reagan's confrontational policies toward the Soviet Union.NEWS,weblink Kennedy Denounces Reagan for 'Voodoo Arms Control', United Press International, The New York Times, June 22, 1982, NEWS,weblink Reagan Finds a Lesser Evil in Indefinite Recess of Talks, Smith, Hedrick, The New York Times, December 9, 1983, Hedrick Smith, NEWS,weblink Edward Kennedy on President Reagan: A State of Disunion, Kennedy, Edward M., Rolling Stone, March 15, 1984, A 1983 KGB memo indicates that Kennedy engaged in back-channel communication with the Soviet Union.WEB,weblink Michael Reagan Says Ted Kennedy Offered To Help KGB Oust His Dad, Randy, DeSoto, January 14, 2019, The Western Journal, WEB,weblink Kennedy-KGB collaboration, The Washington Times,weblink The Washington Times,weblink According to a May 14, 1983 memorandum from KGB chairman Viktor Chebrikov to general secretary Yuri Andropov, former U.S. Senator John Tunney—a friend and former college roommate of Kennedy's—visited Moscow that month and conveyed a message from Kennedy to Andropov.WEB,weblink 1983 Kennedy-Andropov memo (original followed by translation), May 14, 1983, Internet Archive, WEB,weblink Teddy Kennedy used a secret message to get the Russians to intervene in Reagan’s 1984 re-election, Allen, McDuffee, July 27, 2017, Timeline, The memo indicates that the stated purpose of the communication was to "'root out the threat of nuclear war', 'improve Soviet-American relations' and 'define the safety of the world'". Chebrikov wrote that Kennedy was "'very troubled by the current state of Soviet-American relations'" and believed that the "'only real threats to Reagan [were] problems of war and peace and Soviet-American relations'". Chebrikov added that those issues, "'according to the senator, will without a doubt become the most important of the [1984] election campaign'". Kennedy reportedly offered to visit Moscow "'to arm Soviet officials with explanations regarding problems of nuclear disarmament so they may be better prepared and more convincing during appearances in the USA'" and to set up U.S. television appearances for Andropov. Chebrikov also noted "a little-hidden secret that [Kennedy] intended to run for president in 1988 and that the Democratic Party 'may officially turn to him to lead the fight against the Republicans' in 1984 — turning the proposal from one purely about international cooperation to one tinged with personal political aspiration." Andropov was unimpressed by Kennedy's overtures.NEWS,weblink Teddy, the KGB and the top secret file, Sebastian, Tim, The Sunday Times, February 2, 1992, Tim Sebastian, yes,weblink" title="">weblink May 10, 2015, mdy-all, After the Chebrikov memo was unearthed, both Tunney and a Kennedy spokesperson denied that it was true. Former Reagan administration negotiator Max Kampelman has asserted that Kennedy did engage in back-channel communications with the Soviet Union, but added that he "'learned that the senator never acted or received information without informing the appropriate United States agency or official'". Kenneth Adelman, a deputy ambassador to the United Nations under Reagan, has asserted that the Reagan administration knew of back-channel communications between various senators and the Soviet Union and were unconcerned about the practice.Kennedy's staff drew up detailed plans for a candidacy in the 1984 presidential election that he considered, but with his family opposed and his realization that the Senate was a fully satisfying career, in late 1982 he decided not to run.Clymer, A Biography, pp. 341–342. Kennedy campaigned hard for Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale and defended vice presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro from criticism over being a pro-choice Catholic, but Reagan was re-elected in a landslide.Clymer, A Biography, pp. 360–361.Kennedy staged a tiring, dangerous, and high-profile trip to South Africa in January 1985.Hersh, The Shadow President, pp. 77–78. He defied both the apartheid government's wishes and militant leftist AZAPO demonstrators by spending a night in the Soweto home of Bishop Desmond Tutu and also visited Winnie Mandela, wife of imprisoned black leader Nelson Mandela. Upon returning, Kennedy became a leader in the push for economic sanctions against South Africa; collaborating with Senator Lowell Weicker, he secured Senate passage, and the overriding of Reagan's veto, of the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986. Despite their many political differences, Kennedy and Reagan had a good personal relationship,Clymer, A Biography, p. 326. and with the administration's approval Kennedy traveled to the Soviet Union in 1986 to act as a go-between in arms control negotiations with reformist Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. The discussions were productive, and Kennedy also helped gain the release of a number of Soviet Jewish refuseniks, including Anatoly Shcharansky.Clymer, A Biography, pp. 391–393.Although Kennedy was an accomplished legislator, his personal life was troubled during this time.NEWS,weblink Chapter 5: Trials & Redemptions: An untidy private life, then a turn to stability, Kahn, Joseph P., The Boston Globe, February 19, 2009, April 11, 2009, His weight fluctuated wildly, he drank heavily at times â€“ although not when it would interfere with his Senate duties â€“ and his cheeks became blotchy.Hersh, The Shadow President, pp. 66–67. Kennedy later acknowledged, "I went through a lot of difficult times over a period in my life where [drinking] may have been somewhat of a factor or force." He chased women frequently, and also was in a series of more serious romantic relationships but did not want to commit to anything long-term.Hersh, The Shadow President, pp. 83–84. He often caroused with fellow Senator Chris Dodd; twice in 1985 they were in drunken incidents in Washington restaurants, with one involving unwelcome physical contact with a waitress.Clymer, A Biography, p. 385. In 1987, Kennedy and a young female lobbyist were surprised in the back room of a restaurant in a state of partial undress.File:EdwardKennedyUSSTheodoreRooseveltFeb1987.jpeg|thumb|left|Senator Kennedy talking to sailors aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt, February 1987]]After again considering a candidacy for the 1988 presidential election, influenced by his personal difficulties and family concerns, and content with remaining in the Senate, in December 1985 Kennedy publicly cut short any talk that he might run. He added: "I know this decision means I may never be president. But the pursuit of the presidency is not my life. Public service is." Kennedy used his legislative skills to achieve passage of the COBRA Act, which extended employer-based health benefits after leaving a job.NEWS,weblink Chapter 6: Master of the Senate: A towering record, painstakingly built, Milligan, Susan, The Boston Globe, February 20, 2009, May 21, 2009, Clymer, A Biography, pp. 382–383. Following the 1986 congressional elections, the Democrats regained control of the Senate and Kennedy became chair of the Labor and Public Welfare Committee. By now Kennedy had become what colleague Joe Biden termed "the best strategist in the Senate," who always knew when best to move legislation. Kennedy continued his close working relationship with ranking Republican Senator Orrin Hatch, and they were close allies on many health-related measures.Clymer, A Biography, p. 415.One of Kennedy's biggest battles in the Senate came with Reagan's July 1987 nomination of Judge Robert Bork to the U.S. Supreme Court. Kennedy saw a possible Bork appointment as leading to a dismantling of civil rights law that he had helped put into place, and feared Bork's originalist judicial philosophy. Kennedy's staff had researched Bork's writings and record, and within an hour of the nomination â€“ which was initially expected to succeed â€“ Kennedy went on the Senate floor to announce his opposition:The incendiary rhetoric of what became known as the "Robert Bork's America" speech enraged Bork supporters, who considered it slanderous, and worried some Democrats as well.NEWS, The Original Borking, Miranda, Manuel, The Wall Street Journal, August 24, 2005, August 10, 2007,weblink NEWS, Kennedy And Bork, April 28, 2008,weblink Reston, James, July 5, 1987, The New York Times, James Reston, But the Reagan administration was unprepared for the assault, and the speech froze some Democrats from supporting the nomination and gave Kennedy and other Bork opponents time to prepare the case against him.NEWS, Court nominees will trigger rapid response, Christian Science Monitor, July 7, 2005, August 10, 2007,weblink Chaddock, Gail Russell, When the September 1987 Judiciary Committee hearings began, Kennedy challenged Bork forcefully on civil rights, privacy, women's rights, and other issues. Bork's own demeanor hurt him, and the nomination was defeated both in committee and the full Senate. The tone of the Bork battle changed the way Washington worked â€“ with controversial nominees or candidates now experiencing all-out war waged against them â€“ and the ramifications of it were still being felt decades later.Clymer, A Biography, p. 428.During the 1988 presidential election, Kennedy supported the eventual Democratic nominee, Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, from the start of the campaign.Clymer, A Biography, pp. 407, 439. In the fall, Dukakis lost to George H. W. Bush, but Kennedy won re-election to the Senate over Republican Joseph D. Malone in the easiest race of his career.Clymer, A Biography, p. 443. Kennedy remained a powerful force in the Senate. In 1988 Kennedy co-sponsored an amendment to the Fair Housing Act of 1968, which prohibits discrimination in the rental, sale, marketing, and financing of the nation's housing; the amendment strengthened the ability of the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity to enforce the Act and expanded the protected classes to include disabled persons and families with children.NEWS,weblink Senate approves fair housing bill, Los Angeles Times, The Milwaukee Journal, August 3, 1988, 3A, After prolonged negotiations during 1989 with Bush chief of staff John H. Sununu and Attorney General Richard Thornburgh to secure Bush's approval, he directed passage of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.Hersh, The Shadow President, p. 73. Kennedy had personal interest in the bill due to his sister Rosemary's condition and his son's lost leg, and he considered its enactment one of the most important successes of his career. In the late 1980s Kennedy and Hatch staged a prolonged battle against Senator Jesse Helms to provide funding to combat the AIDS epidemic and provide treatment for low-income people affected; this would culminate in passage of the Ryan White Care Act.Clymer, A Biography, pp. 437–439, 463–466. In late November 1989, Kennedy traveled to see first-hand the newly fallen Berlin Wall; he spoke at John-F.-Kennedy-Platz, site of the famous "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech in 1963, and said "Emotionally, I just wish my brother could have seen it."Clymer, A Biography, pp. 457–459.

Early 1990s

Kennedy's personal life came to dominate his image. In 1989 paparazzi stalked him on a vacation in Europe and photographed him having sex on a motorboat. In February 1990, Michael Kelly published his long, thorough profile "Ted Kennedy on the Rocks" in GQ magazine.NEWS,weblink Ted Kennedy on the Rocks, Kelly, Michael, GQ, February 1990, April 19, 2009,weblink" title="">weblink November 1, 2007, Michael Kelly (editor), It captured Kennedy as "an aging Irish boyo clutching a bottle and diddling a blonde," portrayed him as an out-of-control Regency rake, and brought his behavior to the forefront of public attention. Kennedy's brother-in-law, Stephen Edward Smith, died from cancer in August 1990; Smith was a close family member and troubleshooter, and his death left Kennedy emotionally bereft.Hersh, The Shadow President, pp. 86–88. Kennedy pushed on, but even his legislative successes, such as the Civil Rights Act of 1991, which expanded employee rights in discrimination cases, came at the cost of being criticized for compromising with Republicans and Southern Democrats.On Easter weekend 1991, Kennedy was at a get-together at the family's Palm Beach, Florida, estate. After reminiscing about his brother-in-law, Kennedy was restless and maudlin when he left for a late-night visit to a local bar. He got his son Patrick and nephew William Kennedy Smith to accompany him.Hersh, The Shadow President, pp. 89, 94–97. Patrick Kennedy and Smith returned with women they met there, Michelle Cassone and Patricia Bowman. Cassone said that Ted Kennedy subsequently walked in on her and Patrick, who was dressed only in a nightshirt and had a weird look on his face. Smith and Bowman went out on the beach, where they had sex that he said was consensual but she said was rape. The local police made a delayed investigation; Kennedy sources were soon feeding the press with negative information about Bowman's background, and several mainstream newspapers broke an unwritten rule by publishing her name. The case quickly became a media frenzy. While not directly implicated in the case, Kennedy became the frequent butt of jokes on The Tonight Show and other late-night television programs.Clymer, A Biography, p. 487. Time magazine said Kennedy was being perceived as a "Palm Beach boozer, lout and tabloid grotesque" while Newsweek said Kennedy was "the living symbol of the family flaws".Hersh, The Shadow President, p. 100.Bork and Clarence Thomas were the two most contentious Supreme Court nominations in United States history.Barone and Cohen, Almanac of American Politics 2008, p. 364. When the Thomas hearings began in September 1991, Kennedy pressed Thomas on his unwillingness to express an opinion about Roe v. Wade, but the nomination appeared headed for success.Clymer, A Biography, p. 495. When Anita Hill brought the sexual harassment charges against Thomas the following month, the nomination battle dominated public discourse. Kennedy was hamstrung by his past reputation and the ongoing developments in the William Kennedy Smith case. He said almost nothing until the third day of the Thomas–Hill hearings, and when he did it was criticized by Hill supporters for being too little, too late.Biographer Adam Clymer rated Kennedy's silence during the Thomas hearings as the worst moment of his Senate career.Clymer, A Biography, pp. 493–499. Writer Anna Quindlen said "[Kennedy] let us down because he had to; he was muzzled by the facts of his life." On the day before the full Senate vote, Kennedy gave an impassioned speech against Thomas, declaring that the treatment of Hill had been "shameful" and that "[t]o give the benefit of the doubt to Judge Thomas is to say that Judge Thomas is more important than the Supreme Court."NEWS, Welch, William, 'Benefit of the Doubt' – Key Senators Give Thomas Support for Confirmation, The Seattle Times, October 15, 1991,weblink He then voted against the nomination. Thomas was confirmed by a 52–48 vote, one of the narrowest margins ever for a successful nomination.Due to the Palm Beach media attention and the Thomas hearings, Kennedy's public image suffered. A Gallup Poll gave Kennedy a very low 22 percent national approval rating. A Boston Herald/WCVB-TV poll found that 62 percent of Massachusetts citizens thought Kennedy should not run for re-election, by a 2-to-1 margin thought Kennedy had misled authorities in the Palm Beach investigation, and had Kennedy losing a hypothetical Senate race to Governor William Weld by 25 points.Hersh, The Shadow President, p. 98. Meanwhile, at a June 17, 1991, dinner party, Kennedy saw Victoria Anne Reggie, a Washington lawyer at Keck, Mahin & Cate, a divorced mother of two, and the daughter of an old Kennedy family ally, Louisiana judge Edmund Reggie.Clymer, A Biography, pp. 492–493. They began dating and by September were in a serious relationship. In a late October speech at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Kennedy sought to begin a political recovery, saying: "I am painfully aware that the criticism directed at me in recent months involves far more than disagreements with my positions ... [It] involves the disappointment of friends and many others who rely on me to fight the good fight. To them I say, I recognize my own shortcomings â€“ the faults in the conduct of my private life. I realize that I alone am responsible for them, and I am the one who must confront them." In December 1991, the William Kennedy Smith rape trial was held; it was nationally televised and the most watched until the O. J. Simpson murder case three years later. Kennedy's testimony at the trial seemed relaxed, confident, and forthcoming, and helped convince the public that his involvement had been peripheral and unintended.Hersh, The Shadow President, p. 104. Smith was acquitted.Kennedy and Reggie continued their relationship and he was devoted to her two children, Curran and Caroline.NEWS,weblink Senator's Wife Is His First Mate, Adviser and Caregiver, Romano, Lois, The Washington Post via The Ledger, June 7, 2008, They became engaged in March 1992,NEWS, Trueheart, Charles, Kennedy Announces Plans to Wed Washington Lawyer, Washington Post, March 15, 1992, A05, and were married in a civil ceremony by Judge A. David Mazzone on July 3, 1992, at Kennedy's home in McLean, Virginia.Clymer, A Biography, p. 512. She would gain credit with stabilizing his personal life and helping him resume a productive career in the Senate.Kennedy had no further presidential ambitions. Despite having initially backed former fellow Massachusetts Senator Paul Tsongas in the 1992 Democratic presidential primaries, Kennedy formed a good relationship with Democratic President Bill Clinton upon the latter taking office in 1993.Clymer, A Biography, pp. 519–523.WEB,weblink Candidate – Edward "Ted" Kennedy, Our Campaigns, July 5, 2010, Kennedy floor-managed successful passage of Clinton's National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993 that created the AmeriCorps program, and despite reservations supported the president on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).Hersh, The Shadow President, p. 114. On the issue Kennedy cared most about, national health insurance, he supported but was not much involved in formation of the Clinton health care plan, which was run by First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and others. It failed badly and damaged the prospects for such legislation for years to come. In 1994, Kennedy's strong recommendation of his former Judiciary Committee staffer Stephen Breyer played a role in Clinton appointing Breyer to the U.S. Supreme Court.Clymer, A Biography, pp. 539–541. During 1994 Kennedy became the first senator with a home page on the World Wide Web; the product of an effort with the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, it helped counter the image of Kennedy as old and out of touch.NEWS,weblink The Brave New World of Cybertribes, Howard, Fineman, Howard Fineman, Newsweek, February 26, 1995, NEWS,weblink Intelligent Information Infrastructure Project, MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, January 29, 2015, In the 1994 U.S. Senate election in Massachusetts, Kennedy faced his first serious challenger, the young, telegenic, and very well-funded Mitt Romney. Romney ran as a successful entrepreneur and Washington outsider with a strong family image and moderate stands on social issues, while Kennedy was saddled not only with his recent past but the 25th anniversary of Chappaquiddick and his first wife Joan seeking a renegotiated divorce settlement. By mid-September 1994, polls showed the race to be even.NEWS, Sarah, Rimer, Kennedy's Wife Is Giving Him a Political Advantage in a Difficult Contest,weblink The New York Times, September 24, 1994, Kennedy's campaign ran short on money, and belying his image as endlessly wealthy, he was forced to take out a second mortgage on his Virginia home.Hersh, The Shadow President, pp. 137–139. Kennedy responded with a series of attack ads, which focused both on Romney's shifting political views and on the treatment of workers at a paper products plant owned by Romney's Bain Capital.Hersh, The Shadow President, pp. 141–142. Kennedy's new wife Vicki proved to be a strong asset in campaigning. Kennedy and Romney held a widely watched late October debate without a clear winner, but by then Kennedy had pulled ahead in polls and stayed ahead afterward.NEWS,weblink Kennedy and Romney Look to Round 2, Clymer, Adam, The New York Times, October 27, 1994, Adam Clymer, In the November election, despite a very bad outcome for the Democratic Party nationally, Kennedy won re-election by a 58 percent to 41 percent margin,Hersh, The Shadow President, pp. 152, 153. the closest re-election race of his career.Kennedy's mother Rose died in January 1995 at the age of 104. From then on, Kennedy intensified the practice of his Catholic faith, often attending Mass several times a week.

Late 1990s

Kennedy's role as a liberal lion in the Senate came to the fore in 1995, when the Republican Revolution took control and legislation intending to fulfill the Contract with America was coming from Newt Gingrich's House of Representatives.Hersh, The Shadow President, pp. 155–158. Many Democrats in the Senate and the country overall felt depressed but Kennedy rallied forces to combat the Republicans. By the beginning of 1996, the Republicans had overreached; most of the Contract had failed to pass the Senate and the Democrats could once again move forward with legislation, almost all of it coming out of Kennedy's staff.Hersh, The Shadow President, pp. 163–164.(File:TedKennedy(D-MA).jpg|thumb|right|Kennedy's official Senate portrait in the 1990s)In 1996, Kennedy secured an increase in the minimum wage, which was one of his favorite issues;Clymer, A Biography, pp. 578–581. there would not be another increase for ten years. Following the failure of the Clinton health care plan, Kennedy went against his past strategy and sought incremental measures instead.Clymer, A Biography, p. 570. Kennedy worked with Republican Senator Nancy Kassebaum to create and pass the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act in 1996, which set new marks for portability of insurance and confidentiality of records. The same year, Kennedy's Mental Health Parity Act forced insurance companies to treat mental health payments the same as others with respect to limits reached. In 1997, Kennedy was the prime mover behind the State Children's Health Insurance Program,NEWS, Robert, Pear, Hatch Joins Kennedy to Back a Health Program, March 14, 1997, The New York Times,weblink January 6, 2008, which used increased tobacco taxes to fund the largest expansion of taxpayer-funded health insurance coverage for children in the U.S. since Medicaid began in the 1960s. Senator Hatch and Hillary Clinton also played major roles in SCHIP passing.NEWS,weblink Hillary Claims Credit for Child Program, Associated Press, NewsMax, Beth Fouhy, October 5, 2007, October 7, 2007,weblink" title="">weblink January 23, 2008, NEWS,weblink Giving Hillary Credit for SCHIP, Brooks Jackson,, March 18, 2008, March 19, 2008, yes,weblink" title="">weblink March 22, 2008, Kennedy was a stalwart backer of President Clinton during the 1998 Lewinsky scandal, often trying to cheer up the president when he was gloomiest and getting him to add past Kennedy staffer Greg Craig to his defense team, which helped improve the president's fortunes.Clymer, A Biography, pp. 600–603. In the trial after the 1999 impeachment of Bill Clinton, Kennedy voted to acquit Clinton on both charges, saying "Republicans in the House of Representatives, in their partisan vendetta against the President, have wielded the impeachment power in precisely the way the framers rejected, recklessly and without regard for the Constitution or the will of the American people."NEWS,weblink Clinton's Acquittal: Excerpts: Senators Talk About Their Votes in the Impeachment Trial, The New York Times, February 13, 1999, May 25, 2009, On July 16, 1999, Kennedy's nephew John F. Kennedy Jr. was killed when his Piper Saratoga light aircraft crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Martha's Vineyard. John Jr.'s wife Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy and his sister-in-law were also killed in the accident.NEWS,weblink Chapter 7: The Patriarch: Their sorrows, his cause, Aucoin, Don, The Boston Globe, February 22, 2009, May 25, 2009, Ted was the family patriarch, and he and President Clinton consoled his extended family at the public memorial service. He paraphrased William Butler Yeats by saying of his nephew: "We dared to think, in that other Irish phrase, that this John Kennedy would live to comb gray hair, with his beloved Carolyn by his side. But like his father, he had every gift but length of years." Ted now served as a role model for Maria Shriver, Kerry Kennedy Cuomo, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Joseph Patrick Kennedy II, and other family members.Clymer, A Biography, pp. 604–605. The Boston Globe wrote of the changed role: "It underscored the evolution that surprised so many people who knew the Kennedys: Teddy, the baby of the family, who had grown into a man who could sometimes be dissolute and reckless, had become the steady, indispensable patriarch, the one the family turned to in good times and bad."


Kennedy had an easy time with his re-election to the Senate in 2000, as Republican lawyer and entrepreneur Jack E. Robinson III was sufficiently damaged by his past personal record that Republican state party officials refused to endorse him.NEWS,weblink Commentary: A Two-Party System in Name Only, Symonds, William, Business Week, November 6, 2000, June 10, 2009, Kennedy got 73 percent of the general election vote, with Robinson splitting the rest with Libertarian Carla Howell. During the long, disputed post-presidential election battle in Florida in 2000, Kennedy supported Vice President Al Gore's legal actions.NEWS,weblink A Miraculous Revival Brings Elation but No Rest for Gore, Seelye, Katharine Q., The New York Times, December 9, 2000, June 11, 2009, After the bitter contest was over, many Democrats in Congress did not want to work with incoming President George W. Bush. Kennedy, however, saw Bush as genuinely interested in a major overhaul of elementary and secondary education, Bush saw Kennedy as a potential major ally in the Senate, and the two partnered together on the legislation. Kennedy accepted provisions governing mandatory student testing and teacher accountability that other Democrats and the National Education Association did not like, in return for increased funding levels for education. The No Child Left Behind Act was passed by Congress in May and June 2001 and signed into law by Bush in January 2002. Kennedy soon became disenchanted with the implementation of the act, however, saying for 2003 that it was $9 billion short of the $29 billion authorized. Kennedy said, "The tragedy is that these long overdue reforms are finally in place, but the funds are not,"NEWS,weblink Leaving No Child Left Behind, Antle, W. James III, The American Conservative, August 1, 2005, June 10, 2009, and accused Bush of not living up to his personal word on the matter. Other Democrats concluded that Kennedy's penchant for cross-party deals had gotten the better of him. The White House defended its spending levels given the context of two wars going on.Kennedy was in his Senate offices meeting with First Lady Laura Bush when the September 11, 2001, attacks took place. Two of the airplanes involved had taken off from Boston, and in the following weeks, Kennedy telephoned each of the 177 Massachusetts families who had lost members in the attacks. He pushed through legislation that provided healthcare and grief counseling benefits for the families, and recommended the appointment of his former chief of staff Kenneth Feinberg as Special Master of the government's September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. Kennedy maintained an ongoing bond with the Massachusetts 9/11 families in subsequent years.NEWS,weblink 9/11 widow reflects on relationship with Senator Kennedy, King, Alison, New England Cable News, June 16, 2009, June 22, 2009, yes,weblink" title="">weblink June 18, 2009, mdy-all, In reaction to the attacks, Kennedy was a supporter of the American-led 2001 overthrow of the Taliban government in Afghanistan. However, Kennedy strongly opposed the Iraq War from the start, and was one of 23 senators voting against the Iraq War Resolution in October 2002. As the Iraqi insurgency grew in subsequent years, Kennedy pronounced that the conflict was "Bush's Vietnam." In response to losses of Massachusetts service personnel to roadside bombs, Kennedy became vocal on the issue of Humvee vulnerability, and co-sponsored enacted 2005 legislation that sped up production and Army procurement of up-armored Humvees.File:Kennedy Feinstein Bush signing.JPG|thumb|left|upright|Kennedy at the 2002 signing of a border security bill, with Senator Dianne Feinstein and President George W. BushGeorge W. BushDespite the strained relationship between Kennedy and Bush over No Child Left Behind spending, the two attempted to work together again on extending Medicare to cover prescription drug benefits. Kennedy's strategy was again doubted by other Democrats, but he saw the proposed $400 billion program as an opportunity that should not be missed. However, when the final formulation of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act contained provisions to steer seniors towards private plans, Kennedy switched to opposing it. It passed in late 2003, and led Kennedy to again say he had been betrayed by the Bush administration.In the 2004 Democratic Party presidential primaries, Kennedy campaigned heavily for fellow Massachusetts Senator John Kerry and lent his chief of staff, Mary Beth Cahill, to the Kerry campaign. Kennedy's appeal was effective among blue collar and minority voters, and helped Kerry stage a come-from-behind win in the Iowa caucuses that propelled him on to the Democratic nomination.After Bush won a second term in the 2004 general election, Kennedy continued to oppose him on Iraq and many other issues. However, Kennedy sought to partner with Republicans again on the matter of immigration reform in the context of the ongoing United States immigration debate. Kennedy was chair of the United States Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Refugees, and in 2005, Kennedy teamed with Republican Senator John McCain on the Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act. The "McCain-Kennedy bill" did not reach a Senate vote, but provided a template for further attempts at dealing comprehensively with legalization, guest worker programs, and border enforcement components. Kennedy returned again with the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007, which was sponsored by an ideologically diverse, bipartisan group of senatorsNEWS,weblink 'Gang of 12' mulls over immigration bill, Associated Press, MSNBC, May 24, 2007, May 11, 2009, and had strong support from the Bush administration. The bill aroused furious grassroots opposition among talk radio listeners and others as an "amnesty" program,NEWS, Preston, Julia,weblink Grass Roots Roared and Immigration Plan Collapsed, The New York Times, July 10, 2007, July 27, 2008, and despite Kennedy's last-minute attempts to salvage it, failed a cloture vote in the Senate.NEWS,weblink Kennedy Plea Was Last Gasp for Immigration Bill, Hulse, Carl, The New York Times, June 9, 2007, June 11, 2009, Kennedy was philosophical about the defeat, saying that it often took several attempts across multiple Congresses for this type of legislation to build enough momentum for passage.File:Santorum Makes Good on Friendly Wager with Kennedy.jpg|thumb|right|Kennedy and Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum after Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005, where the Patriots defeated the Eagles. Here Santorum wears a Patriots hat and presents Kennedy a bag of Philly cheesesteaks.]](File:Edward Moore Kennedy.jpg|thumb|right|Portrait of Kennedy in the mid-2000s)In 2006, Kennedy released a children's book from the view of his dog Splash, (My Senator and Me: A Dog's-Eye View of Washington, D.C.|My Senator and Me: A Dog's-Eye View of Washington, D.C).NEWS, Ted Kennedy pens children's book, CBC News, January 9, 2006, Also in 2006, Kennedy released a political history entitled America Back on Track.NEWS,weblink Sen. Ted Kennedy and 'America Back on Track', NPR, April 20, 2006, February 22, 2007, In 2006, a Cessna Citation 550 in which Kennedy was flying lost electrical power after being struck by lightning and had to be diverted.Kennedy's Plane Is Struck by Lightning, Associated Press (May 14, 2006).Kennedy again easily won re-election to the Senate in 2006, winning 69 percent of the vote against Republican language school owner Kenneth Chase, who suffered from very poor name recognition.NEWS,weblink Democrat Deval Patrick elected governor in Massachusetts, Kennedy re-elected, Associated Press, USA Today, November 8, 2006, June 11, 2009,

Obama, illness

{{Wikinews|Ted Kennedy diagnosed with brain tumor}}File:Barack Obama and Ted Kennedy in Hartford, February 4, 2008.jpg|thumb|right|Following his endorsement of Barack Obama, Kennedy staged a campaign appearance with Obama in Hartford, Connecticut, on February 4, 2008, the day before the Super Tuesday primaries.]]Kennedy initially stated that he would support John Kerry again if he were to make another bid for president in 2008, but in January 2007, Kerry said he would not make a second attempt for the White House.NEWS, Rick, Klein, Kerry won't run for president in '08,weblink The Boston Globe, January 24, 2007, January 25, 2007, Kennedy then remained neutral as the 2008 Democratic nomination battle between Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama intensified, because his friend Chris Dodd was also running for the nomination.NEWS,weblink How Obama Snared the Lion of the Senate, Dan, Balz, Dan Balz, Haynes Johnson, The Washington Post, August 3, 2009, August 5, 2009, The initial caucuses and primaries were split between Clinton and Obama. When Dodd withdrew from the race, Kennedy became dissatisfied with the tone of the Clinton campaign and what he saw as racially tinged remarks by Bill Clinton.NEWS,weblink Kennedy Calls Obama 'New Generation of Leadership', Zeleny, Jeff, The New York Times, January 28, 2008, June 17, 2009, Kennedy gave an endorsement to Obama on January 28, 2008, despite appeals by both Clintons not to do so.NEWS,weblink Kennedy Chooses Obama, Spurning Plea by Clintons, Jeff, Zeleny, Carl, Hulse, The New York Times, January 28, 2008, January 28, 2008, In a move that was seen as a symbolic passing of the torch, Kennedy said that it was "time again for a new generation of leadership," and compared Obama's ability to inspire with that of his fallen brothers. In return, Kennedy gained a commitment from Obama to make universal health care a top priority of his administration if he were elected. Kennedy's endorsement was considered among the most influential that any Democrat could get,NEWS,weblink Kennedy Plans to Back Obama Over Clinton, Jeff, Zeleny, Brian, Knowlton, The New York Times, January 27, 2008, January 27, 2008, and raised the possibility of improving Obama's vote-getting among unions, Hispanics, and traditional base Democrats. It dominated the political news, and gave national exposure to a candidate who was still not well known in much of the country, as the Super Tuesday primaries across the nation approached.BOOK, Richard, Wolffe, Richard Wolffe, Renegade: The Making of a President, Crown Publishers, New York, 2009, 0-307-46312-5, 200–201,weblink On May 17, 2008, Kennedy suffered a seizure, which was followed by a second seizure as he was being rushed from the Kennedy Compound to Cape Cod Hospital and then by helicopter to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.NEWS,weblink Ted Kennedy not in immediate danger; seizure cause sought, The Boston Globe, Peter, Schworm, Viser, Matt, May 17, 2008, May 18, 2008, Within days, doctors announced that Kennedy had a malignant glioma, a type of cancerous brain tumor.NEWS,weblink Kennedy diagnosed with malignant brain tumor, MSNBC, May 20, 2008, May 19, 2009, The grim diagnosisNEWS,weblink Kennedy's Cancer Is Highly Lethal, Rob, Stein, May 21, 2008, The Washington Post, August 27, 2009, brought reactions of shock and prayer from many senators of both parties and from President Bush.Doctors initially informed Kennedy that the tumor was inoperable, but Kennedy followed standard procedure and sought other opinions. He decided to follow the most aggressive and exhausting course of treatment possible.NEWS,weblink The man at the center, Milligan, Susan, Wangsness, Lisa, The Boston Globe, May 10, 2009, June 20, 2009, On June 2, 2008, Kennedy underwent brain surgery at Duke University Medical Center in an attempt to remove as much of the tumor as possible.NEWS, Viser, Matt, Levenson, Michael, yes,weblink Kennedy's brain tumor surgery deemed a success, The Boston Globe, June 2, 2008, June 3, 2008, NEWS, Cortez, Michelle Fay,weblink Kennedy's Brain Surgery Can Reduce, Not Cure, Tumor (Update 2), Bloomberg News, June 2, 2008, June 19, 2009, yes,weblink" title="">weblink January 22, 2009, mdy-all, The 3½-hour operation—conducted by Dr. Allan Friedman while Kennedy was conscious to minimize any permanent neurological effects—was deemed successful in its goals. Kennedy left the hospital a week later to begin a course of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.NEWS,weblink Kennedy released from hospital, CNN, June 9, 2008, June 9, 2008, Opinions varied regarding Kennedy's prognosis: the surgery typically extends survival time for only a few months, but people can sometimes live for years.NEWS,weblink New York Daily News, Sen. Edward Kennedy undergoes surgery for brain tumor, June 4, 2008, June 3, 2008, Kennedy, Helen, File:Ted Kennedy DNC 2008.jpg|thumb|right|Kennedy speaks during the first night of the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, ColoradoDenver, ColoradoThe operation and follow-up treatments left Kennedy thinner, prone to additional seizures, weak and short on energy, and hurt his balance.Kennedy made his first post-illness public appearance on July 9, when he surprised the Senate by showing up to supply the added vote to break a Republican filibuster against a bill to preserve Medicare fees for doctors.NEWS,weblink Kennedy's Surprise Return Helps Democrats Win the Day, Hulse, Carl, Pear, Robert, The New York Times, July 10, 2008, June 20, 2009, In addition, Kennedy was ill from an attack of kidney stones. Against the advice of some associates,NEWS,weblink Determined to Give Speech, Kennedy Left Hospital Bed, Adam, Nagourney, Adam Nagourney, The New York Times, August 26, 2008, June 20, 2009, he insisted on appearing during the first night of the 2008 Democratic National Convention on August 25, 2008, where a video tribute to him was played. Introduced by his niece Caroline Kennedy, the senator said, "It is so wonderful to be here. Nothing â€“ nothing â€“ is going to keep me away from this special gathering tonight." He then delivered a speech to the delegates (which he had to memorize, as his impaired vision left him unable to read a teleprompter) in which, reminiscent of his speech at the 1980 Democratic National Convention, he said, "this November, the torch will be passed again to a new generation of Americans. So, with Barack Obama and for you and for me, our country will be committed to his cause. The work begins anew. The hope rises again. And the dream lives on."NEWS,weblink Kennedy Speaks at Democratic Convention, Vows to 'Keep Dream Alive', Fox News, August 25, 2008, May 27, 2009, The dramatic appearance and speech electrified the convention audience,NEWS,weblink Kennedy electrifies Democratic convention with appearance, CNN, August 25, 2008, November 8, 2008, as Kennedy vowed that he would be present to see Obama inaugurated.NEWS,weblink Ted Kennedy turns out for Democrat convention despite cancer, Cornwell, Rupert, The Independent, August 26, 2008, June 20, 2009, London, On September 26, 2008, Kennedy suffered a mild seizure while at home in Hyannis Port; he immediately went to the hospital, was examined and released later that same day. Doctors believed that a change in his medication triggered the seizure.NEWS,weblink U.S. Sen. Kennedy released from hospital, September 26, 2008, Reuters, September 26, 2008, Scott, Malone, Kennedy relocated to Florida for the winter; he continued his treatments, did a lot of sailing, and stayed in touch with legislative matters via telephone. In his absence, many senators wore blue "Tedstrong" bracelets.On January 20, 2009, Kennedy attended Barack Obama's presidential inauguration, but then suffered a seizure at the luncheon immediately afterwards. He was taken by wheelchair from the Capitol building and then by ambulance to Washington Hospital Center.NEWS,weblink Kennedy Suffers Seizure at Inaugural Lunch, January 20, 2009, Fox News, January 20, 2009, yes,weblink" title="">weblink January 22, 2009, Doctors attributed the episode to "simple fatigue". He was released from the hospital the following morning, and he returned to his home in Washington, D.C.NEWS,weblink Senator Kennedy leaves hospital, January 21, 2009, BBC News, January 21, 2009, File:Senator Edward Kennedy with President Barack Obama 4-21-09.jpg|left|thumb|Kennedy with President Obama, the day the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America ActEdward M. Kennedy Serve America ActWhen the 111th Congress began, Kennedy dropped his spot on the Senate Judiciary Committee to focus all his attentions on national health care issues, which he regarded as "the cause of my life".NEWS, Health care reform was Sen. Ted Kennedy's unfinished life's work, Sisk, Richard, New York Daily News, August 27, 2009, August 27, 2009,weblink NEWS, Kennedy Did His Life's Work Until the End, Gerhart, Ann, Balz, Dan, The Washington Post, August 27, 2009, August 27, 2009,weblink He saw the characteristics of the Obama administration and the Democratic majorities in Congress as representing the third and best great chance for universal health care, following the lost 1971 Nixon and 1993 Clinton opportunities,NEWS,weblink His Time Is Now, Clift, Eleanor, Eleanor Clift, Newsweek, March 6, 2009, June 20, 2009, and as his last big legislative battle. Kennedy made another surprise appearance in the Senate to break a Republican filibuster against the Obama stimulus package. When spring arrived, Kennedy appeared on Capitol Hill more frequently, although staffers often did not announce his attendance at committee meetings until they were sure Kennedy was well enough to appear. On March 4, 2009, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Gordon Brown announced that Kennedy had been granted an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II for his work in the Northern Ireland peace process, and for his contribution to UK–US relations,NEWS, Ted Kennedy to receive knighthood, BBC News, March 4, 2009, March 4, 2009,weblink As an American citizen, the British title would be purely honorary, and therefore Kennedy was not entitled to "Sir", though he is able to use the post-nominal Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) outside of the United States. See NEWS,weblink Kennedy to be knighted, March 4, 2009, The Boston Globe, Foon, Rhee, March 4, 2009, although the move caused some controversy in the UK due to his connections with Gerry Adams of the Irish republican political party Sinn Féin.NEWS, Tory backlash over Kennedy honour, BBC News,weblink March 5, 2009, March 6, 2009, Later in March, a bill reauthorizing and expanding the AmeriCorps program was renamed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act by Senator Hatch in Kennedy's honor.NEWS,weblink Hatch names service bill in Kennedy's honor, Davidson, Lee, Deseret News, March 26, 2009, June 20, 2009, Kennedy threw the ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park before the Boston Red Sox season opener in April, echoing what his grandfather "Honey Fitz" â€“ a member of the Royal Rooters â€“ had done to open the park in 1912.NEWS,weblink Mass. Sen. Kennedy throws Red Sox first pitch, Ullman, Howard, Associated Press, The Seattle Times, April 7, 2009, January 15, 2011, Even when his illness prevented him from being a major factor in health plan deliberations, his symbolic presence still made him one of the key senators involved.NEWS,weblink Morning Fix: Six Senators To Watch On Health Care, Cillizza, Chris, The Washington Post, June 16, 2009, June 20, 2009, However, Kennedy's tumor had spread by spring 2009 and treatments for it were no longer effective; this information was not disclosed to the public.NEWS,weblink After Diagnosis, Determined to Make a 'Good Ending{{'-, |newspaper=The New York Times |date=August 26, 2009 |accessdate=October 14, 2009 | first=Mark | last=Leibovich}} By June 2009 Kennedy had not cast a Senate vote in three months,NEWS,weblink Morning Fix: The Kennedy Legacy, Cillizza, Chris, The Washington Post, June 22, 2009, June 22, 2009, and his deteriorating physical health had forced him to retreat to Massachusetts, where he underwent another round of chemotherapy.NEWS,weblink Kennedy may not return this month, Bolton, Alexander, The Hill (newspaper), The Hill, June 9, 2009, June 22, 2009, In his absence, premature release of his health committee's expansive plan resulted in a poor public reception.NEWS,weblink How Obama could lose health fight, Michael Allen (journalist), Allen, Mike, Jim VandeHei, The Politico, June 19, 2009, June 20, 2009, Kennedy's friend Chris Dodd had taken over his role on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, but Republican senators and other observers said that the lack of Kennedy's physical presence had resulted in less consultation with them and was making successful negotiation more difficult.NEWS,weblink Kennedy Absent As His Health Bill Launches, Rovner, Julie, NPR, June 17, 2009, June 20, 2009, Democrats also missed Kennedy's ability to smooth divisions on the health proposals.NEWS,weblink Ted Kennedy absence felt by Democrats, Bresnahan, John, Raju, Manu, The Politico, August 19, 2009, August 20, 2009, Kennedy did cut a television commercial for Dodd, who was struggling early on in his 2010 re-election bid.NEWS, Dodd And Kennedy Know, Trust, And More Than Ever Rely on Each Other, Altamari, Daniela, The Hartford Courant, June 28, 2009, In July, HBO began showing a documentary tribute to Kennedy's life, Teddy: In His Own Words.NEWS,weblink HBO's 'Teddy: In His Own Words', McNamara, Mary, Los Angeles Times, July 13, 2009, August 1, 2009, A health care reform bill was voted out of the committee with content Kennedy favored, but still faced a long, difficult process before having a chance at becoming law.NEWS,weblink Ted Kennedy's Health Bill, Tumulty, Karen, Time, July 15, 2009, July 18, 2009, At the end of July 2009, Kennedy was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.PRESS RELEASE,weblink President Obama Names Medal of Freedom Recipients, White House Office of the Press Secretary, July 30, 2009, July 30, 2009, yes,weblink" title="">weblink December 15, 2009, He could not attend the ceremony to receive this medal, and attended a private service but not the public funeral when his sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver died at age 88 in mid-August. In his final days, Kennedy was in a wheelchair and had difficulty speaking, but consistently stated that "I've had a wonderful life".


{{Wikinews|Senator Ted Kennedy dies at age 77}}File:Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.jpg|thumb|Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Boston]]File:Ted Kennedy gravesite.jpg|thumb|Kennedy's grave at Arlington National CemeteryArlington National CemeteryFifteen months after he was initially diagnosed with brain cancer, Kennedy succumbed to the disease on August 25, 2009, at age 77 at his home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.NEWS, Ted Kennedy Dies of Brain Cancer at Age 77, August 26, 2009, ABC News,weblink August 26, 2009, In a statement, Kennedy's family thanked "everyone who gave him care and support over this last year, and everyone who stood with him for so many years in his tireless march for progress toward justice".NEWS,weblink Statement from the Kennedy family, The Boston Globe, August 26, 2009, August 29, 2009,


President Obama said that Kennedy's death marked the "passing of an extraordinary leader"NEWS,weblink Obama praises Kennedy as 'extraordinary leader', August 26, 2009, August 26, 2009, CNN, and that he and First Lady Michelle Obama were "heartbroken" to learn of his passing,PRESS RELEASE,weblink Statement by the President on the Death of Senator Ted Kennedy, August 26, 2009, August 26, 2009, The White House, yes,weblink" title="">weblink August 27, 2009, mdy-all, while Vice President Biden said "today we lost a truly remarkable man,"NEWS,weblink Biden: Kennedy 'Changed The Political Landscape For Almost Half A Century', August 26, 2009, August 26, 2009, NPR, David, Gura, and that Kennedy "changed the circumstances of tens of millions of Americans".NEWS,weblink Biden: Kennedy restored by idealism, August 26, 2009, August 26, 2009, The Boston Globe, Foon, Rhee, Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts Governor and Kennedy's opponent in the 1994 senate race, called Kennedy "the kind of man you could like even if he was your adversary"NEWS,weblink Kennedy remembered as patriarch of the senate, August 26, 2009, August 30, 2009, Andrew, Ryan, The Boston Globe, and former First Lady Nancy Reagan said she was "terribly saddened". She went on, "Given our political differences, people are sometimes surprised how close Ronnie and I have been to the Kennedy family. ... I will miss him."NEWS,weblink Allies and Adversaries React to Kennedy's Death, August 26, 2009, August 26, 2009, Barron, James, The New York Times, PRESS RELEASE,weblink Nancy Reagan Statement on Senator Kennedy, August 26, 2009, August 26, 2009, United States Senate, Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia, the President pro tempore of the Senate, issued a statement on Kennedy's death in which he said "My heart and soul weeps at the loss of my best friend in the Senate, my beloved friend, Ted Kennedy";NEWS,weblink Byrd issues statement about good friend Kennedy's death, August 26, 2009, August 26, 2009, Charleston Daily Mail, yes,weblink" title="">weblink September 5, 2009, mdy-all, Byrd had broken down on the Senate floor and cried uncontrollably when Kennedy's cancer diagnosis was made public the previous year.NEWS,weblink Byrd offers weeping tribute to Kennedy, The Politico, May 20, 2008, Upon his death, his sister Jean is the only one still living of the nine Kennedy siblings.There were also tributes from outside politics. Before a Boston Red Sox game, flags at Fenway Park were flown at half-staff and "Taps" was performed as players stood along the baselines,NEWS,weblink Red Sox play taps, fly flag at half mast, August 26, 2009, Associated Press, ESPN, December 12, 2010, and the Yankees observed a moment of silence for Kennedy before a game at Yankee Stadium.WEB, Steinbrenner reflects on loss of Kennedy,weblink August 27, 2009, January 16, 2011, Bryan, Hoch,,

Funeral services

Kennedy's funeral procession traveled a {{convert|70|mi|km|adj=on}} journey from the Kennedy Compound in Hyannis Port, past numerous landmarks named after his family, to the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, Massachusetts, where it lay in reposeNEWS,weblink Sen. Kennedy's body takes final poignant tour, August 28, 2009, August 27, 2009, LeBlanc, Steve, Associated Press, Yahoo! News, yes,weblink" title="">weblink August 31, 2009, and where over 50,000 members of the public filed by to pay their respects.NEWS,weblink Mourners drawn by a personal connection, Schworm, Peter, Ballou, Brian, August 29, 2009, The Boston Globe, August 29, 2009, On Saturday, August 29, a procession traveled from the library to the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica in Boston, for a funeral Mass.NEWS,weblink Kennedy to lie in repose in Boston, be buried at Arlington, August 26, 2009, August 26, 2009, CNN, Present at the funeral service were President Obama and former presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush (also representing his father, former President George H. W. Bush, who decided not to attend),NEWS,weblink Elder Bush Sitting Out Kennedy Funeral, Associated Press, CBS News, August 28, 2009, February 10, 2013, along with Vice President Biden, three former Vice presidents, 58 senators, 21 former senators, many members of the House of Representatives, and several foreign dignitaries.NEWS,weblink Senator Kennedy eulogized by his sons and President Obama, Cook, David T., August 29, 2009, The Christian Science Monitor, August 30, 2009, President Obama delivered the eulogy.The funeral service also drew celebrities and other notables from outside politics from Boston, Washington, and across the United States, including journalists Bob Woodward, Tom Brokaw and Gwen Ifill; singers Tony Bennett and Plácido Domingo; cellist Yo-Yo Ma; actors Jack Nicholson, Lauren Bacall, and Brian Stokes Mitchell; presidents and chancellors of Boston-area colleges and universities including Harvard University President Drew G. Faust and University of Massachusetts President Jack M. Wilson; and sports figures including former Boston Celtics basketball player Bill Russell, as well as the top management of the Red Sox.NEWS, At funeral Mass, Obama hails Kennedy as a 'kind and tender hero', Matt, Viser, The Boston Globe, August 30, 2009, B1, NEWS, In church and streets, one theme, Peter, Schworm, Brian, MacQuarrie, The Boston Globe, August 30, 2009, B1, Kennedy's remains were returned to Washington, D.C. and laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery, near the graves of his assassinated brothers. Former Cardinal and Washington D.C. Archbishop Theodore McCarrick presided over his burial service, which was attended by Biden, Kennedy's widow Vicki, and other members of the Kennedy family.WEB,weblink Senator Edward Kennedy Burial at Arlington National Cemetery, C-SPAN, August 29, 2009, February 16, 2019, Kennedy's grave marker is identical to his brother Robert's: a white oak cross and a white marble foot marker bearing his full name, year of birth, and death.NEWS,weblink Sen. Ted Kennedy laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery, August 30, 2009, August 30, 2009, Kenneth, Bazinet, Richard, Sisk, Thomas M. Defrank, New York Daily News,


True Compass, the memoir that Kennedy worked on throughout his illness, was published three weeks after his death.NEWS,weblink Ted Kennedy's Compass Points to Faith and Family, Smitha, Dante, Virginia Law Weekly, September 18, 2009, October 14, 2009, It debuted atop the New York Times Best Seller listNEWS,weblink Hardcover Nonfiction – List, The New York Times, September 25, 2009, Jennifer, Schuessler, and by mid-December 2009 had total sales of some 400,000 copies.NEWS,weblink Senator Ted Kennedy's book, 'True Compass' sale surge, paperback held back, Associated Press, The Birmingham News, December 10, 2009, A special election was scheduled for January 19, 2010, for the U.S. Senate seat from Massachusetts left vacant by Kennedy's death.WEB,weblink Election Calendar, Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, September 6, 2009, Shortly before his death, Kennedy had written to Democratic Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick and the Massachusetts legislature to change state law to allow an appointee to fill a U.S. Senate vacancy, for a term expiring upon the special election.NEWS, Edward M. Kennedy,weblink Letter to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, President of the Senate Therese Murray, and Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, via Boston Globe, July 2, 2009. Delivered to recipients August 18, 2009. Published August 20, 2009.NEWS,weblink Ailing Kennedy seeks to change law on succession, LeBlanc, Steve, Boston Globe, August 20, 2009, Associated Press, NEWS,weblink Kennedy looks to set stage for successor, Phillips, Frank, The Boston Globe, August 19, 2009, August 20, 2009, Kennedy had been instrumental in the prior 2004 alteration of this law to prevent Governor Mitt Romney from appointing a Republican senator should John Kerry's presidential campaign succeed.NEWS,weblink Special election bill gets new life, Phillips, Frank, The Boston Globe, June 11, 2004, September 26, 2009, The law was amended, and on September 24, 2009, Paul G. Kirk, former Democratic National Committee chairman and former aide to Kennedy, was appointed to occupy the Senate seat until the completion of the special election.NEWS, Viser, Matt, Phillips, Frank, Kirk named interim senator, The Boston Globe, September 24, 2009,weblink September 24, 2009, Kirk announced that he would not be a candidate in the special election. In that election, Republican State Senator Scott Brown won the seat in a stunning upset,NEWS,weblink G.O.P. Takes Massachusetts Senate Seat, Cooper, Michael, The New York Times, January 19, 2010, January 19, 2010, ending Democratic control of it going back to 1953.Brown's victory ended the 60-vote supermajority in the Senate that the Democrats had held since mid-2009, and appeared to spell the end for health care reform legislation.NEWS,weblink Health Vote Caps a Journey Back From the Brink, Stolberg, Sheryl Gay, Zeleny, Jeff, Hulse, Carl, The New York Times, March 20, 2010, March 24, 2010, However, Democrats rallied and passed the measure; Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was instrumental in doing so, credited Kennedy's life work in her closing remarks on the House floor before the final vote.NEWS,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink yes, September 5, 2012, Pelosi credits Kennedy for 'his life's work', NECN, March 21, 2010, March 24, 2010, Kennedy's widow Vicki attended the signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, at which both she and President Obama wore blue "Tedstrong" bracelets.NEWS,weblink Obama Signs Health Care Overhaul Bill, With a Flourish, Stolberg, Sheryl Gay, Pear, Robert, The New York Times, March 23, 2010, March 28, 2010, Congressman Patrick Kennedy brought a copy of a national health insurance bill his father had introduced in 1970 as a gift for the president. Patrick Kennedy then laid a note on his father's grave that said, "Dad, the unfinished business is done."NEWS,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink yes, September 7, 2012, Kennedy note: 'Dad, the unfinished business is done', NECN, March 24, 2010, March 24, 2010, Patrick's earlier decision not to seek re-election meant that in January 2011, a 64-year-long period in which a Kennedy held Federal elective office came to an end,NEWS,weblink Pondering a Congress without Kennedys, Levenson, Michael, The Boston Globe, February 13, 2010, March 28, 2010, but resumed in January 2013 (due to the November 2012 election) with Ted's great-nephew, Joseph P. Kennedy III, becoming a member of the House.NEWS,weblink Joseph P. Kennedy III wins decisively over Sean Bielat, Arsenault, Mark, The Boston Globe, November 7, 2012, Democratic control of Kennedy's former Senate seat was also regained following Brown's 2012 loss to Elizabeth Warren.

Political positions

Political scientists gauge ideology in part by comparing the annual ratings by the Americans for Democratic Action (ADA) with the ratings by the American Conservative Union (ACU).NEWS, Mayer, William,weblink Kerry's Record Rings a Bell, Washington Post, August 24, 2008, March 28, 2004, The question of how to measure a senator's or representative's ideology is one that political scientists regularly need to answer. For more than 30 years, the standard method for gauging ideology has been to use the annual ratings of lawmakers' votes by various interest groups, notably the Americans for Democratic Action (ADA) and the American Conservative Union (ACU)., Kennedy had a lifetime liberal 90 percent score from the ADA through 2004,NEWS,weblink Judging Judge Roberts: A look at the Judiciary Committee, USA Today, September 12, 2005, March 2, 2009, Kiely, Kathy, while the ACU awarded Kennedy a lifetime conservative rating of 2 percent through 2008.WEB,weblink 2008 U.S. Senate Votes, American Conservative Union, March 20, 2009, yes,weblink" title="">weblink March 30, 2009, Lifetime rating is given.Using another metric, Kennedy had a lifetime average liberal score of 88.7 percent, according to a National Journal analysis that places him ideologically as the third-most liberal senator of all those in office in 2009.JOURNAL, Committed Senate Liberals,weblink February 28, 2009, March 3, 2009, National Journal, yes,weblink" title="">weblink March 4, 2009, Kennedy's composite average only goes back to 1981, when National Journal began their ratings.A 2004 analysis by political scientists Joshua D. Clinton of Princeton University and Simon Jackman and Doug Rivers of Stanford University examined some of the difficulties in making this kind of analysis, and found Kennedy likely to be the 8th-to-15th-most liberal Senator during the 108th Congress.JOURNAL, PDF,weblink "The Most Liberal Senator"? Analyzing and Interpreting Congressional Roll Calls, Political Science & Politics, October 2004, 805–811, Clinton, Joshua D, Jackman, Simon, Rivers, Doug, The Almanac of American Politics rates congressional votes as liberal or conservative on the political spectrum, in three policy areas: economic, social, and foreign. For 2005–2006, Kennedy's average ratings were as follows: the economic rating was 91 percent liberal and 0 percent conservative, the social rating was 89 percent liberal and 5 percent conservative, and the foreign rating was 96 percent liberal and 0 percent conservative.Barone and Cohen, Almanac of American Politics 2008, p. 791. In 2005, the ratings were E 95 0, S 90 0, F 95 0; in 2006, E 87 0, S 88 11, F 98 0. Examination of two previous volumes of The Almanac of American Politics shows similar scores for 2001–2002 and 1997–1998.Various interest groups gave Kennedy scores or grades as to how well his votes aligned with the positions of each group.NEWS,weblink Senator Edward M. 'Ted' Kennedy, Sr. (MA), Project Vote Smart, March 3, 2009, The American Civil Liberties Union gave him an 84 percent lifetime score as of 2009.WEB,weblink ACLU Congressional Scorecard, American Civil Liberties Union, March 2, 2009, yes,weblink" title="">weblink April 23, 2009, mdy-all, During the 1990s and 2000s, NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood typically gave Kennedy ratings of 100 percent, while the National Right to Life Committee typically gave him a rating of less than 10 percent.The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence gave Kennedy a lifetime rating of 100 percent through 2002, while the National Rifle Association gave Kennedy a lifetime grade of 'F' (failing) as of 2006.

Cultural and political image

File:ARC194238-JFK-Robert-Edward.jpg|thumb|left|Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, Senator Ted Kennedy, and President John F. KennedyJohn F. KennedyWhen Kennedy died in August 2009, he was the second-most senior member of the Senate (after President pro tempore Robert Byrd of West Virginia) and the third longest-serving senator of all time, behind Byrd and Strom Thurmond of South Carolina. Later that same year, he was passed by Daniel Inouye of Hawaii.WEB,weblink Longest Serving Senators, November 17, 2009, United States Senate, During his tenure, Kennedy became one of the most recognizable and influential members of his party and was sometimes called a "Democratic icon"NEWS, Chaddock, Gail Russell, Democratic primary: Quiet battle for the other delegates, The Christian Science Monitor, January 30, 2008,weblink as well as "The Lion of the Senate".NEWS, KNTV,weblink Ted Kennedy Returning to Senate, Macht, Daniel, May 20, 2009, June 20, 2009, NEWS,weblink Senate Lion Ted Kennedy Roars Once More for National Health Care, Clark, Stephen, Fox News, January 13, 2009, June 20, 2009, Kennedy and his Senate staff authored around 2,500 bills, of which more than 300 were enacted into law. Kennedy co-sponsored another 550 bills that became law after 1973. Kennedy was known for his effectiveness in dealing with Republican senators and administrations, sometimes to the irritation of other Democrats. During the 101st Congress under President George H. W. Bush, at least half of the successful proposals put forward by the Senate Democratic policy makers came out of Kennedy's Labor and Human Resources Committee.Hersh, The Shadow President, p. 82. During the 2000s, almost every bipartisan bill signed during the George W. Bush administration had significant involvement from Kennedy. A late 2000s survey of Republican senators ranked Kennedy first among Democrats in bipartisanship.NEWS,weblink The 2009 Time 100: Edward Kennedy, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Schwarzenegger, Arnold, Time, June 20, 2009, April 30, 2009, Kennedy strongly believed in the principle "never let the perfect be the enemy of the good," and would agree to pass legislation he viewed as incomplete or imperfect with the goal of improving it down the road. In April 2006, Kennedy was selected by Time as one of "America's 10 Best Senators"; the magazine noted that he had "amassed a titanic record of legislation affecting the lives of virtually every man, woman and child in the country" and that "by the late 1990s, the liberal icon had become such a prodigious cross-aisle dealer that Republican leaders began pressuring party colleagues not to sponsor bills with him".MAGAZINE,weblink Ted Kennedy: The Dogged Achiever, Time, April 14, 2006, May 6, 2007, In May 2008, soon-to-be Republican presidential nominee John McCain said, "[Kennedy] is a legendary lawmaker and I have the highest respect for him. When we have worked together, he has been a skillful, fair and generous partner." Republican Governor of California and Kennedy relative Arnold Schwarzenegger described "Uncle Teddy" as "a liberal icon, a warrior for the less fortunate, a fierce advocate for health-care reform, a champion of social justice here and abroad" and "the rock of his family". At the time of Kennedy's death, sociologist and Nation board member Norman Birnbaum wrote that Kennedy had come to be viewed as the "voice" and "conscience" of American progressivism.MAGAZINE,weblink Memories of Ted Kennedy, Birnbaum, Norman, The Nation, August 28, 2009, September 6, 2009, Norman Birnbaum, Despite his bipartisan legislative practices, Kennedy was a polarizing symbol of American liberalism for many years.NEWS,weblink Ted Kennedy: A Liberal's Bipartisan, Robert Kuttner, Kuttner, Robert, The American Prospect, August 26, 2008, June 20, 2009, JOURNAL,weblink Ted Kennedy Leads the Liberals, Life (magazine), Life, June 20, 2009, NEWS,weblink Kennedy: liberal legend, able legislator, Babington, Charles, Associated Press, USA Today, May 17, 2008, June 20, 2009, Republican and conservative groups long viewed Kennedy as a reliable "bogeyman" to mention in fundraising letters,NEWS,weblink Unlike brothers, Ted Kennedy grew old in public, Espo, David, Associated Press, USA Today, May 20, 2008, June 20, 2009, on a par with Hillary Clinton and similar to Democratic and liberal appeals mentioning Newt Gingrich.NEWS, Don Van Natta Jr., Van Natta, Don Jr., Hillary Clinton's Campaign Spurs A Wave of G.O.P. Fund-Raising, The New York Times, July 10, 1999,weblink One Republican strategist involved in the New York Senate race doubted that the contributions aimed at defeating Mrs. Clinton would help her Republican opponent, or even that much of the money would wind up in New York. He said most of the donations would pay for direct-mail costs and other overhead. 'I don't see it as a tremendous benefit to any candidate,' this strategist said. 'This is what the Republicans did with Ted Kennedy and the Democrats did with Newt Gingrich. Every fund-raising group in the world loves a bogyman.{{'-, }}NEWS,weblink GOP finds Pelosi an elusive target, Thrush, Glenn, The Politico, March 5, 2009, June 20, 2009, James Carville, Bill Clinton's top adviser in 1992 and a longtime Pelosi watcher, said vitriol toward the speaker is confined to a relatively small corner of the GOP base and hasn't yet crossed over to independents or conservative Democrats. 'Our recent history in this country is we look for "hooks," people who get you really fired up â€“ Ted Kennedy, Newt Gingrich, Hillary Clinton,' Carville said. 'People come in and out and we try out these hooks on 'em.{{'-, }} The famous racially motivated "Hands" attack ad used in North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms's 1990 re-election campaign against Harvey Gantt accused Gantt of supporting "Ted Kennedy's racial quota law".NEWS, Lee, Deron, Ad Spotlight Classic: Jesse Helms, 1990, National Journal, July 8, 2008,weblink June 20, 2009, yes,weblink" title="">weblink August 17, 2009, University of California, San Diego political science professor Gary Jacobson's 2006 study of partisan polarization found that in a state-by-state survey of job approval ratings of the state's senators, Kennedy had the largest partisan difference of any senator, with a 57 percentage point difference in approval between Massachusetts's Democrats and Republicans.JOURNAL, Gary Jacobson, Jacobson, Gary, Partisan Differences in Job Approval Ratings of George W. Bush and U.S. Senators in the States: An Exploration, Annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, August 2006, The Associated Press wrote that, "Perhaps because it was impossible, Kennedy never tried to shake his image as a liberal titan to admirers and a left-wing caricature to detractors."After Robert Kennedy's assassination in 1968, Ted was the most prominent living member of the Kennedy family and the last surviving son of Joseph P. Kennedy and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. John F. Kennedy had said in 1957, "Just as I went into politics because Joe died, if anything happened to me tomorrow, my brother Bobby would run for my seat in the Senate. And if Bobby died, Teddy would take over for him."NEWS,weblink His Enduring Images and Words, Life (magazine), Life (John F. Kennedy Memorial Edition), December 1963, However, Ted was never able to carry on the "Camelot" mystique in the same way that both of his fallen brothers had, with much of it disappearing during his failed 1980 presidential bid. His negligence in the death of Mary Jo Kopechne at Chappaquiddick and his well-documented later personal problems further tarnished his image in relation to the Kennedy name, and significantly damaged his chances of ever becoming president.NEWS,weblink Mary Jo Kopechne and Chappaquiddick: America's Selective Memory, Cannon, Carl M., Politics Daily, August 26, 2009, August 28, 2009, The Associated Press wrote that, "Unlike his brothers, Edward M. Kennedy has grown old in public, his victories, defeats and human contradictions played out across the decades in the public glare." But Kennedy's legislative accomplishments remained, and as The Boston Globe wrote, "By the early 21st century, the achievements of the younger brother would be enough to rival those of many presidents." His death prompted the realization that the "Camelot era" was truly over.NEWS,weblink Kennedy's death marks the end of Camelot, Celizic, Mike, MSNBC, August 26, 2009, August 28, 2009, NEWS,weblink Ted Kennedy's death heralds Camelot's end, Kass, John, Chicago Tribune, August 27, 2009, August 28, 2009,weblink" title="">weblink August 28, 2009, yes, Kennedy's New York Times obituary described him via a character sketch: "He was a Rabelaisian figure in the Senate and in life, instantly recognizable by his shock of white hair, his florid, oversize face, his booming Boston brogue, his powerful but pained stride. He was a celebrity, sometimes a self-parody, a hearty friend, an implacable foe, a man of large faith and large flaws, a melancholy character who persevered, drank deeply and sang loudly. He was a Kennedy."NEWS, John M., Broder, Edward Kennedy, Senate Stalwart, Dies, The New York Times, August 26, 2009,weblink A1, A18–A20,

Awards and honors

Senator Kennedy received many awards and honors over the years. These include an honorary knighthood bestowed by Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, the Order of the Aztec Eagle from Mexico, the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Order of the Merit of Chile, and honorary degrees from a number of institutions including Harvard University.

Electoral history


  • BOOK, Kennedy, Edward M., The Fruitful Bough (Collected essays on Joseph P. Kennedy), privately published, 1965,
  • BOOK, Kennedy, Edward M., Decisions for a Decade: Policies and Programs for the 1970s, Doubleday, 1968,
  • BOOK, Kennedy, Edward M., In Critical Condition: The Crisis in America's Health Care, Simon & Schuster, 1972, 978-0-671-21314-5,weblink
  • BOOK, Kennedy, Edward M., Our Day and Our Generation: The Words of Edward M. Kennedy, Simon & Schuster, 1979, 978-0-671-24133-9,weblink
  • BOOK, Kennedy, Edward M., Hatfield, Mark, Mark Hatfield, Freeze!: How You Can Prevent Nuclear War, Bantam Books, 1982, 978-0-553-14077-4,
  • BOOK, Kennedy, Edward M., America Back on Track, Viking Adult, 2006, 978-0-670-03764-3,weblink
  • BOOK, Kennedy, Edward M., (My Senator and Me: A Dog's-Eye View of Washington, D.C., My Senator and Me: A Dog's-Eye View of Washington, D.C), David Small, Small, David (illus.), Scholastic Press, 2006, 978-0-439-65077-9,
  • BOOK, Kennedy, Edward M., True Compass, Twelve (publisher), Twelve, 2009, 978-0-446-53925-8,

See also





Print sources

  • BOOK, Bill, Adler, Bill Jr., Adler, The Wit and Wisdom of Ted Kennedy, Pegasus Books, 2009, 1-60598-112-5,weblink
  • BOOK, Gary Allen, Gary, Allen, 1981, Ted Kennedy: In Over His Head, Conservative Press, 0-89245-020-7,
  • BOOK, The Almanac of American Politics, Barone, Michael, Michael Barone (pundit), Richard E. Cohen, Cohen, Richard E., 2008, National Journal Group, Washington, 0-89234-116-5,
  • BOOK, Nellie, Bly, 1996, The Kennedy Men: Three Generations of Sex, Scandal and Secrets, 1-57566-106-3, Kensington Books, New York,
  • BOOK, Richard E., Burke, 1993, The Senator: My Ten Years With Ted Kennedy, St. Martin's Press, 0-312-95133-7,
  • BOOK, James MacGregor, Burns, James MacGregor Burns, Edward Kennedy and the Camelot Legacy, W. W. Norton & Company, New York, 1976, 0-393-07501-X,
  • BOOK, Canellos, Peter S. (ed.) and The Team at The Boston Globe, 2009, The Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy, Simon & Schuster, 1-4391-3817-6,weblink
  • BOOK, Photographers and Writers at The Boston Globe, Ted Kennedy: Scenes from an Epic Life, Simon & Schuster, 2009, 1-4391-3806-0,weblink
  • BOOK, Jimmy, Carter, Jimmy Carter, Keeping Faith: Memoirs of a President, Bantam Books, 1982, 0-553-05023-0,weblink
  • BOOK, Adam, Clymer, Adam Clymer, 1999, Edward M. Kennedy: A Biography, Wm. Morrow & Company, 0-688-14285-0,weblink
  • BOOK, Leo, Damore, 1988, Senatorial Privilege: The Chappaquiddick Cover-Up, Regnery Gateway, 0-89526-564-8,weblink
  • BOOK, Lester, David, Ted Kennedy: Triumphs and Tragedies, 1972, New York, Grosset & Dunlap,
  • BOOK, Lester, David, Good Ted, Bad Ted: The Two Faces of Edward M. Kennedy, 1993, Carol Publishing Corporation, 1-55972-167-7,weblink
  • BOOK, Burton, Hersh, 1972, The Education of Edward Kennedy: A Family Biography, Wm. Morrow & Company, New York,
  • BOOK, Burton, Hersh, 1997, The Shadow President: Ted Kennedy in Opposition, Steerforth Press, 1-883642-30-2,weblink
  • BOOK, Burton, Hersh, 2010, Edward Kennedy: An Intimate Biography, Counterpoint, Berkeley, 1-58243-628-2,weblink
  • BOOK, William H., Honan, William H. Honan, Ted Kennedy: Profile of a Survivor, 1972, New York, Quadrangle Books,
  • BOOK, Ed, Klein, Edward Klein, Ted Kennedy: The Dream That Never Died, Crown Publishing Group, 2009, 0-307-45103-8,weblink
  • BOOK, Lacayo, Richard (ed.) and Editors of Time Magazine, 2009, Ted Kennedy: A Tribute, Time, 1-60320-125-4,
  • BOOK, Leamer, Laurence, The Kennedy Men: 1901–1963, Wm. Morrow & Company, 2001, 0-688-16315-7,weblink
  • BOOK, Leamer, Laurence, Sons of Camelot: The Fate of an American Dynasty, Wm. Morrow & Company, 2004, 0-06-620965-X,
  • BOOK, Lerner, Max, Ted and the Kennedy Legend: A Study in Character and Destiny, St Martins Press, 1980, 0-312-79043-0,weblink
  • BOOK, Murray Levin, Levin, Murray, 1966, Kennedy Campaigning: the System and the Style as Practiced By Senator Edward Kennedy, Beacon Press,
  • BOOK, Levin, Murray, 1980, Edward Kennedy: The Myth of Leadership, 0-395-29249-2, Houghton Mifflin, Boston,
  • BOOK, Lippman, Theo Jr., Senator Ted Kennedy: The Career Behind the Image, W. W. Norton & Company, 1976, 0-393-33526-7,
  • BOOK, Joe McGinniss, McGinnis, Joe, 1993, The Last Brother, Simon & Schuster, 0-671-67945-7,weblink
  • BOOK, Moritz, Charles, Current Biography Yearbook, Current Biography Yearbook 1978, H. W. Wilson Company, 1978,
  • BOOK, Rust, Zad, Teddy Bare: The Last of the Kennedy Clan, Belmont, Massachusetts, Western Islands, 1971,
  • BOOK, USA Today, Ted Kennedy: An American Icon, Triumph Books, 2009, 1-60078-324-4,weblink

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