Senator Ted Kennedy will endorse Barack Obama tomorrow. The announcement of intention to endorse Obama comes in the wake of JFK’s daughter, Caroline Kennedy endorsing Obama in a N.Y. Times OP/ED today.
Ted Kennedy is “breaking his year-long neutrality” after John Kerry dropped out of the race, “to send a powerful signal of where the legendary Massachusetts Democrat sees the party going — and who he thinks is best to lead it.”
Kennedy confidantes told the Globe today that the Bay State’s senior senator will appear with Obama and Kennedy’s niece, Caroline Kennedy, at a morning rally at American University in Washington tomorrow to announce his support.
That will be a potentially significant boost for Obama as he heads into a series of critical primaries on Super Tuesday, Feb. 5.
Kennedy believes Obama can “transcend race” and bring unity to the country, a Kennedy associate told the Globe. Kennedy was also impressed by Obama’s deep involvement last year in the bipartisan effort to craft legislation on immigration reform, a politically touchy subject the other presidential candidates avoided, the associate said.
The endorsements from Ted and Caroline Kennedy show a chasm in the thinking of the Kennedy family, as RFK’s son, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr, endorsed Hillary Clinton in late November and his sisters, Kathleen and Kerry are also endorsing Hillary Clinton.
Ted Kennedy was reported to have recently expressed unease over the Clinton’s questioning Obama’s position on various issues. Hillary Clinton said today on Face the Nation that she “would not back off from taking shots” at her Obama’s positions, saying, “It’s important we draw these contrasts.”
“The idea that somehow someone’s record, someone’s words are off-limits, I’ve never seen that in American politics,” Senator Clinton added.
The idea that the Republican’s won’t be looking closely at Obama’s record on the issues because he’s courting their support doesn’t wash.