Today was a big day for Barack Obama’s campaign to bring “change we can believe in,” as Ted Kennedy, Caroline Kennedy and Patrick Kennedy took to the stage at American University to endorse Obama.
It was reported that “before the Iowa caucuses, Mr. Kennedy had planned to stay out of the race,” but Kennedy became increasingly impressed with Obama’s candidacy and he decided to cast aside “his long history of working” with the Clinton’s, to support Obama as the “change” candidate.
There’s plenty of musing today in the news and the blogosphere on why Ted Kennedy’s endorsement matters. Although I’ve made the personal choice to support Hillary Clinton, make no mistake, I see this as a huge boost to Obama’s campaign.
There’s video and text of Caroline Kennedy, Ted Kennedy and Barack Obama’s speechs today here. In his speech today, Kennedy made it clear that he respects that “strength, the work and dedication of two other Democrats still in the race, Hillary Clinton and John Edwards.”
They are my friends; they have been my colleagues in the Senate. John Edwards has been a powerful advocate for economic and social justice. And Hillary Clinton has been in the forefront on issues ranging from health care to the rights of women around the world. Whoever is our nominee will have my enthusiastic support.
Time will tell just how much Kennedy’s endorsement will help Obama. Kennedy is set to hit the ground running and campaign for Obama in many of the Tsunami Tuesday states but as Joe Gandelman points out as the polls show, “Super Tuesday is said to favor Clinton.”
Throughout my entire life, hailing originally from the great state of Massachusetts, I have considered myself to be a Kennedy (and Kerry) Democrat, but today I disagree with Ted Kennedy’s assertion that Obama’s campaign is a “different kind of campaign — not just about himself, but about all of us.”
Each of the candidates has inspired similar ideals in this primary race, in my opinion. Not just Barack Obama. When Hillary Clinton states, “I am listening,” when Hillary Clinton states this election is “about the people,” she makes it clear that this election is “about all of us.” And she does so with a full grasp of the issues at stake, the clearest platform on the issues and the experience to get the job done.
I said here yesterday that in this election, “change will come no matter who our nominee is.” I stand by that.