Senator John Kerry is reported to currently be at Massachusetts General Hospital with Senator Kennedy and members of the Kennedy family. Via my contact in Senator Kerry’s office, his press office has released the following statement in regards to Senator Edward Kennedy:
“Ted Kennedy is beloved and respected on both sides of the aisle in the Senate in which he’s been a giant for close to half a century, a legend in Massachusetts, and a dear friend to me and Teresa. He’s also been a fighter who has overcome adversity again and again with courage, grit, and determination. Teresa and I are praying for Teddy, Vicki and all of his family and we know that everyone in Massachusetts and people throughout the nation pray for a full and speedy recovery for a man whose life’s work has touched millions upon millions of lives.”
I was actually stunned to see the headlines about Ted Kennedy this morning, because I had been discussing the ’04 election with friends last night and talking about Ted Kennedy’s role in supporting John Kerry. One of my fondest memories of working on Kerry’s campaign is attending an event in Nashua, NH, in the last days before the NH primary, where Ted Kennedy spoke and introduced Kerry, as though he was introducing a prize fighter. I’ll never forget the moment when he roared, “And I bring you the next president of the United States, John Kerry.”
Again… God Speed Senator Kennedy — We need you back in the Senate.