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article imageWhy Ted Kennedy Endorsed Obama Instead of Clinton

By Can Tran     Jan 31, 2008 in Politics
The liberal icon known as Ted Kennedy was infuriated by comments made about former US President Lyndon B. Johnson by US Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton. As a result, Kennedy chose to endorse Barack Obama instead.
It is apparent that there is more than meets the eye with the endorsement of US Democratic hopeful Barack Obama made by Senator Ted Kennedy. It looks as if the endorsement given to Obama was perceived at the slight of the civil rights legacy made by the Kennedy Family made by Hillary Clinton.
According to sources, Ted Kennedy kept his fury at Clinton private. The fury was attributed to her praise of former President Lyndon Baines Johnson for getting the 1964 Civil Rights Act accomplished. Kennedy had felt that the comments were an implicit slight and belittlement of his assassinated brother President John F. Kennedy. JFK had proposed the initiative in a famous address in June of 1963 which was televised.
One source that was anonymous said that Kennedy had a “meltdown;” in reaction to Clinton’s comments. According to another source, Senator Kennedy was upset about two things that had occurred on the same day of campaigning in New Hampshire, one day before the state’s primary.
Also, insiders say that he was also angry with the themed comments made by former US President Bill Clinton while on the campaign trail. During the endorsement speech at American University on Monday, Kennedy did not hide his disdain for the tone of the campaign.
Melissa Wagoner, spokeswoman for Ted Kennedy said she would neither confirm nor deny that he was angered by Clinton’s LBJ comments. Wagoner said: “Senator Kennedy knows that candidates can’t always be responsible for the things their supporters say. He’s proud of President Kennedy’s role in the civil rights movement, and believes that it’s time to unify and inspire Americans to believe we can achieve great things again.”
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