27 January 2008

One Kennedy On Board For Obama, Another Just About There

(UPDATED: Includes Clinton endorsements from the RFK branch of the Kennedy clan at bottom of this post)

ABC News is reporting that Ted Kennedy will endorse Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination tomorrow.

The original scoop on this belongs to Time magazine, but frankly I've scoured the Time Web site for about 30 minutes now to put up the link and can't find it.

That might explain why the weekly news magazines are having a rough go, even as they try to move into the 21st Century with their own Web sites.

On ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos Obama sidestepped the
question about the anticipated announcement from Kennedy.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton's advisors say they don't think it's true.

The news about Ted Kennedy comes on the heels of an op-ed piece in the New York Times this morning by Caroline Kennedy - daughter of the late President John F. Kennedy - saying she supports Obama because she is inspired by him the way others were inspired by her father.

Sometimes it takes a while to recognize that someone has a special ability to get us to believe in ourselves, to tie that belief to our highest ideals and imagine that together we can do great things. In those rare moments, when such a person comes along, we need to put aside our plans and reach for what we know is possible. We have that kind of opportunity with Senator Obama.

There's more than a little irony here, since a fairly significant presence in the Clinton camp has often said that he himself was inspired by JFK.

UPDATE: The Wall Street Journal's Web site is reporting today that members of the Robert F. Kennedy branch of the Kennedy clan are endorsing Hillary Clinton for the nomination.

Meanwhile, the Boston Globe reports Ted Kennedy's endorsement will involve active campaigning by the Massachusetts senator who plans to concentrate his efforts on Hispanic voters and labor unions.

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