Ted Kennedy, 1932-2009
Late U.S. Senator (D) Massachusetts
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K Street: Money and Power

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K Street: Money and Power

Ted Kennedy, 1932-2009

Senator Edward M. Kennedy represented Massachusetts in the United States Senate for forty-six years. He was elected in 1962 to finish the final two years of the Senate term of his brother, Senator John F. Kennedy, who was elected President in 1960.  Ted Kennedy was re-elected to seven full terms.

Throughout his career, Kennedy fought for issues that benefited the citizens of Massachusetts and the nation. His primary focus was making quality health care accessible and affordable to every American, but he was also active in education reform and immigration reform, raising the minimum wage, defending the rights of workers and their families, strengthening civil rights, assisting individuals with disabilities, fighting for cleaner water and cleaner air, and protecting and strengthening Social Security and Medicare.

Kennedy died after a long battle with brain cancer on  August 25, 2009.  He was 77. 

Transcript

Ted Kennedy: Probably the most dramatic change has been sort of the power of money in politics.  I’m a longstanding supporter of public financing.  I think people ought to be accountable to their constituents and not accountable to the contributors.  That’s still a battle that has to be worked through in the Congress.

 

Recorded on: September 14, 2007


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