Ted Kennedy's place in the Clinton-Obama race

08/26/09 Mitch E. Perry
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It was only in the last year that Ted Kennedy slipped away somewhat from the national scene.

He suffered a seizure in May of 2008. His doctors determined the cause was a malignant glioma, a brain tumor that often carries a grim prognosis. But earlier in the year, the battle between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for President became one of the most interesting and historic in a generation, if not ever, and Kennedy was a major player in that drama.

As Dan Balz and Haynes Johnson write in their new book, “The Battle for America 2008: The Story of An Extraordinary Election”, both Clinton and Obama desperately wanted his endorsement in the extremely close election.

Not only Hillary, but also Bill Clinton was calling Kennedy constantly for the endorsement. But as Washington Post reporter Dan Balz told WMNF earlier this month, Clinton’s divisive comments on race, especially after the primary in South Carolina, offended Senator Kennedy, and made it easier for him to endorse then-Senator Barack Obama.

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