Kennedys Endorse Obama; JFK Comparisons Fly

Caroline and Ted see candidate generating new hope
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2008 12:17 PM CST
A security guard watches Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., address a crowd of over 9,000 during a rally in Birmingham, Ala., Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Ted Kennedy endorsed Barack Obama today, making repeated references to JFK and calling the Illinois senator someone “who appeals to the hopes of those who still believe in the American dream.” At a Washington, DC, rally, the Camelot heir picked apart Hillary Clinton’s criticisms, saying Obama’s war opposition was beyond challenge and proclaiming him "ready to be president on Day 1."

Kennedy said Obama’s “extraordinary gifts of leadership and character” echoed JFK’s New Frontier, the AP reports. The Massachusetts senator will stump in several states holding primaries on Super Tuesday, focusing on Latino and union voters. Kennedy’s niece Caroline also spoke, declaring Obama the “one candidate who offers that same sense of hope” that her father instilled. (Read more Barack Obama stories.)