Obama Called Ted Kennedy Old
It’s unlikely Senator Ted Kennedy will endorse his colleague Barack Obama after a video became public of Obama calling the Senior Senator from Massachusetts “old”.
The video, obtained by the liberal Web site Huffington Post, depicts Obama speaking at an AFL-CIO forum in 2003, when he was an Illinois state senator running for the U.S. Senate.
At the time, Congress was considering a bill providing prescription drugs to seniors. Obama felt the bill wasted billions of dollars in payoffs to drug companies and denied seniors a real choice on prescription medications. He also felt Kennedy was not showing enough political backbone on the issue.
“We’ve got to call up not just Republicans,” said Obama, “but we got to call up Ted Kennedy and say, ‘Ted, you’re getting a little old now, and you’ve been a fighter for us before. I don’t know what’s happening now. Ted, get some spine and stand up to the Republicans.’”
Kennedy helped worked out a bipartisan compromise that President Bush signed into law.
Do you think it was Edwards or Clinton that fed the video to the Huffington Post?
BTW, Mary Jo Kopechne could not be reached for comment.