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March 22nd, 2010
01:29 PM ET

Vicki Kennedy visits husband's grave on day of historic vote

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption =" Vicki Kennedy talks with John King Monday about her late husband’s legacy and the passage of health care reform—a goal Sen. Edward Kennedy worked towards for nine terms in the U.S. Senate."]Washington (CNN) – As the House was debating the controversial health care bill Sunday, Vicki Kennedy visited Arlington National Cemetery where she said she "spent some time" with her husband. Arlington is the final resting place for Sen. Edward Kennedy, the Massachusetts Democrat who made health care reform his passion and lifelong goal.

"I thought yesterday was an important day to be there, because I had hope and confidence and certainly, you know, wish that the bill would pass," she said in an exclusive interview with CNN's John King.

The full interview appears on CNN's new political program "John King, USA," which debuts Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

Kennedy talked about a letter her husband wrote in his final days to the President Obama. It said, in part, "When I thought of all the years, all the battles, and all the memories of my long public life, I felt confident in these closing days that while I will not be there when it happens, you will be the president to at long last sign into law the health care reform that is the great unfinished business of our society." Sen. Kennedy added, "It was the cause of my life."

Vicki Kennedy told John King her husband was not sad when he wrote those words, because he "wasn't a man who had self pity, ever."

"He was thinking, 'this is an important thing to do, I won't be here,'" she said.

Kennedy's wife added, "He was certainly hopeful that he would be here. But he said, you know, 'this, I want you to give this letter to the president if I'm not here.'"

President Obama will sign the health care legislation into law tomorrow, two Democratic officials tell CNN. When asked if she'll attend the signing ceremony, Kennedy responded, "I hope so."

Kennedy told King she's certain that once Americans fully understand what's in the bill, they'll embrace it. She described the legislation as a "fantastic victory for the American people," and praised Obama and congressional Democrats. And Kennedy noted that her late husband "fought for more than 40 years" to try and get health care reform passed and that it "had finally come to a victory."

Following her husband's death, there was much speculation that Kennedy might try to succeed him, but she decided against it. Scott Brown, a Massachusetts Republican, won the special election to fill the remaining three years of Sen. Kennedy's term, in part because of his opposition to health care. So, is she looking at challenging Brown in 2012? Tune in at 7 p.m. ET to hear Kennedy's thoughts.

soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. Roger Cyr

    The white wealthy Americans with the help of the Insurance companies brought out the real lack of democracy in the States and racism is still as strong as ever disguised as the tea party, Limbaugh. Dobbs, Fox news. etc. As aCanadian who knows so many nice Americans it makes me sad to see a so call superpower be so out of touch with the rest of the world. Enough hatred as been created by the news media to guarantee that the best President they ever had will be killed before his term ends. But they will not be able to take away that he cared enough to give over 30 million people the basic right to health care, the last industrialized country to do so. God bless America because they sure need it. Roger Cyr

    March 22, 2010 at 1:48 pm |
  2. Peter Sulureh

    Hi John,

    After I have read the letter from the late Kennedy concerning the passing of the Health Bill, I cried for this man who had sacrificed everything and his life for the people of this country. We have hope
    that the Bill will pass. Ed, We ask Almighty God to be with you and that your wishes will come to pass. May your soul rest in perfect peace.

    March 22, 2010 at 3:12 pm |
  3. steve

    his cause? ya, he left a woman dead in a ditch. he's a real hero.

    March 22, 2010 at 3:20 pm |
  4. lama

    love obama yes can yes we did

    March 22, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
  5. Katherine Riebe

    I am so glad this healthcare bill passed. I'm sure Kennedy is very happy to have it passed too, since he worked so hard for so many years to get it going. Kudos to the Obama Administration for never giving up!

    March 22, 2010 at 3:22 pm |
  6. Wm Scot Ellis Tacoma Washington

    A great legacy for a great legislator. He should be in great company with his brothers and what they did for our country !

    March 22, 2010 at 3:22 pm |
  7. Karen

    oh brother

    March 22, 2010 at 3:24 pm |
  8. paul peabody

    I was very moved by Edward Kennedys' memoir,,,an incredible history lesson and of what moved and motivated him throughout his life. I am happy for her,,our country ,,,I suspect that the naysayers ,the people of "no" are on their last legs,,,things are finally truly beginning to look up after an incredibly trying year. God Bless his work for this country and thanks for his lifetime of service.

    March 22, 2010 at 3:25 pm |
  9. Steve

    Health care was Ted Kennedy's cause? I thought molesting coeds was his cause.

    March 22, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
  10. Lono

    I wonder if the Kopechne's visited Mary Jo's grave to "visit" while the debate is going on. I guess Teddy got a better standard of care than she did in her hour of need. . .

    March 22, 2010 at 3:33 pm |
  11. Sonia moodie

    It is indeed a victory for all Americans that this Bill is passed.
    Those who oppose, should stop their bickering and work with the
    present administration to make this a better country.

    March 22, 2010 at 3:33 pm |
  12. foolindeed1

    Japan (#2 economy in the world) has the longest healthy life expectancy on Earth and spends half (in percent of GDP) as much on health care as the United States. Japan has universal health care system. Everyone in Japan is required to get a health insurance policy, either at work or through a community-based insurer. The government picks up the tab for those who are too poor. It's a model of social insurance that is used in many wealthy countries. But it's definitely not "socialized medicine." Eighty percent of Japan's hospitals are privately owned — more than in the United States — and almost every doctor's office is a private business. The Japanese go to the doctor about three times as often as Americans. Because there are no gatekeepers, they can see any specialist they want. Japanese patients also stay in the hospital much longer than Americans, on average. They love technology such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI); they have nearly twice as many scans per capita as Americans do. The Japanese Health Ministry tightly controls the price of health care down to the smallest detail. Every two years, the health care industry and the health ministry negotiate a fixed price for every procedure and every drug. That helps keep premiums to around $280 a month for the average Japanese family, and Japan's employers pick up at least half of that.
    If you lose your job, you keep your health insurance.
    Japanese insurers are a lot more accommodating than their American counterparts. For one thing, they can't deny a claim. And they have to cover everybody. Even an applicant with heart disease can't be turned down, that is forbidden. Nor do health care plans covering basic health care for workers and their families make a profit. Anything left over is carried over to the next year. If the carryover was big, then the premium rate would go down.
    No one in Japan goes broke because of medical expenses.
    Personal bankruptcy due to medical expenses is unheard of in Japan.

    March 22, 2010 at 3:34 pm |
  13. Paul

    Thank you, Teddy.

    March 22, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  14. ducky

    Are you kidding? Ted Kennedy was a womanizer who made a mockery of his marriage and now his widow comes out in public proud to have been married to him. Ugg. That's just gross. And this is on front page of CNN!

    March 22, 2010 at 3:37 pm |
  15. Rebecca

    "Though I wish my father could been there in body as well as spirit, I could not be more pleased that this effort, to reform our nation’s health care system, was accomplished during my tenure here. " Was very much moved by Rep. Patrick Kennedy's speech on the floor yesterday. He was visibly filled with such a passion for this bill. When he spoke it was almost like a roar that made the House floor tremble... much like his father.

    March 22, 2010 at 3:38 pm |
  16. kathy

    bull and crap

    March 22, 2010 at 3:39 pm |
  17. Jason

    Good to know this Kennedy was never in touch with the American people.- reminds me of Obama. Thinks he knows what's best, thinks he knows what Americans need, yet poll after poll after poll shows at least 70% of Americans are against this reform. How is Obama acting in the best interests of the nation, when every single poll I find proves American's want the opposite? Granted, these aren't door to door polls, and I'm sure there are many people voting over and over again. However, the bare minimum seems to be 70% against, 30% for. How is this even open for debate?! Also....what happened to the Constitution, and it's idea of limited Government? We love to quote the Constitution when it serves our specific purpose, yet we don't want to use it as the "ground zero" for our country any more.

    March 22, 2010 at 3:46 pm |
  18. brian

    If Kennedy was really the "devout Catholic" that he posed as, then Vicki was no more than his mistress-Joan was, and remained, HIS ONLY WIFE.

    That SOB tortured that poor woman for their entire marriage with his philandering, his drunkenness, and his mental and physical abuse.
    If there is a just God, Teddy burns in Hell.

    March 22, 2010 at 3:47 pm |
  19. David

    I know that Ted Kennedy fought all of his political life for health care. He know that this was the right thing to do. I wish that he had lived to see this day. But, I believe that he knows.

    March 22, 2010 at 3:47 pm |
  20. Bones McCoy

    He's dead Jim.....

    March 22, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  21. Michael.Shea

    It's to bad that Ted Kennedy didn't live long enough to see "HEALTHCARE REFORM" become law . I personally think they should name it " The Edward M. Kennedy Memorial Health Care Act."

    Healthcare Reform was Senator Kennedy's mission while serving in the United States Senate.

    I have been a Kennedy loyalist all my life I worked on the presidential Campaigns of all three brothers. I was saddened whe Carolyn Kennedy didn't become the next US Senator from New York.

    I am hopeful that Reggie Kennedy will challenge Scott Brown in three years and bring that seat back to the Kennedys where it belongs.

    With Patrick Kennedy stepping down from the Congress we have no Kennedys left in either the House or Senate. It"s a pretty lonely place without a Kennedy serving.

    March 22, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
  22. Michael Paul

    I really don't believe the American Public gives a flip about doing this for the infamous Mr. Kennedy. He demonstrated his compassion for his fellow Americans July 18, 1969 at Chappaquiddick Island.

    March 22, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  23. ADA

    So her late husband "fought for more then 40 years" for economic Fascism in health care? Like we didn't already have too much of it even before this bill.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
  24. VoiceofReason

    Once again, the liberal elite figure the American people are too stupid to make decisions on their own. "Kennedy told King she's certain that once Americans fully understand what's in the bill, they'll embrace it." Translated... the people are stupid.

    Fortunately, our founding fathers did not believe this, which is why they fought so hard to ensure individual rights and recognized them as natural rights to be protected and not rights granted by any government.

    The Daily Telegraph in Britain got it right when this is a sad day for freedom in America.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:04 pm |
  25. Eileen

    It's very sad that Teddy didn't witness this historic event. He deserves much of the credit - after all, it was Ted that made sure the "dream will never die."

    Thank you, Vicki, for all you've done to support Ted's lifelong fight for health care reform and for all you're doing now to honor his memory. I do hope you run for senate in 2012, not just because you're Ted's wife, but because I truly believe you're the best woman for the job. Good luck!

    March 22, 2010 at 4:08 pm |
  26. Matt Frenette

    Congratulations America! I am a Canadian citizen living in the USA now for almost two years with my American wife and children. I am in my mid fifties and now I can consider getting my American citizenship in 4 years.
    Having lived my whole life in Canada with medical for EVERYONE at a price we can all afford, this is the best news we've heard for our family since we moved to the wonderful US of A! Way to Go President Obama!
    Sincerely, Matt Frenette

    March 22, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
  27. Tommy

    I dont think it is a victory for the American people, I think we just got screwed and taxes will raise big time to cover this crap

    March 22, 2010 at 4:11 pm |
  28. Outlier

    How old is she? Eddie had some low eyes....

    March 22, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  29. mh

    I wonder how Mary Jo Kopechne would have voted? Kennedy was a terrible person – good riddance to bad rubbish.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  30. Bob

    Did he mention anything about the young lady he left for dead in a ditch. When you liberals parade Ted Kennedy's wife out for gloating on this over sized health care bill please make sure you ask her how she thinks Mary Jo would have felt about it!!!!!

    March 22, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  31. Cayce

    Did you visit Mary Jo's grave too,you know the girl your husband drove off the bridge and left,only to report it the next day?

    March 22, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  32. Oh Please

    Kennedy was an idiot loser in my opinion. He must have had that brain issue all his life. That is the only way you can explain some of the stupid crap the man did. America is better off with him out of office, too bad he died but at least he is out of politics.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  33. b orn

    Vickie, WE voted against Dead Ted when a Republican was elected in Ma. You are delusional. The people of Ma., not a carpetbagger, like yourself would understand that.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
  34. LacrosseMom

    Congratulations AMERICA, when this Bill is law, you wont......

    Have to die needlessly because you do not have healthcare.

    Have to lose everything you have worked hard for all your life because the healthcare bills are too high and you must file bankruptcy.

    Have to worry if you lose your healthcare, you can buy into government healthcare.

    Have to worry because your child is born with a preexisting condition.

    Don't be fooled by the GOP lies!

    March 22, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  35. Barbara in Florida

    Not to speak ill of the dead, BUT, Ted Kennedy was a bad man. He was a womanizer, he killed Mary Jo, he as his brothers before him, all lied, cheated to get what they wanted. Their father was the one that got John into the White House. the story goes on. No pity for the deceased. Feel sorry for his wife and for Patrick, altho' he is just another drunken, drugged Kennedy. Money = power and they had plenty of both. John F w/Marilyn Monroe and others. Ted just followed in their footsteps. Joseph Kennedy was an evil man. Poor Rose and Rosemary. Poor Joan, Ted did her wrong! Such an evil family!!!

    March 22, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  36. Me

    Her husband's "life-long dream?" I thought that was to do two chicks at the same time.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  37. J

    I can tell you that the late Mr. Kennedy would not be getting the same health care the rest of us will be getting for our IRS mandated premiums. And with all the health care money could buy, it still wasn't enough for him. That in itself should speak volumes about this insurance/extortion health care bill.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
  38. SoCalGal

    Teddie should be exhumbed and entombed in Europe where socialists reside alive and not. Vicki can sit there by his grave permanently.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  39. j

    With all due respect, this bill was about what the PEOPLE / CITIZENS / REGISTERED VOTERS OF THE UNITED STATES want... no Ted Kennedy.
    The democrats blatantly have their own agenda, instead of what WE THE PEOPLE want... now and future generations.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
  40. Laura Walker

    I am positive Senator Kennedy was right in that room while the vote was being taken.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  41. Laurie Scher

    I think this Health Care Reform Bill should be named in honor of Ted Kennedy

    March 22, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  42. Obdulio Alvarez

    It is clear that....the republican do not work for their country they only work for their own ego as long as they boicot any good project in favor of us they are happy we the tax payer should let them be without medical benefits not one month,not one year but for one term,let them pay for their own transportation to work as we do it,so them they may start working for us we the tax payer ;;;; we are their employers and you media use the freedom of speech and let them here our complete messages do not cut it them they may stop been selfish.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  43. Jack

    You can put this bill right next to Kennedy's wonderful immigration bill that has done so much for this Nations immigration rights....both will go down in infamy together as such sterling examples of how not to do legislature.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  44. darthSteven

    I didnt know he supported forcing the fit to pay for the weak. just like nature intended

    March 22, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  45. Tobias

    Amazing and strong woman she is.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  46. Obdulio Alvarez

    as parents of three children with more than $60.000 a year we can afford it to pay those expensive by abusers insurances companies medical benefits only dental and visions let our beautiful country give us what we deserve. thanks.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  47. Gag

    Repulsive story of a repulsive man.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  48. Leigh

    Senator Kennedy is sorely missed and he "should" have been here to hold the torch across the Finish line... he deserved that and so much more !
    Thank you Vicki for keeping his spirit alive for all of us, we should all be so blessed to have a man like that in our lives.

    I hope you are well and at peace.
    God Bless

    March 22, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  49. Erick


    March 22, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  50. Brickell Princess

    Now Vicki shows up! She shows up now after she turned down her husband's seat. Girl please! Learn some magic and do a disappearing trick!

    March 22, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  51. Earl Cameron

    This is a great victory for Ted Kennedy. With the passage of healthcare reform we are breathing new life into America. Thank you Ted for putting your country and the American people first. For the thousands of confirmed and undebatable humans dying right now because of our inaccessible health care system, thank you for standing up to the Republicans and insurance companies!

    March 22, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  52. Mae Victoria

    What a load of crap! Listen to Alex Jones for the truth! I'll bet I'll be censored by the commie lovers! Obey your masters you sheep!

    March 22, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  53. Mark L.

    God Bless You ALWAYS, Vicki Kennedy !! And may the late, GREAT Senator Edward Kennedy ALWAYS Rest in Eternal, Heavenly Peace !! God Only Knows, the late Senator Ted Kennedy would have been a Very Happy Man today...{:o)

    March 22, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  54. Mark

    Well at least we dont have to Pay for Ted Kennedy's health bills anymore... a couple of years we paid his salary when we was a no show and all his health bills. And soon we wont have to pay for Patrick Kennedy's health bills.. his long absent from the job for drug rehab while still paying his salary. At least thats something.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  55. Ed

    This story is nothing but fluff. You should have left this part of the site blank for all it's worth.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  56. SKS

    In the dark days of Bangladesh’s struggle from independence from Pakistan, it was Senator Kennedy's support for the cause that gave many of us hope. It is a forgotten truth that the Hindus in Bangladesh (then East Pakistan) were targeted by Pakistani army as well as many local Muslims. We lost everything we owned and left wearing the clothes on our backs. For 6 months I lived in a small boat that was barely 6 feet wide along with 5 family members of my sister when their house was burnt down by the Pakistani army. We had little money for food but the #1 priority was batteries for the radio so we could listen to Voice of America on Senator Kennedy's fight to help us. It would be hard for anyone to even imagine what beacon of hope for a better tomorrow the Senator brought to me and many of us.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  57. Mike

    I had the unfortunate experience of meeting Vicki while her husband was receiving care in the hospital. Working as an RN for the past 3 years, I have never met a more pretentious women in my life. She belittled the nursing staff while her husband received care, calling the nurses "barbaric" while they performed their assessment of her failing husband. She has no idea how that comment stuck with the nursing staff. I for one will never think of Vicki as a tasteful classy women. She is a self indulgent, disgraceful prentender who only acres about she self and doesnt deserve the recogntion she obtains. She owes me and many others an apology.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  58. Sheila

    We should all remember and thank Senator Ted Kennedy for his decades of work to bring about health care reform. If Vicki Kennedy would consider running for office, we would be lucky to have such a smart, competent woman continue his good work.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  59. Robert P. Doyle SR

    The Kennedy Family is an American Icon. They know well the adage of Congress being a polar opposite of Progress.
    We are a Nation of lost demons trying to self-destruct for a lack of true spiritual values. After eight years of a Bushit War, it is past time to end the illegal actions promoted by the Proverbeal Prophets of damnation . End of illegal taxes would best begin by removing tax exempt benefits to the C Street Gang.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  60. Charlotte Kennedy/Thorngren

    Well, It seems to me that what I have heard, is that Mass. Health care is in danger. Mass. can't pay the bills! It has gotten out of hand. Mass. is in debt, and that the Government now is paying the bills. I am so sorry about it all, It was unfore seen. Why won't the truth come out?

    So Sad of your loss.
    Charlotte Kennedy

    March 22, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  61. JefeNH

    Go to hell.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  62. Sue

    Gosh, when I think of Ted Kennedy, all I can think of is a young girl drowning, and him being addicted to drugs for years and years. I certainly don't think about health care.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  63. clement, irving, tx

    i am really glad the bil was pass, it was something sen.kennedy want and he work real hard on it to .

    March 22, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  64. alumette

    It still has to pass the Senate. Right? I hope it does and it should. It is time we move on to progress. We have regressed for so long! Ted Kennedy is feeling mighty happy right now. RIP brother, things are moving along.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  65. perryrants

    and i say, why should i care? this is america where we should not have "lords" to remember.

    that was the beauty of american politics. it was the office not the officer.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  66. Tara LaMonte

    AMAZING!!! Obama is AWESOME and I am so glad that Kennedy's dream was finally fulfilled. It's unfortunate that he was unable to be here physically, but he is here in spirit:)

    March 22, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  67. Gwen

    I'm so happy that President Obama got the healthcare bill passed – I'm just sad that Senator Kennedy couldn't have been here to see it happen. Rest in peace Senator Kennedy, you deserve to.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  68. oldbrownshoe

    the problem with medicine is the out of control spending, now it's socialized and still out of control. i had no idea kennedy's dream was to socialize america. america rose to be the greatest country in the history of the world because it was free. free to dream and free to do. this is another nail its it coffin.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  69. SteveinSunset

    So Ted's lifelong dream was to destroy our economy and the quality of our healthcare in one feel swoop? Well that makes my lifelong dream of being able to support my family seem a little smallminded by comparison I have to admit.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  70. Karen

    God bless you Vicki. It is a difficult time for you.
    I only wish they would name this health bill, the "Kennedy Act."
    That would complete the cycle.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  71. gary

    What a great legacy, the socialization of both the Health Care system and education finance in one vote, no thanks. It was sure a historic vote but for all the wrong reasons.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  72. Sue

    WHO is this Vicki who appeared on the political scne only after dating a married man who desertd his long suffering wife after all of his disgraceful marriage fiascos. Leaving his children destroyed/devastated and violated ALL of his so called religious principles to disgrace hsis entire family!!!! What the heck is she doing in this forum of governmnt with NO, NO credentials – except sshe married a divorced man who disgraced himself!!!

    March 22, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  73. jim

    I personally think that Ted kenedy should not have been buried in a place that TRUE hero's have been buried. What has he done to deserve a honor likre this? It sure has'nt been as a role model(remember Chapaquidic?

    March 22, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  74. Mensavi Dangbuie

    I'm glad of this victory not for Obama , but for American people who does not understand the haelth care reform. This means again the Almithy God loves America and gives to them what they need at this moment. Thanks you God. I thanks the Democrates congres for thier undersdanding act for America people. Again OBAMA thanks you. Good luck for the reste of your great jobs you and your surrounding. But one things I have to mention is do never accept abotion.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  75. Dvaid

    I am not American but it worth praising Ted Kennedy for his extraordinary work and care for the disadvantaged people who are going to be the primary beneficiaries of this legislation.

    May the almighty God bless his soul and his children to carry the same touch that the three brothers have been crying for the last many years. Thanks to president Obama for his hard work as well. God bless you all.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  76. MidwestGreen

    I noticed he lost his seat really quick to a republican running against health care.
    I don't think he was able to make up for killing that young girl ever.
    I would respect him if he gave all his money to charity to support health care otherwise it is just pure lip service. His wife could give it all away for the cause and maybe earn my respect. She would still have healthcare.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  77. Funny

    I thought he lived his dream, drinking and womenizing...

    March 22, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  78. Art Wine

    Thank You ! Democrats have demonstrated people first not politics.

    The Republican have never been for the middle class. Republicans are for big business ,excessive tax breaks and tax shelters.

    Republicans don't want to pay taxes . Republican's say " Health care is not a right" if you can' pay for it do without.

    What about the people who lost everything trying to pay for coverage.

    Only wealth people should vote Republican . When the middle class vote for Republicans they are voting against their on best interest.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  79. Kathy, Andover

    Looking forward to the interview with Vicki Kennedy.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  80. Carol

    So sorry he wasn't physically here to be a part of this – but no matter – his name will always be associated with this Victory!!!!

    March 22, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  81. ThankYouToTKennedy

    He was a good man, an HONORABLE who thought of ordinary Americans and fought for them through his life! Behind him is his wonderful wife, Vicki! Thank you Both for your supports to the ordinary American people!

    March 22, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  82. Steve Mial

    Wouldn't it be fitting for Mrs Kennedy, "The Woman Who Changes My Life-chapter 21 in the book "True Compass", would run and win in the 2012 elections to sure that the work goes relative to health care reform for this great country....

    March 22, 2010 at 6:38 pm |