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Ted Kennedy’s Appearance Rocks Convention Hall

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Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), who is suffering from brain cancer, delivered a powerful speech at the Democratic National Convention, causing tears to flow, hearts to pound and hands to clap wildly. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), who is suffering from brain cancer, leaving the stage, where he delivered a powerful speech at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, which delegates said brought them to tears. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

By Samuel Rubenfeld

SENIOR NEWS EDITOR

DENVER–Sen. Ted Kennedy’s (D-Mass.) appearance here rocked the convention hall, bringing many delegates to tears with a short, impassioned speech echoing his legendary remarks from the 1980 Democratic National Convention.

Following a tribute video introduced by his niece Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, it confirmed a myriad of media reports and chatter across the Web indicating he would show, defying the advice of doctors who said the trip would be too much for him.

“My fellow Democrats, my fellow Americans, it is so wonderful to be here,” Kennedy said, to thunderous applause. “And nothing – nothing is going to keep me away from this special gathering tonight.”

Kennedy is suffering from brain cancer, something discovered after having a seizure in May. He is undergoing chemotherapy treatment, which weakens the immune system.

Obama received critical support from Kennedy early on in the campaign season: many political analysts credited Kennedy’s endorsement prior to the Super Tuesday primaries as one of the key reasons Obama defeated his primary rival, Hillary Clinton.

Since the endorsement, Obama basked in the Kennedy legacy.

On Monday night, Kennedy struck a triumphant tone, vowing to be on the Senate floor “when we begin the great test” of governing.

Kennedy waved away criticism of Obama being too high-concept and elitist by comparing his rhetoric to that of his slain brother, former President John Kennedy.

“We are told that Barack Obama believes too much in an America of high principle and bold endeavor, but when John Kennedy called of going to the moon, he didn’t say it’s too far to get there, we shouldn’t even try,” he said. “Our people answered his call and rose to the challenge, and today an American flag still marks the surface of the moon.”

The speech brought delegates and guests to tears, they said as they walked out of the convention hall later Monday night.

Prior to his speaking, campaign aides handed out blue signs emblazoned with, simply, “Kennedy.” The signs were on full display throughout the speech, which had guests on the upper deck on their feet, screaming with applause.

Kennedy’s rhetorical flair – and his iconic words ending his own campaign in 1980 – were on full display Monday night, his health notwithstanding.

“This November the torch will be passed again to a new generation of Americans, so with Barack Obama and for you and for me, our country will be committed to his cause. The work begins anew. The hope rises again. And the dream lives on.”

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Written by chroniclenews

August 26, 2008 at 12:50 am

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