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Kennedy Can't Wait

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Today's Boston Globe reports that Ted Kennedy, probably the highest-profile supporter John Kerry has for another presidential bid, is getting antsy:

"I was under more of the impression before that he was going to run and was waiting in time [to declare his candidacy], but now he's deferred that decision," Kennedy said. "I have no plans of supporting anyone else at this juncture. I'm also not going to just wait indefinitely until he's made a judgment or a decision."

In the same interview, Kennedy larded Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama with praise:

"You'd have to say that there's a number of people who are out there -- Barack and Hillary, if Barack runs and Hillary runs -- they're obviously very formidable figures," said Kennedy.
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"They're obviously having a good deal of appeal, because I think that's what people want to hear about," he added. "They are ringing the bells, because they're talking about what people were, I think, concerned about during the course of the [congressional] election."

Of course, Clinton and Obama don't necessarily need Kennedy's support. Kerry does.

P.S. It's interesting that Kennedy didn't mention John Edwards. Although Kennedy endorsed Kerry in '04, there was speculation at the time that he actually preferred Edwards and that he only went with Kerry because it would have been bad form for him not to endorse his fellow Senator from Massachusetts.

--Jason Zengerle

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