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Kennedy denies affair with Kopechne in new memoir
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Posted on 09/03/2009 6:06:25 PM PDT by steven33442

WASHINGTON – Sen. Edward M. Kennedy said in a new book that he was not romantically involved with young Mary Jo Kopechne and that he never escaped the despair he felt after she died in the 1969 car crash that has been seared into the national consciousness as "Chappaquiddick." He acknowledged that he enjoyed women and drink — sometimes too much so — but said reports of wild Kennedy excesses were exaggerated. Yet it was the specter of Chappaquiddick that Edward Kennedy, the youngest brother, never could shake. "That night on Chappaquiddick Island ended in a horrible tragedy that haunts me every day of my life," Kennedy wrote in a memoir, "True Compass," to be published posthumously on Sept. 14. The Massachusetts senator died last week at 77 following a yearlong battle with brain cancer. Kennedy said his Catholic faith helped sustain him as he wrestled with guilt over the events of July 18, 1969, when he drove a car off a bridge into a pond on the tiny island. His own anguish, he said, paled in comparison with the suffering endured by Kopechne's family.

Amid the regrets, Kennedy asserted his zest for what he considered to be the good life, but he mocked the exaggerated reports of his personal excesses. "I have enjoyed the company of women," he wrote. Kennedy drove off a bridge into a pond. He swam to safety, leaving Kopechne in the car. Kopechne, 28, a former worker with Robert Kennedy's campaign, was found dead in the submerged car's back seat 10 hours later. Kennedy, then 37, pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and got a suspended sentence and probation.

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1 posted on 09/03/2009 6:06:25 PM PDT by steven33442
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To: steven33442

I forget, how does one spell “is”?


2 posted on 09/03/2009 6:08:36 PM PDT by tired1 (When the Devil eats you there's only one way out.)
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To: steven33442
A liar until the end.

At least he was consistent.

3 posted on 09/03/2009 6:08:37 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: steven33442
Kennedy's Memoirs.A book of Lies and Deceptions.
4 posted on 09/03/2009 6:08:50 PM PDT by puppypusher (The world is going to the Dogs.)
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To: puppypusher

Last week he was lying in repose. This week he is lying from his grave.


5 posted on 09/03/2009 6:10:37 PM PDT by steven33442
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To: puppypusher

Saint Sen. Kennedy (D-MA) enjoyed making jokes about his manslaughter of Mary Jo Kopechne so says Ed Klein, former Newsweek editor.

Audio Proof: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaiTipTtbak


6 posted on 09/03/2009 6:11:50 PM PDT by WaterBoard (Eventually, Socialists run out of other peoples' money to spend.)
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To: steven33442

But did he have sex with her?


7 posted on 09/03/2009 6:12:21 PM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights (Green will NEVER be the color of 9/11.)
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To: steven33442

How con-veeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeenient.


8 posted on 09/03/2009 6:12:30 PM PDT by AnnGora (As a result of the Stimulus Bill, Napoleon has no more tots to give.)
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To: steven33442
"he never escaped the despair he felt after she died in the 1969 car crash"

Kennedy 'joked about Chappaquiddick'
Biographer reveals deadly incident was a 'favorite topic of humor'

August 28, 2009

"Edward Klein, speaking to WAMU guest host Katty Kay, said one of Kennedy's 'favorite topics of humor was, indeed, Chappaquiddick.'

"He would ask people, 'Have you heard any new jokes about Chappaquiddick?' said Klein, a former Newsweek foreign editor and former editor in chief of the New York Times Magazine."

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=108256
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YouTube video: Kennedy liked to joke about Chappaquiddick

"This isn't an accusation from Ted Kennedy's political opponents, but a nostalgic remembrance by one of his friends. Ed Klein, former Newsweek editor, tells the Diane Rehm Show:

"I dont know if you know this or not, but one of his favorite topics of humor was indeed Chappaquiddick itself. And he would ask people, have you heard any new jokes about Chappaquiddick? That is just the most amazing thing. Its not that he didnt feel remorse about the death of Mary Jo Kopechne, but that he still always saw the other side of everything and the ridiculous side of things, too."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaiTipTtbak

9 posted on 09/03/2009 6:12:44 PM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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Isn’t he the guy who loved jokes about her murder?

And to think that the Catholic Church even let his casket into their front door. Disgusting!!!!!


10 posted on 09/03/2009 6:13:43 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: steven33442

Last week he was lying in repose. This week he is lying from his grave.

I thought that was quite witty.LOL


11 posted on 09/03/2009 6:13:51 PM PDT by puppypusher (The world is going to the Dogs.)
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To: steven33442
...reports of wild Kennedy excesses were exaggerated.

Like the evening in Palm Beach when your nephew was getting himself in trouble, one of the women invited over swore in court you answered the front door with absolutely nothing but a TeeShirt and a drink?

12 posted on 09/03/2009 6:13:56 PM PDT by theDentist (fybo qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: steven33442
that he never escaped the despair he felt after she died in the 1969 car crash that has been seared into the national consciousness

Dude! She is dead because you didn't do the right thing! You actually walked pass the firestation and a private house on the long way to your hotel... where you turned in for the night.

RIH! I hope Mary Jo is waiting for you with a bat...

13 posted on 09/03/2009 6:14:11 PM PDT by John123 (If Teddy was the lion of the senate... then we were the prey.)
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To: steven33442

Dead is dead.


14 posted on 09/03/2009 6:16:01 PM PDT by golas1964 (It takes an ACORN to raze a village.)
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To: steven33442

Sounds like a good fiction read, aside from the barf factor.

He “regrets getting drinks” with Wm. K. Smith?? I thought he roused the “boys” (Wm. and Patrick) to go out with the specific goal of drinking and picking up women.


15 posted on 09/03/2009 6:16:09 PM PDT by GnuHere
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To: steven33442

I think he killed her because he had knocked her up!


16 posted on 09/03/2009 6:16:31 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: steven33442

Yes, and his college buddy made him cheat on the Spanish test.


17 posted on 09/03/2009 6:17:55 PM PDT by Carley (WHEN YOU HONOR THE DISHONORABLE YOU SHOW YOUR OWN TRUE COLORS)
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To: steven33442
Amid the regrets, Kennedy asserted his zest for what he considered to be the good life, but he mocked the exaggerated reports of his personal excesses. “I have enjoyed the company of women,” he wrote.

Yeah, Ted, I saw the pictures of you in the speedboat in that old GQ article. I’ll just bet you did.

18 posted on 09/03/2009 6:18:38 PM PDT by RichInOC ("Well, Ah do declare! It looks as if the Senator has changed his position on offshore drillin'.")
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To: John123
RIH! I hope Mary Jo is waiting for you with a bat...

I have no desire for that, as that would put poor Miss Kopechne in Hell, too. I'm sure that she will allow some garden variety devils or other lost should administer the punishment, assuming that the Senator did not have final repentance, which, based on the evidence, is a pretty safe bet.
19 posted on 09/03/2009 6:20:59 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: steven33442
I wonder who actually wrote this POS memoir? We know Kennedy hasn't been able to deliver a coherent message on his own for years thanks to his alcoholic wet brain.
20 posted on 09/03/2009 6:22:55 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: steven33442
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy said in a new book that he was not romantically
involved with young Mary Jo Kopechne and that he never escaped the despair
he felt after she died in the 1969 car crash that has been seared into the
national consciousness as "Chappaquiddick."

He acknowledged that he enjoyed women and drink

...She (Mary Joe K.) was in Green Oldsmobile, taking Dictation.
11pm @ night....right.

...just how many drinks...errr...a bottle(s) of Scotch Whiskey before 10:30am, every morning?


21 posted on 09/03/2009 6:23:45 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Zer0 to the voter: "Welcome to 'MY' DeathCARE ® Plan"...Sucker! ...now just die. :^)
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To: steven33442

I sell books as a side-line. That book has REMAINDER MARK written all over it, LOL!

Trust me. Any books written by Liberals go straight to CLEARANCE.

Books by true Conservatives (No RINOS!!) hold their value no matter how hard the liberals in the bookstores try to hide them in the back of the store. :)


22 posted on 09/03/2009 6:24:12 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: steven33442

Birth: Jul. 26, 1940
Death: Jul. 19, 1969

Teacher and Administrator, she is most remembered for her controversial death in an automobile accident with Senator Edward Kennedy; the resulting political scandal caused Kennedy to reverse his decision to run for the US Presidency. Born in Forty Fort, Pennsylvania, she was the only child of insurance salesman Joseph and Gwen Kopechne. After graduating from Caldwell College, New Jersey, she taught at Montgomery Catholic High School in Montgomery, Alabama, and then moved to Washington DC to work as a secretary for Florida Senator George Smathers. Shortly afterwards, she went to work as a secretary for New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy following his election in 1964. After Senator Robert F. Kennedy's death in 1968, she moved to Matt Reese Associates, a Washington DC firm that helped politicians establish campaign headquarters, and it was there she met Senator Edward Kennedy, Robert Kennedy's younger brother.

On the evening of July 18, 1969, she attended a party on Chappaquiddick Island, near Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, in honor of the "Boiler Room Girls," a name given to the six young women who had helped the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy during his presidential campaign, and who had closed up his files after his assassination in June 1968. All six of the women were single, and the six men in attendance were all married but present without their wives, and the attendees gathered for a late night party at the Lawrence Cottage, rented by Joe Gargan for the occasion.

Late that evening (the exact time is in dispute), Kennedy offered to drive Kopechne back to her hotel at the Katama Shores Motor Inn in Edgartown, and later claimed that he mistakenly took a wrong, right turn onto Dyke Road, a dirt road leading to a beach about a mile down the road, instead of turning left onto the paved Chappaquiddick Road leading to the ferryboat which they would need to use to go to Kopechne's motel.

A half-mile down Dyke Road, Kennedy drove off the side of the Dyke Bridge, and the car overturned into Poucha Pond. Kennedy got out of the overturned car, but Kopechne failed to exit the car and died. Kopechne's body was recovered later that morning; the diver reporting that Kopechne had positioned herself near the back seat wheel well where an air pocket had formed, and had apparently suffocated rather than drowned. Her parents ruled out an autopsy, so the cause of death was never officially determined.

Senator Kennedy later pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident after causing injury, for which he received a two-month suspended sentence and one year probation. Kopechne's death and Kennedy's failure to properly deal with the accident, along with numerous discrepancies in his account of what happened, damaged his reputation and is regarded by many as the major reason that he decided to cancel his run for the presidency in 1972 and subsequent years.

Kopechne's funeral was held on July 22, 1969, at St. Vincent's Roman Catholic Church in Plymouth, Pennsylvania, and she was buried in the parish cemetery there.

(bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson)

Burial:
Saint Vincents Cemetery
Larksville
Luzerne County
Pennsylvania, USA


The new family tombstone, erected after the death of Mary Jo's mother in December, 2007.
Added by: Geoff Wilson, 9/04/2008

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=4569

23 posted on 09/03/2009 6:25:09 PM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: John123

It isn’t Mary Jo who is waiting with a whole flock of bats.


24 posted on 09/03/2009 6:25:50 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Proud Sarah-Bot.)
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To: steven33442

Maybe some of those boiler room girls, supposed friends of Mary Jo, at the party that night will have enough guts tocome forward and tell the truth about what happened. Kennedy can’t do anything to hurt them now if they do.


25 posted on 09/03/2009 6:28:15 PM PDT by golf lover
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To: ETL

“Her parents ruled out an autopsy, so the cause of death was never officially determined.”

Wonder what THAT cost the Kennedy family?

I can’t even imagine “selling out” my daughter that way, but those were different times...


26 posted on 09/03/2009 6:28:43 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: steven33442

Little surprise! Ted Kennedy makes a lame and feeble attempt
at rewriting history - from the grave, no less.

Sorry Ted, didn’t believe you when you were living; not about to start believing you now.


27 posted on 09/03/2009 6:29:10 PM PDT by Ragtime
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To: Protect the Bill of Rights

I think he may be technically telling the truth on this one. He probably never had a chance to have sex with her, because the car never made it to the secluded beach on the other side of that bridge, where he obviously intended to “make his move”.


28 posted on 09/03/2009 6:29:27 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: ETL
I had asked this question on another thread a few days ago: Why was there never an autopsy? You answered my question, thank you.

Although rumors in MA still say she was with his (Kennedy), child.

5.56mm

29 posted on 09/03/2009 6:29:40 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: steven33442

Tell me, will his book be available in audio?


30 posted on 09/03/2009 6:31:20 PM PDT by elizabethgrace (WORLD CHAMPIONS - Park View Little League - Chula Vista, CA !!!!!!)
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To: steven33442
Last week he was lying in repose. This week he is lying from his grave.

That!!! Well said...

31 posted on 09/03/2009 6:34:25 PM PDT by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. God help us.)
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To: steven33442
Fiction - A literary work whose content is produced by the imagination and is not necessarily based on fact

Lyin King indeed.

32 posted on 09/03/2009 6:34:26 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bail out)
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To: puppypusher

His living spokesperson:

http://hotairpundit.blogspot.com/2009/08/grandaughter-of-jfk-flips-off-someone.html

Kennedy lives!


33 posted on 09/03/2009 6:35:07 PM PDT by All Blue State
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34 posted on 09/03/2009 6:35:54 PM PDT by Electric Graffiti (Yonder stands your orphan with his gun)
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To: M Kehoe

An autopsy also may have revealed if the cause of death was drowning or suffocation. The diver on the scene said she had positioned herself where an air pocket would have developed, and therefore was probably alive for an hour or more after the crash.


35 posted on 09/03/2009 6:37:24 PM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: steven33442

Lying sack of crap!


36 posted on 09/03/2009 6:44:26 PM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: steven33442
I'll probably receive flames higher than the LA fires, but --

Was he just giving her a ride home? Maybe. Did he expect to get lucky with her? Probably. Was he unfaithful to his first wife Joan? Sure. These simply prove that his personal conduct was sleazy, which comes as a surprise to no one.

But the terrible thing Teddy did was to leave Mary Jo to drown and then to try to cover it up later, for which he received a slap on the wrist. Criticizing him for this is eminently fair. For an affair that some allege without evidence, unfair.
37 posted on 09/03/2009 6:48:19 PM PDT by normanpubbie
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To: steven33442

I clearly remember Mary Jo’s mother shortly after the accident talk about the fact that her daughter had a boy friend. She gave the impression that their friendship was leading to an engagement.

Does anyone remember the boy friend ever coming forward and talking about Mary Jo?


38 posted on 09/03/2009 6:53:59 PM PDT by Maine Mariner
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To: ETL

Everybody, I’m going to indulge in a parallel-universe scenario. For just a few minutes.

On that July night in 1969 (I remember the real headlines well, BTW) Kennedy’s car crashes into Poucha Pond on Chappaquiddick Island. He escapes to the surface, then runs to the nearest house with lights on and frantically bangs on the door. The surprised occupants immediately telephone the police with a request for a SCUBA rescue squad. Less than an hour after the crash, Mary Jo Kopechne is pulled from the sunken car, gasping, frightened, but very much alive.

Later, during a routine physical exam, it is found that she is in fact pregnant. A chagrined Kennedy admits to the affair and declares he will provide for the unmarried Mary Jo and her child when it is born. He asks both his wife Joan and the Catholic Church for forgiveness.

Question: would this outcome have doomed Kennedy’s chances for the Presidency as much as the real outcome did?

Thoughts?


39 posted on 09/03/2009 6:55:09 PM PDT by elcid1970
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To: normanpubbie

You are on to something here. He really didn’t have “an affair” with Mary Jo Kopechne because she had died in the lake before he had had the opportunity to bed her.

Kennedy is technically telling the truth, I guess.


40 posted on 09/03/2009 6:55:33 PM PDT by steven33442
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To: All

Remember this FRiends...Fat ol’ Teddy Boy met his Maker last week, he can’t lie to Him. Not to judge, but for all we know he is in a very hot place right now....and I don’t mean a tropical beach.


41 posted on 09/03/2009 6:56:03 PM PDT by LegalEagle61 (If you are going to burn our flag, please make sure you are wearing it when you do!)
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To: Reagan Man
Lying sack of crap!


Slide show of a few Kennedy's "claim to fame" images!

Click Here

Reagan Man - You took the words right off of my keyboard!

Rot in hell Ted Kennedy!

42 posted on 09/03/2009 6:56:20 PM PDT by B-Cause (It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived.)
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To: steven33442

He had about as much honest regret as Clinton had about Monica. There was never contrition, only disappointment at having gotten caught. In Ted’s delusonal mind, this prevented him from becoming president and it was something that he couldn’t blame on anyone else.


43 posted on 09/03/2009 6:59:28 PM PDT by festusbanjo (Ted Kennedy is a shovel ready project!)
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To: steven33442

“he could never escape the dispair” about the accident. Hmm, seems if he were really sorry about it, he’d not have waited overnight to tell someone, or better yet, he’d have saved her himself. It’s between him and God now. I trust completely that justice has been done.


44 posted on 09/03/2009 7:00:52 PM PDT by TheConservativeParty (I am Sarah Palin. I am the NRA.)
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To: elcid1970
Question: would this outcome have doomed Kennedy’s chances for the Presidency as much as the real outcome did?

I would think not.

45 posted on 09/03/2009 7:01:14 PM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: elcid1970
would this outcome have doomed Kennedy’s chances for the Presidency

It would certainly have doomed his chances to be a Democrat candidate for President.

Also we must not forget, by taking the moral low road, Ted provided a template to a young Billy J. Clinton about how to structure his life.

46 posted on 09/03/2009 7:01:48 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: steven33442
Kennedy, then 37, pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and got a suspended sentence and probation.

A travesty, and something only a privledged, spoiled brat of a wealthy, corrupt democratic clan could get out of.
47 posted on 09/03/2009 7:05:45 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Welcome to the Revolution.)
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To: steven33442
Of course he was not involved: he was GOING to be involved when he was taking that lady across the bridge to a secluded beach late in the evening. An “unfortunate” drowning of the lady prevented, of course, that relationship from blossoming further.
48 posted on 09/03/2009 7:06:48 PM PDT by TopQuark
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To: nascarnation

I am not sure why Teddy didn’t want to run in 1968 or 1972, as he would have been handed the Democrat nomination for the asking.


49 posted on 09/03/2009 7:23:52 PM PDT by steven33442
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To: steven33442

Of 1976 , for that matter.


50 posted on 09/03/2009 7:25:10 PM PDT by steven33442
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