When Ted Kennedy was elected to the senate in 1962 he arrived in Washington overshadowed by his older brothers: President John F. Kennedy and Attorney General Robert Kennedy. In the 46 years since, he endured their tragic deaths and created a legacy of his own. "The name Edward Kennedy, who is 36, is expected to be heard often in years ahead," predicted Whispers in 1968, after the assassination of brother, Bobby. His name often appeared in the Washington Whispers column as a potential presidential candidate. And Kennedy did run in the primaries against President Jimmy Carter in 1980. In more recent years, Whispers reported on how Kennedy came "roaring back" from brain surgery and on his speech last summer at the Democratic convention.
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