Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Project Will Chronicle Ted Kennedy Legacy

A few years ago, Sen. Edward Kennedy started taking time at the end of each week to dictate a diary. Now those recordings, along with dozens of interviews spanning the Massachusetts senator's eight terms in Congress, will form the first oral history project that the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs will compile about a sitting member of Congress.

At a Capitol Hill ceremony marking the project's announcement Monday, the Massachusetts Democrat told the family members and friends that he was not finished making history.

"In no sense is this an announcement of my retirement," said Kennedy, who has said he plans to run for re-election to a ninth term in 2006. "I look forward to continuing to be a part of the major debates on the important issues of our time here in this institution that I love so very much, for many more years to come."

Kennedy's 42-year tenure in the Senate spans nine presidents and decades of legislative battles ranging from civil rights to health care, and Watergate to Clinton's impeachment trial.


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