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In 1972 Ted Kennedy, younger brother of President John F. Kennedy, was a popular potential nominee for the Democratic party’s nomination. Kennedy, a Senator from Massachusetts, was at the time the Senate Majority Whip, and announced that he would not be running for the presidency. Instead, Richard Nixon and McGovern campaigned against each other, Nixon winning a second term. Kennedy later campaigned for the presidency in 1980 but lost against Jimmy Carter, and remained as a Senator known for his liberalism and was influential in passing numerous laws concerning AIDS, immigration, and education. Kennedy is the fourth-longest serving Senator, having served for 47 years from 1962 until his death in 2009.
Ted Kennedy. (n.d.). Retrieved November 29, 2015 from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Kennedy.