Ted Kennedy.


On October 12, 1979, CBS correspondent Roger Mudd asked Senator Edward M. Kennedy why he wanted to be the next president of the

United States. With the cameras rolling, Kennedy began: § “Well, I'm — were I to make the announcement and to run, the reasons I would run is because I have a great belief in this country. That it is — there’s more natural resources than any nation in the world; the greatest education population in the world; the greatest technology of any country in the world; the greatest capacity for innovation in the world; and the greatest political system in the world.”§ The answer went on for 336 words. If this were a painting, it would be a bad Jackson Pollock, at once incoherent and repetitive.

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