Her husband raised the possibility of her candidacy both before and after he became ill with cancer, according to Kennedy, but she rejected the idea. “Every time I said, ‘You’re Sen. Kennedy, and that’s it,’” she said.
Sen. Kennedy died Aug. 25, 2009, and Republican Scott Brown won a special election for his seat in January 2010. He is up for re-election in 2012.
“I can’t imagine running for elective office without Teddy at my side, and that really is what it all comes down to,” Kennedy said. “I hope people respect that.”
She is currently working on the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, which will be built in Boston. A groundbreaking for the educational facility is planned for April.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.