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.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.