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.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., carries a musket on stage as he speaks during the American Conservative Union's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., on Thursday March 6, 2014.