Rep. Joe Kennedy for­mally an­nounces Se­nate bid

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Second Front -

BOS­TON — U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III for­mally de­clared his can­di­dacy for the U.S. Se­nate on Satur­day, be­com­ing the first mem­ber of the Kennedy political dy­nasty to run for the up­per cham­ber of Congress from Mas­sachusetts since Ed­ward M. Kennedy in 1962.

The Demo­crat spoke to sup­port­ers gath­ered in a com­mu­nity cen­ter dur­ing a kick­off event in East Bos­ton, where the Kennedy clan first set­tled af­ter ar­riv­ing from Ireland well over a cen­tury ago.

“Don­ald Trump has forced a long over­due reck­on­ing in Amer­ica, and how we re­spond will say ev­ery­thing about who we are,” Kennedy said. “We have to take on the bro­ken sys­tem peo­plethat gave rise to him in the

first place — the out­dated ex­pe­ri­ences, ”struc­tures and old rules, just­the ev­ery­day op­pres­sions

and in­jus­tices that hold in

our peo­ple back.”

AirJoe Kennedy is a grandoppor-son of Robert F. Kennedy, pro­to­col­swho was at­tor­ney gen­eral hap-in his own brother John F. Kennedy’s White House and was a sen­a­tor run­ning for the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion when he was as­sas­si­nated in 1968.JFK was felled by an as­sas­sin’s bullet five years ear­lier, in 1963.

The 38-year-old Joe Kennedy will face 73-yearold in­cum­bent Sen. Ed­ward Markey in next year’s Demo­cratic pri­mary.

Asked how he dif­fers from Markey, Kennedy ticked off a se­ries of is­sues he sup­ports in­clud­ing get­ting political ac­tion com­mit­tee money out of pol­i­tics, cre­at­ing term lim­its for Supreme Court jus­tices and abol­ish­ing the Elec­toral Col­lege. But he de­clined to crit­i­cize Markey di­rectly.

“Sen­a­tor Markey is a good man,” he said. “This is go­ing to be a tough race.”

Markey also sup­ports abol­ish­ing the Elec­toral Col­lege and cre­at­ing term lim­its for Supreme Court jus­tices.

On Satur­day, the sen­a­tor chal­lenged those run­ning against him, in­clud­ing Kennedy, to a cli­mate change de­bate in Novem­ber.

Markey sees the fight against cli­mate change and his push for the Green New Deal as sig­na­ture is­sues in his re-elec­tion cam­paign.

“I was very disappoint­ed at the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee’s re­fusal to hold a de­bate on cli­mate change for our pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates,” Markey said in a video re­leased Satur­day morn­ing.

“So to­day I’m chal­leng­ing Con­gress­man Joe Kennedy, Shan­non Liss-Rior­dan and Steve Pem­ber­ton to a cli­mate change de­bate, and to do it very soon.”

Liss-Rior­dan, a work­ers’ rights lawyer, and Pem­ber­ton, a for­mer se­nior ex­ec­u­tive at Wal­greens, are also chal­leng­ing Markey.

As­so­ci­ated Press

Demo­cratic U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, D-Mass., speaks to a young sup­porter as he ar­rives with his wife Lauren Kennedy, and son James Kennedy, one, in East Bos­ton to an­nounce his can­di­dacy for the Se­nate on Satur­day.


By STEVE LeBLANC cen­ter), on re­gardNorth Amer­i­can

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