Senator Edward Kennedy announced at a press conference in Boston on Thursday (11 June) that he would stand for re-election in November as United States senator for Massachusetts.
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: KENNEDY: "Today I am announcing my candidacy for re-election for the Senate of the United States for Massachusetts. I've had the great honour and the privilege of serving Massachusetts in the United States Senate for the last eight years. And now I am seeking the support of the people of this State to continue that service in the United States Senate. During these next several months I will be campaigning all over Massachusetts presenting my legislative record and talking about the issues of 1970 and the issues as I see it as we move on into the 1970s. I intend to campaign hard and vigorously and look forward with enthusiasm to this campaign."
QUESTION: "Any possibilities about 1972 and another higher officer?"
KENNEDY: "No, as I've expressed on a number of different occasions, if elected I will serve the six years in the United States Senate. I will not be a candidate in 1972."
QUESTION: "Would you reject a draft movement?"
KENNEDY: "I've answered that before. I've made it as clear as I could and I've answered that in the affirmative."
QUESTION: "You will be a candidate for next President, not his one but the next one coming up?"
KENNEDY: "I think if there's been something that our family has learned over the period of time is that we don't make long-term plans, that's been an experience that we've had."
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Background: Senator Edward Kennedy announced at a press conference in Boston on Thursday (11 June) that he would stand for re-election in November as United States senator for Massachusetts.
The statement came only a day before the Democratic State Convention was due to meet to select candidates for the election and nearly 11 months after Senator Kennedy's political future was threatened by an automobile accident in which Mary Jo Kopechne, a campaign worker for the Senator's late brother Robert, was killed.
Speaking at his apartment in Boston Senator Kennedy told newsmen: