Kennedy remembered as lawmaker who changed history

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The late Edward M. Kennedy, a champion of liberal causes who represented Massachusetts in the US Senate for 47 years, was remembered fondly today in a ceremony at the state Democratic convention.

"The simple truth is this: His greatness was that he fought for the people and the principles of Massachusetts. And in that half-century where he never grew tired and he never gave in, he became one of those few, one of those rare and happy few, who bend the course of history itself," said Victoria Reggie Kennedy, the widow of the liberal icon.

The tribute to Kennedy came towards the end of the convention, which had earlier nominated Governor Deval Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray for reelection.

Kennedy "kept his eye on the horizon because he saw a better vision for a better, more hopeful, more just America, and he kept working for that," said Patrick. "And let us take that into our own lives as a living tribute to Ted Kennedy."

"It still hurts. I still miss him so much," said Robert Haynes, president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO. "Do you remember his voice, do you remember his enthusiasm, do you remember his infectious laughter, and love for working people?"...

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