KU News Release

Aug. 26, 2009
Contact: Cori Ast, Dole Institute of Politics, (785) 864-1156

Media advisory: Ted Kennedy memorial at Dole Institute of Politics

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WHAT: An exhibit on Ted Kennedy, with photos and narrative from the Robert J. Dole Archive and Special Collections, will be on display at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas. The exhibit includes information on the relationship between former Sens. Kennedy and Dole.

A memorial book is also available for the public to leave comments and condolences, which will be sent to Kennedy’s family.

WHO: Ted Kennedy was a Democratic senator from Massachusetts, whose career in the Senate spanned 47 years. Kennedy and Dole at times worked closely and at other times, opposing each other. They both worked together in support of the Americans with Disabilities Act and other legislation and debated contemporary issues on “Face Off,” a daily radio show, from 1984 to 1987. Kennedy died Aug. 25 after a yearlong battle with brain cancer at age 77.

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday until Friday, Sept. 4.

WHERE: Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics, 2350 Petefish Drive on KU’s west campus next to the Lied Center.

WHY: “Ted and I served together for 35 1/2 years, 27 1/2 of those in the U.S. Senate, where we worked together on many important pieces of legislation, including the Martin Luther King Holiday Bill, the Americans with Disabilities Act and Social Security amendments,” said Dole. “He is the hardest working senator I met. He was always prepared. He was a strong ally if you were in agreement but a formidable opponent when he had a different view. Though he had his own philosophy, he always reached across the aisle for a bipartisan solution on issues that mattered to the American people and he could grasp where those compromises could be found better than anyone.

“As the head of the large Kennedy family, he will be missed by his many loved ones and countless friends. Elizabeth and I extend our deepest sympathies to Vicki and the family.

“One of the powerhouses of all time, Ted Kennedy’s absence in the Capitol will be felt for decades to come. One good example is the health care debate where he would be right in the middle of it.”

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